On Thursday, the 17th November, Pershore Flower Club held its annual open meeting at Number 8 in Pershore which, of course, had been postponed over two years. However, on this occasion most of our members and a large number of guests came to the event, including the Vice President (soon to be President) of the Three Counties and South Wales Area of NAFAS.
Our demonstrator this year was Arnaud Metairie, who lives in Winchcombe and whose reputation went before him and was the reason we were able to sell so many tickets. His designs were spectacular and plentiful and created a real “Winter Wonderland” which was the title of his evening. As we in the audience were in complete darkness - but of course Arnaud and his masterful work were well lit up - a detailed description of each design was not possible. He used ferns, pittasporum, sprigs of conifer, fatsia and bergenia leaves, all from his own garden and other foliage “pinched from his very kind neighbours”. His flowers ranged from roses in glorious colours, carnations, chrysanthemums, stems of alstromaria, orchids, cymbidium orchids and more, to which he added Christmas sparkle in various forms. Tasteful addition of glittering accessories extenuated the festive feel.
It was a spectacular evening and the vote of thanks given by Trish Ducker expressed the view of all that Arnaud had given us a magnificent display of his art and one we would never forget. Many people, both members and guests, were delighted to go home having won either an arrangement or a raffle prize.
Our next meeting is the Annual General Meeting on the 18th January, when the annual subscription of £30 is due, and the first demonstration for 2023 will be on Wednesday, the 15th February when Yvonne Berry of Bromyard will entertain us with her “Sporting Favourites”.
All newcomers are welcome and for further details contact Ann Kingscott on: 01905 936477