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 60 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.

VIRTUAL GARDEN VISITS As it is so difficult at the present time to enjoy the pleasures of visiting open gardens, we thought we would bring 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) but 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). 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.

NORTH EAST AREA AUGUST COMPETITION For our fun competition, we return to photography, but still with a garden theme. Here are the rules:
There are two class titles
You may submit up to TWO digital images per class (i.e. you may have four entries in total spread over the two classes)
Entries are open to any member of a North East Area of NAFAS club
No image manipulation is allowed EXCEPT image cropping
Entries to be submitted by email to nafas.northeast.web (at) gmail (dot) com (it’s the usual email address)
Entries will be posted on our Facebook page and on this website
CLASS 1 TITLE: “Wildlife in the Garden”
CLASS 2 TITLE: “A Garden Feature” (this title is deliberately vague to let your imagination flow – it could be a garden ornament or something in your garden you are particularly proud of…)
Final date for entries 31 August 2020.

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.

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

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 Here are links to Vanessa Wellock’s Facebook Live Workshops: For the demonstration on Wednesday 29 July click here (Please note that there was a problem with the video resolution for the first few minutes on this one but it does right itself eventually!); 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 is another Live Demonstration TODAY (Wednesday 29 July)

VIRTUAL GARDEN VISIT Three members of New Earswick Flower Club came together to create a YouTube video of their garden as an alternative to an actual garden visit that the Club had planned that was cancelled. The video can be viewed 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.

CLICK HERE to download the latest HQ update regarding COVID-19 (Updated 09 April 2020). the Links and Downloads page of this website has been updated to include two new documents: a “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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