Welcome to the North East Area of NAFAS

The North East Area of NAFAS is one of the 21 Areas within the United Kingdom which make up the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS). Within the Area, which covers the whole of Yorkshire plus parts of Teesside there are about 3000 members of 59 clubs.
The Area’s objectives are to represent the interests of NAFAS within the our Area and to advance public education in the art of flower arranging and related subjects.
If you enjoy flowers and would like to learn more about floral design there will be a Club near you waiting to welcome you to share in their friendship and love of flowers.

The news, links and downloads below have been colour coded. Boxes with a blue background involve Area events, news or publications. those with a green background are National events, news or publications.

As we cannot meet as usual in Wakefield this year’s AGM will take place in paper form. There are two downloads here: the combined Reports of the President, Chairman and Representatives of the disciplines, combined with the Treasurer’s Report. The second download is an Excel spreadsheet which includes the audited accounts.
To download the full AGM Report please click here (Word document)
To download the Accounts please click here (Excel spreadsheet)
Please note that to view the accounts you will need to click on the “tab” buttons at the foot of each sheet.

Little did we expect that when the first Competition was launched in Spring that we would still be at it at the end of the year.
A heartfelt thank you to all those who have contributed with entries over the past few months. So here are the details of the competition that will take us up to the end of the year…

It is a practical competition to create a design, take a photograph of it (plus a second one if you wish to highlight a specific part of the design) and email to nafas.northeast.web@gmail.com
The title of the design is Let’s Celebrate Christmas
The design can be of any size and any style
As this is a Christmas competition, and in accordance with the NAFAS Competitions Manual, Third Edition (2015), artificial plant material will be allowed
You may enter up to TWO designs (but one will do!)
The closing date for receipt of entries is noon 15 December 2020

Please click here to read the statement from the new National Chairman, Katherine Kear following the resignation of the previous National Chairman, Dr. Christina Curtis.

Note for Club Chairman and Programme Secretaries Please note that the Judges, Demonstrators, Speakers and Teachers section which can be found here has been UPDATED to include those individuals willing to give Online talks and demonstrations by Zoom, Facebook Live and suchlike. The page can be found here (as well as the link on the left of this page) For budding demonstrators, speakers and teachers who need some advice about using Zoom to deliver talks etc. online, some NAFAS Guidelines have been produced. They can be downloaded here.

VIRTUAL GARDEN VISITSUPDATED 29 SEPTEMBER As it is so difficult at the present time to enjoy the pleasures of visiting open gardens, we thought we would start a library of “virtual” garden visits. We have already posted the link to the video that New Earswick did in July of three members’ gardens (the link is available here;) we now have a second video of the garden and allotment of our own Area Secretary; this can be viewed here (look out for a special guest appearance of Rosie, Ann’s black Labrador), now a third garden: that of Janet Hayton which can be viewed here, the garden of Joyce Hearnshaw from Huddersfield here and another of our own Area Treasurer Sue Guilliatt. Sue has a lovely garden that she has been spending a lot of time working on recently high up in the East Yorkshire Wolds in the village of Little Weighton. The video can be viewed here the townhouse garden of our Vice-Chairman Sheila Drybrough in Birkenshaw, that can be viewed here and the latest is the garden of Gordon and Janet Ratcliffe from Brighouse; this can be viewed here We are on the lookout for other gardens to feature if it is safe to do so. If you would like to show off your garden, please contact the Webmaster or any member of the Executive. These links have also been posted on the “Links and Downloads” page on this website.

2021 DIARIES Diaries (pictured here) are now available. They are a mustard yellow colour and the cover has a smart stitched “suede-effect” look. They are priced at £4.99 plus postage; a single diary postage is £1.09 with the more purchased, the lower cost per diary (30 diaries can be sent for £8.79). Because of us not meeting, diaries this year are available not locally but direct from Vanessa Keys at Osborne House (vanessa(at)nafas(dot)org(dot)uk) or telephone 020-7247 5567

NAFAS National Accounts 2020 Please click here to download a FULL copy of the 2019/2020 NAFAS National accounts.

NORTH EAST AREA NEWS We have a new edition of the newsletter. Obviously because of not being able to meet physically, distribution of the Newsletter is different this time and it is available as a download. Simply click here and enjoy. Thanks to Joyce Harrow for producing this.

Osborne House, the NAFAS National Headquarters A Working Group has been set up in Summer 2020 to review the future look of the Association and specifically at the role of Osborne House, our Grade II listed Headquarters in the City of London. The first interim Report has been published and is available to download here (it’s also in the Downloads section of our website. If you have any questions about this please direct them initially through your Club chairman.

Another newsletter that has been produced is from the National Board of Directors. Simply click here to download and read it.

RESULTS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORSELECTIONS 2020 At a virtual National Council Meeting that took place on Friday 24 July 2020 the following election results were announced:

Board Members 2020/2023
The following have been elected to serve for three years (October 2020 – October 2023) on the National Board:
PETER MATHERS (North East Area)
MALA WILLIAMS (Wessex and Jersey Area)
NICKY WYLIE (Cheshire Area)

Election of National Vice Chairman
KATHERINE KEAR (Three Counties and South Wales Area) has been elected as National Vice Chairman. Her term of office is October 2020 – October 2022 (you will remember Katherine from her visit to the North East Area recently for Members’ Day with her demonstration entitled “The Little Green Orchard”)

The Board and National Chairman are delighted to announce the following individuals have been awarded National Associates of Honour Awards:
ALAN BEATTY (NIGFAS) (Northern Ireland)
SUE DAVIES (Mercia and North Wales)
KATHERINE KEAR (Three Counties and South Wales)
MARGARET RUMENS (South Midlands)

FACEBOOK LIVE WORKSHOP Vanessa had a well-earned rest in August but she’s back! Click here to view the latest online demonstration that was on Wednesday 23 September. Links to the previous demonstrations: For the demonstration on Wednesday 29 July click here (Please note that there was a problem with the video resolution on this one but it does right itself after a few minutes); for that on Wednesday 15 July click here, the 1 July demonstration is here and Vanessa’s first Demonstration on 17 June is still available to view here.

There are two important National statements informing NAFAS members of the resignation of two Board members plus the subsequent 10 point measures announced by the Board of Directors. These can be downloaded here and here. There is a third document here, an Area statement clarifying point 9 (of the 10 points mentioned above) following queries by some members of the North East Area.

The Links and Downloads page of this website has been updated to include two new documents: an “Unlock” Document detailing guidance for Clubs considering restarting their programmes, and a new download provided by HQ called The Power of Flowers a brief outline of the benefits of flowers and flower arranging in this unsettling time we are experiencing.

COVID-19 : Track and Trace Please note the guidance below in case you are telephoned by the Government’s Track and Trace Team: If NHS Test and Trace calls you by phone, the service will be using a single phone number 0300 013 5000. The only website the service will ask you to visit is https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk. Contact tracers will never:
• Ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
• Ask you to make any form of payment
• Ask for any details about your bank account
• Ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
• Ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
• Ask you to purchase a product
• Ask you to download any software to your device or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet
• Ask you to access any website that does not belong to the Government or NHS

Statement on Affiliation Fees issued by HQ:
On Friday 17 April 2020, at the Virtual Board Meeting, the Directors agreed that NAFAS was not in a position to offer a refund this year. However, on a more positive note there would be no increase in Affiliation Fees in 2021. But, with the ever-changing situation in which we find ourselves, discussion as well as review will continue regularly and further advice will be provided. At the moment, we believe that Clubs should not be put in the position of refunding membership. Everyone from the individual to the largest organisation and government has been affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic so the impact should be shared. All Areas of NAFAS and the Association itself have lost money due to the virus so a reduction in Affiliation Fees would place a significant extra burden at this level. Therefore, we are asking Clubs and their members to accept and share their loss of income and enjoyment to help keep NAFAS going.

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