Tutbury Flower Club News 2015

The club provides regular articles for the Rollestonian and has members in the village. It therefore seemed appropriate to reproduce them here (and any other news) for those interested in this local club.

Winter 2015 News
(This article is taken from Rollestonian - Winter 2015 issue)

Time for trumpets to herald our event of the year. Guess who is coming to Tutbury Village Hall to present a “Silver Selection”, no other than Ian Buxton himself! Ian is a national and internationally renowned flower arranger, judge and demonstrator. Ian has worked throughout Europe and the Far East as well as the whole of Britain, he has a witty repartee, a funny and very entertaining man.

Anyone who has seen Ian previously will be racing to buy their tickets are on sale right now priced at £9.50 to include a glass of wine / juice and mince pie. In the Village Hall, 20th November commencing 7.30 pm. Tickets available from Committee members or by telephone: Glen Price 01283 815082.

The end of our activities for 2015, almost, December 9th is the final date in our calendar, time for our Christmas Party, for members and friends. Following on in January is our Annual General Meeting and the announcement of our 2016 events.

We look forward to seeing all of our members and guests and may we wish everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year.

Autumn 2015 News
(This article is taken from Rollestonian - Autumn 2015 issue)

So far we have not had the most brilliant of summers, but with flower arrangers and gardeners alike the spirit of summer has carried us through. We have been fortunate to enjoy a couple of outings with Hanbury gardeners where we have been extremely lucky on both occasions to have good weather and enjoyable trips. Our own trip to York was certainly also enjoyed by all who attended, a lot of us looking around the city as well as inevitable retail therapy. The day concluded with a visit to the George Smith Gardens, he was such a gentleman with his greetings and talk. We all commented on how friendly he was.

Our President Janet Stone, and co-arrangers, produced a wonderful array of flowers at Rolleston Church which was much appreciated by all. Following on from Janet’s demonstration on 12th August entitled “Grandma’s Day”, the club is pleased to be welcoming Jean Fordham again on 9th September with her demonstration “Touch of Silver”. Jean is looking forward to this event which forms a part of our extended demonstrations for our 25th anniversary year.

Continuing our demonstrations, on 14th October we will be visited by Carolyn Bates who’s theme is “Gardens in Time”. 11th November we shall be holding a flower arranging workshop.

The next major date for diaries is 20th November when Ian Buxton will be demonstrating a “Silver Selection” in the Tutbury Village Hall. I hate to mention that this is the start of Christmas celebrations.

We look forward to seeing you all at our club events which take place at Tutbury Institute commencing 7.30 pm on the second Wednesday of the month.

Summer 2015 News
(This article is taken from Rollestonian - Summer 2015 issue)

By the time you read this we will have held our 25th Anniversary dinner, and whilst I was unable to attend due to a long standing prior engagement, hopefully everyone who went to this important celebratory event for us had a lovely evening.

We are now well into our special year where we have featured more formal flower arranging displays than perhaps usual. This continues on June 10th when our own club member Marilyn Ottewell will present her take on "Memories". Similarly on August 12th, club President Janet Stone, who will be well known to many, will present her own display entitled "In Grandmas Day".

Sandwiched between these two events,where mere flower arranging beginners mortals and those wishing to just "give it a try", will be a workshop on July 8th. These are friendly events where everyone is welcome, and is in fact just how I and many others started arranging flowers. Eventually we may even be able to compete with Marilyn and Janet !

We have had a number of new members join us this year, it's lovely to see new faces.

Our meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at Tutbury Institute, commencing at 7.30 pm. entrance is £4 payable at the door, or annual club membership £22 which includes all workshops and displays.

For further information please telephone me on 01283 815082 Mrs Glen Price

Spring 2015 News
(This article is taken from Rollestonian - Spring 2015 issue)

Hopefully everyone will have enjoyed a Happy Christmas and can look forward to a prosperous 2015. This year is a special year for us, our 25th anniversary, where we again will have a monthly mix of events featuring professional flower arranging displays and workshops. You are all welcome to attend simply to watch or, indeed, to take part regardless of skills. Just have a go and see, that’s how I started and I still remember some disasters, but it was fun nonetheless.

In 2014 the Club was pleased to have been chosen to provide floral arrangements for a number of celebrations through the year, not least the 925 years of our own Priory Church of St. Marys, the Nottingham Cathedral Church of St.Barnabas Flower Festival and, more recently, Christmas at Sudbury Hall.

We held a number professional flower arranging displays at The Institute, all of which were enjoyed by Club members and guests. Mention must be made of our final annual open display at the Village Hall attended by over one hundred visitors from far and wide. Ian Lloyd presented his “Cheshire Christmas” and he can now add Tutbury to his c.v. of flower arranging which includes stately homes, castles and cruise ships. Ian was excellent, his commentary funny and his displays startling.

Our charity event also managed to raise £1,000 for the Midlands Air Ambulance and trips out included Hereford Cathedral Festival of Flowers and Gawsworth Hall’s Yuletide featuring internationally renowned flower designer Barry Grey.

Our thanks to everyone who attended our events and we look forward to welcoming you again in the forthcoming year at Tutbury Institute where our first demonstration on 11th March will be by June Borrowdale, entitled “Serendipity”. On 8th April we have a workshop, if you wish to know what to bring ring me on 01283 815082.

On 24th April we shall hold our anniversary dinner at Tutbury Village Hall, again for tickets/information please telephone me.

13th May will see Julia Mitchell with her display “A Day at the Races”.

Glen Price

Last updated: 3 January 2016