It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the death of Joann Durkin from Coronavirus earlier this week.
Joann was a trained florist and teacher. She was a long term member of Canterbury Flower Club and was very proud to be a Canterbury Cathedral Flower Arranger. She was known for her extremely beautiful traditional work. She was also very supportive of many area members as they learnt their art.
Jean Schofield, Area Chairman, remembers Joann fondly as a great competitor and a very clever teacher.
Helga Cukure a neighbour and friend of Joann said "It was such privilege to know Joann. Jo inspired me to look for beauty and perfection in multitude of ways not forgetting simplicity of garden daisy, lavender and rosemarinum".
Vicki Hodgkiss chairman of Canterbury Flower Club said “Canterbury Flower Club is very sad to hear that Jo Durkin, a past Chairman and member has died. She was a very talented arranger and teacher and we send our sincere condolences to her family and friends.”
All of the Area echo those sentiments and send our thoughts to her family and friends at this difficult time.
It is with much regret that we announce the cancellation of The Twenties Weekend in Leicester this August. Many of our members had booked tickets and a great deal of planning had gone into making this event a special occasion for all those attending.
Our grateful thanks go out to all those involved in the organisation of the event and in particular to our National President, Sue Brinton, who was the driving force behind the Twenties Weekend. This would have been a fitting tribute to Sue in this her final year in office. Unfortunately, due to the advance commitments of many of those involved, we are unable to rearrange this event.
For those members who have booked tickets, a refund form will be sent to you with instructions on how to claim your refund and we ask you to please bear with us on this process.
Please circulate this information and upload to social media - thank you.
Chief Executive Officer
Please see below a message from the National Chairman, Dr Christina Curtis and Chief Executive Officer, Steven Lane:-
"The Summer issue of The Flower Arranger magazine is due out later this week. We know how much you look forward to your 'flowery treat' but the cancellation of club meetings and lockdown make getting it to you a challenge.
Please bear with the situation and rest assured that your Flower Arranger Officer will try to make arrangements to get your magazine to you as soon as it is safe to do so.
In the meantime, we will be posting some highlights from the magazine on social media @flowerarrmag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
As ever the magazine is jam-packed with seasonal inspiration, step-by-steps and events. If you don't already subscribe, the cheapest way to get the magazine is via your club; please talk to your club Flower Arranger Officer. If you are not a club member call 01778 392491 for subscriptions."
Good afternoon Kent members
I hope you are all well and staying safe.
Last night’s speech by the Queen was uplifting and as a nation we are strong, our own Kent members are out there on the front line or members of their families supporting us in many ways and we support and admire them.
So many events in our calendar this year have been cancelled or changed to protect everyone,
We had such a special celebration planned in conjunction with the Royal British legion to celebrate 60 years in Kent on NFA day and leading into 75years of VE Day. Jacqui Arnold was leading a team of designers to put on a special display at their new home in Aylesford complete with military vehicles for this and many special guests and media coverage but alas it’s just another casualty of these strange times- so let’s get behind this virtual NFA day on the 1st May from the safety of our homes and make designs and post them on the forum - why not dedicate them on our special day to someone you know on the front line keeping us all safe.
Take care and stay safe.
Much love to all
After careful consideration it has been decided that we will still continue to run this year’s 2020 photography competition (schedule pm the Photography page) with the closing date remaining as 25th April 2020. It is felt that this will give members a fun thing to do while we are in lockdown and as it can be done electronically everyone is safe … you can even take some photographs during your one outing each day! Note – to protect both yourselves and our postmen entry forms will be accepted via email if you are able to scan them.
If the area show is cancelled then we will announce the winners and put the photos onto the website, and the prizes can be handed out when next we have an area event (hopefully that will be sooner rather than later).