The next Council meeting is on 25th September not 18th.
This fabulous YouTube video showcases the National Show from London. A montage of really great photos will enable you to see all the prize winners up close and see Robin's designs again.
Kent Area of NAFAS is delighted to be decorating the Queen's Bathroom at Leeds Castle Festival of Flowers. If you click on the link you will find more details of the festival which is open to the public from 14th to 19th September. The room design is titled "Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend"
There were whoops of delight at prize-giving at the National Show when Sue Brinton (National President) announced that the winner of the Designer of the Year competition was none other than our own Robin White The competition was run under the title "Timeless Beauty". Robin had competed in three gruelling days of competition.
On the first day, he created a pedestal and wall hanging inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh all under the watchful eyes of the visitors who all wanted to talk. On the second day he created a fabulous petite and a still life in the same theme. Five entrants were then told they were through to the last round which was an imposed class where all the components were provided by the organisers and the competitors had no prior knowledge.
Some pictures of Robin's designs are here - see also the Gallery
Gill Smaggasgale, Area Vice Chairman congratulating Robin White on winning Designer of the Year
Congratulations to Jacqui Arnold for providing a dazzling diamond demonstration at the National Show for the Diamond Anniversary.
Congratulations to the eight members of Kent Area who took the plunge and entered the National Show. Patricia Ellis achieved a Highly Commended in the Matrix imposed class, Anne Luckett achieved a Highly Commended in the craft class Embellished with Flair, Jacqui Arnold was awarded Commended in the class Double Decker, and Mig Kimpton was awarded Commended in the class Shaped by Nature. Congratulations to all the award winners.
In addition, Mig Kimpton entered the pedestal class Time to Shine, Anne Luckett entered the imposed class "Aspects" and was accompanied by Cicely Finnis and Gill Smaggasgale, Zoe Hawkins entered the craft class "Embellished with Flair" and Verity Prior entered the petite class "A Little Luxury". Although these did not get an award, they were beautiful designs and you all did us proud.
Pictures of Patricia and Anne's Highly Commended exhibits are here to whet your appetite. All the entries can be found on the Gallery page
We are delighted to report that Pauline Pearce achieved a Highly Commended in the "Radiant Waters" class and Sue Shaw achieved a Commended in the "Glistening Frost" class of the National Photographic Competition. There were 147 entries in Radiant Waters and 100 entries in Glistening Frost so they both did extremely well. Visit the photography page under JDSE&P to see their fabulous photographs.
The Annual General Meeting of the Kent Area of NAFAS will take place on Wednesday 6th November 2019 at 10.30 at Ditton Community Centre Kiln Barn Rd, ME20 6AH
Doors open at 9.45 – tea and coffee will be served
All members of affiliated clubs are welcome. Please bring a packed lunch.
The AGM will be followed by a demonstration by the Fabulous Gill McGregor entitled "Glitter Glamour & Flair". The demonstration will start at 2pm. Please be seated by 1.45.
Tickets £10 are available through your club or from Genista Spencer Tel: 01227 732008
or email email@example.com.
See the What's On page for the poster!
In the morning we were entertained by Judith Hibbert, who had us enthralled by her beautiful singing and laughing at her hilarious antics.
Francesca Barnes received warm thanks for all her and husband David’s hard work over the last six years as they are now retiring as Editors of our renowned Kent News publication - they will be sorely missed.
In the afternoon we were enchanted by Alice’s adventures in Wonderland under the imaginative interpretation by Lucy Ellis, NAFAS National Demonstrator and an area representative in a NAFAS Designer of the Year competition.
Our thanks go to the Area Committee and all those Members who helped to make the day so special.
If you came along, we hope you enjoyed it, and if you weren’t able to join us today, we hope you can join us next time!
Some taster photos here but see the Gallery pages for more images
We chose ‘Time to Celebrate as the theme for the 2019 County Show Floral Art Competition. Wateringbury made a splendid floral diamond to celebrate 60 years of NAFAS. 29 competitors filled the marquee with 52 colourful arrangements, some large and some very small. It is always good to see new competitors each year especially when they win prizes. For full report details and lots of photos see County Show page. Pictured here is Iris Shaw being awarded the trophy for Best in Show
We are delighted to report that we now have three new area demonstrators as Helga Cukure, Ellouise Hasler-Stott and Trudie Easton have successfully passed their demonstrator's tests. Contact details for these new demonstrators can be found on the Demonstrators page of the website. We are sure you will be welcoming them to your clubs soon and wish them Happy Demonstrating!
The second Bank Holiday weekend in May saw the Clive Emson building at the Detling Show Ground transformed into a floral delight as the Kent Area Show with the title "Enchantment" took place. It was a fabulous show and the entries by the numerous competitors were really appreciated by both Flower Club members and the general public who were able to see the show as part of the Kent Garden Show. Full report and photographs on the Area Show and Gallery pages. Pictured here is Jacqui Arnold's entry in the Pedestal class
Gill Smaggasgale flew the flag for Kent at the Chelsea Flower Show giving mini-dems and workshops to interest the public in joining a flower club.
A very enjoyable JDSE&P day was held at Ditton. The speaker in the morning told us all about flower parades and there was then time to meet the JDSE&P reps before admiring the table competition entries and to enjoy a scummy lunch. We were then thrilled to watch Tom Hodge's demonstration which filled the stage with flowers and blended traditional with the contemporary. Tom was very generous with his tips and techniques
After the business of the morning, we were treated to a farewell demonstration from our own Tricia Bashford ably assisted by some of the other Kent demonstrators. Trish told us about some of the many costumes she has made over the years and conjured them up with fabulous floral designs.