The JDSE&P Committee takes on the responsibility for the training of Judges, Demonstrators, Speakers and Teachers and giving advice where appropriate. Details of each discipline and our Judges, Demonstrators, Speakers and Teachers can be found by using the below buttons.
We meet annually with Club Programme Secretaries to keep them up to date with information from Headquarters and current issues concerning all disciplines.
The Committee also organises Area Workshops for members, Refresher and Training days and publishes a Kent Area Booklet giving details of all current Judges, Demonstrators, Speakers and Teachers every two years.
We have a Photography Rep. who takes photographs at Kent Area events and organises a regular Photographic Competition in the Kent Area and encourages members to enter National Photography Competitions.
The Kent Area supports members who may wish to train in a certain discipline and will help to fund this training. The committee also arranges fund-raising activities in the area to help support this training, the most popular being the JDSE&P Day in the Spring each year. We have a Speaker in the morning, Lunch and a Demonstrator in the afternoon. There is a table competition on that day for clubs to participate, with a chosen theme for their design, which is judged by members and a qualified judge.
If you would like more information about any of the activities of this committee please contact the Chairman, Marilyn Marsh on firstname.lastname@example.org or the respective Representatives whose details can be found in the following pages
Each year we organise a day, usually in March, and usually at Ditton Community Centre, Maidstone when members can meet with all the representatives:- Judges, Demonstrators, Speakers, Education and Photography. This gives them a chance to not only meet the Reps but see what they have arranged for members for the coming year. We usually have a speaker in the morning, a Table Competition when clubs can create table designs to a prescribed Schedule, to be judged by a qualified Judge and also members. This is followed by a two course lunch and a demonstration in the afternoon.
So, ‘Save the Date’: 20th March 2020 We have booked Richard Griffin for the morning who was an aide to the Royal family and the afternoon demonstrator will be – National Demonstrator, Nick Grounds with his title ‘Floraliscious’. This promises to be a very exciting day so book your tickets early as we are usually oversubscribed. More details nearer the time.
Information about Booking a Judge, Demonstrator, Speaker or Teacher
When seeking to engage a Judge, Demonstrator, Speaker or Teacher, the official NAFAS booking form must be used. This is known as a "blue form" and they are available from the Area Trading Officer. These should be used to make sure the booking is formal and that all the necessary information has been provided. These forms should not be used if booking a non-qualified person who is not on a NAFAS list.
Booking procedure: The Judge, Demonstrator, Speaker or Teacher should be contacted by telephone or email to check their availability. Fullest details of the date, day, time and location including post code, should be given and and expenses/fees agreed. The fees and expenses are by negotiation between the Club and the person being booked. Information must be given as to whether the meeting is open or not.
Then complete the booking form, give as much detail of the hall. Where appropriate give as much information about the hall, stage, lighting and sound system as possible. A suitable form can be found on the demonstrators page.
Part A of the form is completed by the programme secretary and the whole form is sent to the person who is being booked together with a stamped addressed envelope. The Judge, Demonstrator, Speaker or Teacher will then, on accepting, retain part A, complete part B and return parts B&C to the Programme Secretary, who on agreeing to the booking details complete and returns part C.
The programme secretary should then contact the Judge, Demonstrator, Speaker or Teacher approximately three weeks prior to the event to finalise arrangements.
Open Meeting The definition of an open meeting is when the meeting is advertised as an Open Meeting and tickets are sold to those other than Club Members or where there is a Group Meeting and the audience is larger than 150, Clubs and Demonstrators should not book the same Demonstration within a 12 mile radius in the same three month period.
The Code of Practice for Clubs, Demonstrators, Speakers and Teachers provides some useful information as to how to the get the best from your event.