Programme of Meetings

21 March

AGM AND DEMONSTRATION.  Ann R, our current Chairman, will review the year and Ann J will present our annual accounts.  New Committee members are always most welcome to bring new ideas forward and assist with running our meetings – please think about whether you could help.   The AGM will be followed by a demonstration from Area Demonstrator Linda Fraser who comes from Carlisle, and her demonstration is entitled ‘Top Hat and Tales’.


18 April

SPEAKER.  Pam Alexander is an Area Speaker.  She travels from Morpeth to present to us her talk, and show us flowers, based on The Holy Island of Lindisfarne.


6 May

Coffee morning in the Town Hall, 10-12 to celebrate the NAFAS Lonely Bouquet event, and to raise funds to help finance this annual programme of meetings and visits.


16 May

BIRTHDAY NIGHT AND DEMONSTRATION. This will be our 39th birthday night, and it’s also going to be our RED BIRTHDAY NIGHT.   We are designating this evening to be part of the British Heart Foundation red events to raise money for research into heart disease.   Please wear something red – it doesn’t matter what!   We will also have a Red Tombola on the evening.

Our demonstrator will be Kathryn Hume, a florist and designer who runs her own wedding floristry business from her home. Kathryn also teaches floristry introductory and level one courses at Bishop Auckland college, as well as workshops in the community.  Following the demonstration we will enjoy birthday cake and wine.


20 June.


We are invited to Ravensworth Nurseries for a talk and demonstration by one of the gardening team, who will show us how to plant up our baskets, containers and tubs for maximum effect.  These will then be raffled.   The demonstration will be in one of the huge greenhouse areas, and the nursery are providing tea/coffee.  There will also be the opportunity to buy plants.  Ravensworth is a family run business, established over  50 years.  They supply garden centres and retail outlets across the UK.  Transport will be provided if you need it, and we would ask for a contribution of £5 pp towards this cost. The bus will leave the Market Place at 6pm.

18 July

EVENING GARDEN VISIT.  St Nicholas is the oldest dwelling in Richmond, and the gardens are a series of compartments laid out and planted from 1905 by the Hon. Robert James.  There are about 7 acres with topiary, cottage garden, long herbaceous borders, potager and herb garden.   We will have a guided tour with the gardener, and served scones and tea/coffee at the end of the visit. St Nicholas gardens are open under the NGS, and part of the Historic Houses Association.  The address is St Nicholas Gardens, Maison Dieu, Richmond; postcode DL10 7EN.  Transport will be provided if you need it, at a cost of £5 pp; entry to the garden (£7.50pp) will be paid by the Club.  The bus will leave the Market Place at 6pm.


15 August

FOOD AND FLOWERS – This year’s Chairman’s night is Food and Flowers – a summer evening BBQ at 58 West End, organised by the Committee.  We have to assume it will be warm and dry, but there is an inside area if we need it.  Please park in the recreation ground opposite.


19 September

GARDENING TALK – The Cutting Garden – Clarey Wrightson is a flower farmer and runs a cut flower business with her husband Barney at  Manor Walled Garden, Neasham.  In recent years they moved from Oxfordshire back to Barney’s family estate at Eryholme, five miles south of Darlington, and commenced on the restoration of a 1.4 acre walled garden – which was once the kitchen garden for Neasham Hall.  They grow a wide variety of garden flowers, have open days when the public can PYO, and Clarey has established a business for wedding and event flowers.  She also supplies posies sold at the Organic Farmshop in Piercebridge.  The garden and business have been featured in Country Living magazine.


17 October

DEMONSTRATION.  Heather Currie is from Gosforth, and will present a flower demonstration entitled ‘A basket case’.  Heather is a NAFAS Area Demonstrator


28th November

Christmas open night at Wolsingham School with Andrew Grisewood.  Andrew is one of the most inventive and creative designers of his time.  His awe inspiring arrangements take shape magically amidst hilarious stories of his life; tales that will take you from The Ritz, London to Tiffanys, New York.  Andrew will be working with £500 of Christmas flowers, which will all be raffled following the demonstration.  This is our main charity fund raising event of the year.



12 December

Christmas meal.

A downloadable copy of the full Programme of Events for 2017 is available here .


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