Jenny Nye - Area Judges Rep Since retiring from my everyday job it has been my pleasure to be the Kent Area Judges Representative. I began my involvement with NAFAS when I joined Sevenoaks Flower Club inspiring me to take a City & Guilds three year, part-time Flower Arranging Course and changing the direction of my life! Then onto a Floristry Course at Hadlow College. Subsequently becoming an Area Judge, Area Demonstrator and Area Educationalist. Floral enthusiasm got me into joining the Vanguard Contemporary Design Group. My most amazing and enjoyable floral experience was being part of the Area Team staging the NAFAS exhibit at the 2008 Chelsea Flower Show and winning a Silver Gilt Medal!
The Role of the Judges Representative is varied and interesting and besides attending committee meetings, is representing our Kent Judges and passing onto them NAFAS judging information and keeping the Area Executive and Council members updated as well. I also organise the ever popular Inter-Club Table and Judge it Yourself competitions at the JDSE&P day.
Periodically Refresher Days are held for judges to provide the opportunity to be refreshed and inspired and to make sure their knowledge and skills are up to date with all the events in our ever changing world of floral design and related competition.
Becoming an Area Judge For those wishing to become Area Judges a Training Course set up by the National Judging Committee with mandatory attendance at six modules is necessary. The standard is high and candidates need to have a good knowledge of many aspects, with proficiency in Staging own Exhibit, Practical and Oral Judging, Horticultural Knowledge, and completing a Written Paper, If you are interested in becoming a judge, please do not hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would also draw your attention to the Judging Code of Practice for Areas, Clubs and Judges which gives guidance to both Judges and the clubs booking them
The Judging Committee of the NAFAS produces a Competitions Manual (the current issue is the Third Edition 2015) which covers all aspects of flower arrangement. It is used by judges and all competitors are encouraged to get a copy and familiarise themselves with it as there is lots of useful information which will help you understand show schedules. They are available from our Area Trading - see the Trading page. The latest edition is green so if you are looking at a yellow copy you need a new one!
In addition the Judging Committee has issued a list of products which may be considered to be plant material for the purposes of flower arrangement competitions. A copy of this can be downloaded here:
Shows NAFAS has published a useful book on Putting on a Show and this can be purchased from Tradingl (see Trading page of this website)
Competitive work judged in accordance with the NAFAS Competitions Manual Third Edition 2015 should be assessed by a NAFAS qualified Judge and official NAFAS Comment Cards should be used.
It is strongly recommended that a qualified Judge should be invited to judge. A copy of the draft schedule should be sent to the judge for comments and guidance before printing to avoid problems.
Sylvia Cheeseman - Area Judge Sylvia, an Honorary Member of Kent Area, is a member of Gravesend and Vanguard Flower Clubs and is a keen competitor who has exhibited at the Nationals, Chelsea and our area shows, she has also represented Kent Area at the WAFA elimination competition. She has held many positions and is a past Judge's Representative, a former JDSE&P Chairman, and former Area Secretary. Contact details: email@example.com
Margaret Cowell - Area Judge After completing the City & Guilds courses in 1984 I passed my Judges and demonstrators tests. I have served the area as both judges and teachers representatives and was JDSE chairman for 7 years a post that I very much enjoyed. I taught in Adult Education for 27 years, many of my students are still flower club members. I enjoy all aspects of flower arranging and was delighted earlier this year when Wateringbury flower club made me an honorary member. Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cicely Finnis - Area Judge I have been interested in the history of flower arranging and new trends for a long time and by training as a judge felt that my interest would be furthered. The training was very interesting but hard work but has given me a great sense of achievement. Going to different clubs and societies has widened my friendship through flowers. Cicely is a keen competitor and is always willing to share her knowledge with those new to competition. Contact details: email@example.com
Carol Loft - Area Judge Since joining my club in Gravesend, I have always enjoyed competitive work. I was delighted to be awarded the Margaret Newman Award, following completion of the NAFAS Diploma Art & Design Course, which led me into judges training, and qualifying as an Area Judge in 2005. I was pleased to accept the position of Judges Representative for the Area and enjoyed my time in office. I have been an active member of Vanguard Contemporary Design Group as well as my own club in Gravesend, and I continue to compete whenever I can. Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Luckett - Area Judge I have been a keen competitor and flower arranger for over 40 years, passing the Area Demonstrators' Test in 1993 and the Judges Test in 2005. I am no longer demonstrating but still enjoy all aspects of flower arranging.
Marilyn Marsh - Area Judge I have been flower arranging for over forty years and decided to take the City & Guilds in Flower Arranging when I retired. I then went on to take a Teaching Certificate in Floral Art and qualified as a Kent Area Judge in May 2017. I enjoy all aspects of flower arranging and particularly meeting members of the Kent Area in their own clubs. Contact: marsh_J1@sky.com
Jenny Nye - Area Judge Jenny Nye has been an Area Judge since 1997 following a completion of a 3 year City & Guilds course in Flower Arranging and subsequent Floristry course. Over the years she has greatly enjoyed the many competitions she has been invited to judge and gained a wealth of experience in this area. Contact: email@example.com
Sue Shaw - Area Judge Sue is an Area Judge, Area Demonstrator and a National Speaker. She qualified as a judge in the Sussex Area of NAFAS in 2013. Sue considers it a real privilege to be asked to judge a NAFAS competition. You, the judge's steward and a whole roomful of wonderful flowers. What a treat!
Gill Smaggasgale - Area Judge After several years competing, I decided to train to be a judge to extend my own knowledge and performance but more importantly to give back to our wonderful organisation. Competing pushes the exhibitor to excel and on occasion to push the boundaries and judging certainly keeps you on your toes! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org