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.

Please note that the July council meeting will now take place ONLINE by Zoom. Please contact the Area Secretary if you would like to attend.

A reminder that this month’s Chairman’s Challenge has the subject “Wedding Time”. As before, this can be a design, an assemblage, a still life or a collection of plants or containers. Please can you email a high resolution picture of your entry to Sue Guilliatt before the end of this month.

The Area Executive are delighted to announce the 2021 Scarborough Weekend. Full details and application forms are on the special Scarborough page of this website which you can find here. PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU HAVE PAID YOUR DEPOSIT FOR THE SCARBOROUGH WEEKEND THE REMAINING BALANCE IS NOW DUE. LATEST NEWSAREA PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION ANNOUNCED please see the Scarborough Weekend page of this website for further details.

The National Virtual Show (April 2021) has been given its own page in this website, link here as well as on the menu bar to your left. All dates and information will be uploaded there.

Further to the decision made at a meeting of the National Board on 3 March 2021 regarding the sale of Osborne House please see here a letter from the National Chairman, Katherine Kear.

Chairman’s Challenge 2021 Katherine Kear, the National Chairman gave all the 21 Areas of NAFAS a fun challenge: to come up with a photograph of an original design or concept (not having previously been exhibited on posted on social media before) representing a monthly title. Each Area chooses one to go forward nationally and the Board then chooses a winner. After being assessed all the designs are then posted on the National website. Please send your designs by email to our Treasurer Sue Guilliatt. The monthly titles are:
March: A Spring Bonnet
April: No competition (it’s the National Virtual Show)
May: May Day Celebrations
June: Wedding Time
July: Happy Holidays
August: A Picnic on the Beach
September: Back to School
October: Here Comes Autumn
November: Remember, Remember the 5th November
The “rules” (if such a formal word could be used) are simple: The photograph can be of a design, a still life, a collection of plants or containers or an assemblage. Good luck!

Vanessa Wellock, our Second Vice Chairman and Educational Representative is pleased to introduce to the Area the “Basic Teaching Manual” and course. Vanessa writes: It a manual to provide the basics of good teaching practice and is for educators with no formal teaching qualifications, e.g. educators who teach leisure classes, committee members who run workshops in flower clubs, or demonstrators who run workshops. The Education Committee are wanting each area to organise a short two day course to pick these educators up which allows them to have the basics of good teaching practice. The Introduction can be downloaded here

WAFA New Zealand 2023 Disappointingly, but not surprisingly, a decision has been made to postpone the next WAFA Competition in Auckland to 2024. If anyone has made any enquiries to ECT or any other agents they will be in touch soon.

Please click here to download the latest, January edition of the Newsletter from Katherine Kear, the National Chairman. The Christmas edition is still available here.

Not only we in the North East Area produced a new newsletter (see next item) the National Board have as well including pieces from both of the members from this area: Ann Harding and Peter Mathers. Please click here to read and enjoy.

NORTH EAST AREA NEWSAPRIL 2021 We have another new edition of the newsletter. Simply click here and enjoy. Please note that if you have already downloaded this, the date of the Great Yorkshire Show is incorrect. It is 13 – 16 July not May.

As we could not meet as usual in Wakefield this year’s AGM took 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.

On Monday 23 November the Area met with Steven Lane, NAFASCEO together with Club representatives. To download a written record of the meeting please click here (Word document, 40kb) and to listen to an audio recording of the meeting please click here (you will need to click on the triangular “play” button, it does not auto-play)

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.

NAFAS National Accounts 2020 Please click here to download a FULL copy of the 2019/2020 NAFAS National accounts. (.pdf document, 1.63MB)

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 (.pdf document, 279kb) (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 (.pdf document, 2.61MB) to download and read it.

FACEBOOK LIVE WORKSHOP Click here to view again Vanessa’s online demonstration from Thursday 17 December. That’s it for the year, but the old ones are still worth a watch…to view the online demonstration that was on Wednesday 23 September click here 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.

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