Friday 6th May saw members of the Club take part in the National Flower Arranging Day whereby they left small Bouquets of Flowers throughout the town and villages for the public to take home and enjoy. Feedback has been coming in via our Facebook page, Website and Phone calls from delighted recipients.
Below are photographs of some of the bouquets.
Wednesday 27th April in Girvan Community Centre saw a change to the usual format of a Floral Art Demonstration. Club Chair Fiona Robertson after giving Club Bulletin News asked the audience to give a warm welcome to local artist David Powell born and based in Girvan, Fiona acknowledged gratitude to David for stepping in and giving his Willow Work Demonstration at such short notice.
David then took over the stage describing himself as "An Artist Who Weaves". He gave a most interesting and informative talk on different types of Willow, the preparation, care and cleaning of it and how he builds up the steel frame for weaving over for his larger Sculptures, many situated all over Scotland. David then moved from the stage to the floor to give his practical Demonstration weaving a Flat Basket then a Willow Bird Feeder before inviting the audience to have a go themselves, suddenly shyness overcame everyone but with hindsight a number were sorry they didn’t take up the invite, this opportunity may arise again as David is more than happy to present a workshop to the Club in the future.
Margaret Findlay was called upon to express once again the Clubs gratitude to David for coming along at short notice and giving such a detailed insight into his artistry.
David then drew the raffle with some of his designs included before everyone retired to enjoy tea.
A good turn out of members and visitors met as usual in the Community Centre on Wednesday 23rd March. Chairperson Fiona welcomed everyone and after the business she introduced Louise Jones from The Wirral our demonstrator for the evening. Her title was "Making a House a Home".
Louise gave us 6 arrangements, each for a different part of the house. Louise used a great variety of flowers and foliage and entertained us with lots of stories from all aspects of her very busy life. We were asked by Louise to try and rethink about using Oasis in our arrangements as it isn’t very environmentally friendly and there are other ways around its use which Louise showed us.
Janice gave a very comprehensive vote of thanks followed by the drawing of the raffle and a cup of tea and biscuits.
Wednesday 23rd February in Girvan Community Centre saw the annual "Fun with Friends" and Local Charity night take place.
Chairperson Fiona Robertson welcomed members and friends thanking them for their generosity in donating Raffle Prizes and also purchasing tickets, she invited everyone to fill in nomination slips as to which Local Charity they wished to benefit from the evenings proceeds.
Fiona then introduced guest speaker Mary Hogg from Crosshill who took the audience on a most interesting and informative trip of The Girvan Valley showing slides of views the majority of the audience had only seen from afar. Starting at the source of the River Girvan at Loch Girvan Eye we journeyed comfortably for thirty miles on the most scenic route, taking in the Garden of Eden Stone at Straiton, Craigengower Monument, viewing Flood Plains and Glacial Erratic Stones before journeys end at Girvan Harbour. An excellent presentation by Mary as expressed eloquently by Liz Gregg in her vote of thanks.
The Raffle was then drawn before everyone enjoyed a light supper prepared and served by the committee. Diary date - 23rd March, Louise Jones from Wallasey presents her "Making a House a Home" demonstration.
Wednesday 26th January 2022 in Girvan Community Centre saw the Club thankfully resume again. Chairperson Fiona Robertson welcomed everyone saying how delighted we were to be meeting again before introducing Demonstrator James Gemmell of JG Flowers, Mauchline.
James chose "Lasting Impressions" as the title for his demonstration explaining the design of each arrangement held meaning for him and resulted in him starting his own business. Dark & Cold outside it may have been but with the ambience James created as he produced one beautiful arrangement after another with such a colourful array and variety of Flowers and Foliage the atmosphere was exact opposite inside.
Helen Walker in her Vote of Thanks expressed how the audience felt by praising the talents of James. His demonstration lived up exactly to his chosen title as the audience certainly left having "Lasting Impressions" as well as lucky raffle winners taking the raffled arrangements home. This was James’s first visit to the Club and we hope it won’t be his last.
Date for your Diary February 23rd is "Fun with Friends Night" Mary Hogg from Crosshill will be our guest, more details to follow. We also incorporate this as the Clubs Charity night so any donations for the raffle will be much appreciated.
Girvan Community Centre was the venue on Wednesday 24th November for the Clubs Demonstration, Chairperson Fiona Robertson welcomed everyone before introducing NAFAS Demonstrator Dawn Weaver from Chester saying "besides being a Multi Chelsea Gold Medal winner Dawn has many other accolades to her name and the Club are delighted to have her back with us, her last visit being 2014."
Dawn then took over the stage stating how glad she was to be back demonstrating given how much Covid had affected everyone and also delighted to be back in Girvan. Dawn then used her "Artistic Licence" to present her "Alternative Christmas" demonstration, enthralling and entertaining her audience with her stories and perfectly paired depiction of them in her many arrangements which had such array, variety and vibrancy of flowers and foliage entwined with sparkling lights as seen in the photographs.
Traditionally November was "The Open Night" in Girvan Academy Theatre but due to the Pandemic had to been scaled down, Dawns demonstration certainly wasn’t scaled down as Janice McGeechan who was called upon to give the Clubs vote of thanks and in her own inimitable and eloquent style expressed gratitude for such a fabulous, entertaining demonstration.
Dawn's other "Alternative" was to let the raffle winners choose their own prize arrangement and they were certainly spoiled for choice.
Fiona then closed the evening by wishing everyone well and hoped to see them at the next Demonstration in January 2022.
The Clubs October Demonstration took place in Girvan Community Centre on Wednesday 27th October, the AGM preceded this and Chairperson Fiona Robertson opened the business meeting by announcing the sad passing recently of one of the Clubs Founder members Betty Shields, Fiona also asked everyone to pause for a moments reflection of past members and friends of the club.
Once the formal meeting was over Fiona invited Violet Connor and Sylvia Stewart representing CAN to come forward and receive a Cheque for £200, the proceeds from the Clubs Local Good Cause night. Violet expressed thanks saying how appreciative CAN were to receive this Cheque.
The Chairperson then welcomed a great friend of the club, Demonstrator Fiona Wilson (formerly Fiofin Designs) onto the stage to present her "Halloween Extravaganza". The audience were treated to a most colourful evening, with pumpkins of all different shapes and colours brimming over with quite an array of foliage and flowers in traditional Halloween colours, all of the other arrangements were equally vibrant and stunning. Margaret Findlay was called upon to give a well deserved vote of thanks before Fiona was asked to draw the raffle for all the arrangements.
The next Demonstration is on Wednesday 24th November at 7.15 p.m. in Girvan Community Centre. £3 entry Fee. Dawn Weaver who is "On Tour" from Chester will be the Demonstrator.
After a long absence, Wednesday 22nd September saw the Club resume in Girvan Community Centre. Chairperson Fiona Robertson welcomed everyone saying how pleasingit was to meet up again, Fiona went over a few of the formalities before explaining for reasons well Chronicled there had to be alterations to the Syllabus but fortunately three of our Committee stepped up for tonight’s Demonstration entitled "Pot Luck".
The audience then sat back, relaxed and enjoyed watching the Flowers & Greenery being transformed from lying in containers to vibrant arrangements in autumnal colours thanks to the talents of committee members, Margaret Findlay, Liz Gregg and Helen Walker.
At the conclusion Fiona thanked the ladies, complimenting them on giving a beautiful Demonstration before drawing the Raffle for all the arrangements, delighting the winners.
The next Demonstration takes place in Girvan Community Centre on Wednesday 27th October and we are delighted that a friend of the Club Fiona Wilson formerly of Fiofin Designs is able to come along and Demonstrate to us. The AGM precedes the Demonstration with a prompt start at 7 p.m. A warm welcome awaits members & visitors.
As everyone is well aware we are living in very difficult unpredictable times, hopefully all members and friends are safe and well.
Following Guidelines and taking a number of factors into consideration and in order to give notice to Demonstrators the decision has been taken to cancel all Demonstrations for the remainder of 2020.
The Clubs priority is everyone’s safety and wellbeing and further updates will be given as soon as possible.
The Committee send good wishes to all our members and friends.
SAFAS has arranged a Virtual Flower Show for your enjoyment and a bit of fun, Enjoy! Stay safe and well until we are able to meet again.
Class 1 "Sweet Delight" A Petite Exhibit
Class 2 "Lazy Hazy Days of Summer"
Class 3 "Time For Texture" Tapestry/Pave Exhibit
Class 4 "Pzazz" An Exhibit not using foam
Class 5 "Fever Pitch"
Class 6 "Rainbow"
Junior Class Collage
Send a Photo of your exhibit to email@example.com accompanied by your Name, Class and Club. If you do not wish your details to appear on social media, that is absolutely fine – please make a note of this on your email.
Entries will be shown on Friends of SAFAS Facebook page and the SAFAS webpage.
All entries to reach Margaret Scott before the 22nd July and any enquiries telephone 01738 710399.
This is not a competition, it will therefore not be judged, purely for everyone's enjoyment. You may enter as many classes as you wish.
Happy Flower Arranging!
Following on from NAFAS recommendations and Government guidelines pertaining to Coronavirus (COVID - 19) all Demonstrations are cancelled until further notice.
Club Chairperson Fiona Robertson welcomed everyone to the Clubs Annual Fun with Friends night which took place in Girvan Community Centre on Wednesday 26th February, this year it incorporated "Our Good Cause" Fund Raiser which was a fantastic raffle thanks to the generosity of the many donors.
Fiona after reading out some intimations introduced Rebecca Stewart and Vivian Stephens from "Kirklands House & Garden" Kirkoswald, who kindly agreed to come along and share their gardening knowledge for this occasion.
Rebecca and Vivian in tandem demonstrated how to plant up baskets explaining that you don’t always need to use annuals but you have to be aware of the type of plants suitable for Coastal gardens, they planted with herbs, alpines, bulbs, all the while talking and imparting their knowledge and answering questions from the audience. They also brought along various plants and bulbs which were for sale and soon bought up as the Demonstration ended. Helen Walker was called upon to give a well deserved vote of thanks to the ladies for giving such an informative, enjoyable, colourful demonstration.
Fiona then asked Rebecca and Vivian to draw the raffle which had a great array of prizes resulting in a lot of happy people going home with prizes ranging from a planter, afternoon tea, bird feeder, voucher and various other wonderful prizes.
The Club greatly appreciate and give thanks for the generosity of all the donors on this special night, proceeds will be given to a local charity/ charities decided on by committee after nominations by members.
The most enjoyable, social evening concluded by Fiona inviting everyone to enjoy a delicious supper prepared and served by the committee. The next demonstration will be on Wednesday 25h March featuring Marlyn Thomson from Cumnock with her demonstration entitled "Walking into Spring".
The Clubs first Demonstration of 2020 took place in Girvan Community Centre, Dalrymple Street on Wednesday 22nd January.
Chairperson Fiona Robertson welcomed everyone wishing them well for 2020, she went on to give some information on "Friends Night" on 26th February.
Fiona then welcomed and introduced award winning Demonstrator Christine Logan from Alloway with her Demonstration entitled "It’s Taking Part That Counts".
Christine started by giving the audience an insight into her start in Flower Arranging, a basket, which she declared "wasn’t very good", that may have been then but certainly not now as the audience could testify. Christine ably assisted in the background by her talented friend Caroline took us on a journey which stemmed from her desire "to take part", we journeyed through various Countries with designs replicated from competitions at various Flower Shows she had entered. Using her favourite stands and containers one stunning arrangement appeared after another, Gerbera, Anthurium, Bells of Ireland, Roses and a great variety of foliage all giving texture and movement. It may have been dark, cold and gloomy outside but it was the opposite inside, Sunshine Yellow and White being the predominant colours but the warmth was from the laughter and applause echoing as Christine entertained the audience with her intermittent commentary and her love of flowers emanating throughout her demonstration which was both inspirational and encouraging for everyone "to take part" in the future.
Fiona called upon Margaret Findlay to give a well deserved vote of thanks before, as is the norm, asking Christine to draw the raffle for all her arrangements, delighting the winning ticket holders. Everyone was then invited to enjoy a cup of tea.
Arrangements are in hand for "The Fun With Friends" night on 26th February. Rebecca from "Kirklands" Kirkoswald will be the guest Speaker/Demonstrator. As this will be the Clubs Good Cause night, there will be a number of excellent raffle prizes to be won.
The Club’s Annual Open Evening which always puts the audience in Festive Mode, took place in Girvan Academy Theatre on Wednesday 27th November. Chairperson Fiona Robertson welcomed the large audience before introducing NAFAS Area Demonstrator Julia Loudon from Earlston, who was On Tour with her Demonstration "Midwinter Magic".
Julia began by giving the audience an insight into her Garden discussing her trees and inspiration they gave her, this was the theme of her first arrangement with the autumn colours of Garnet Cala Lilies, Hydrangea, Bells of Ireland and you could almost smell the aroma from her description of Dried Apple rings as she put them in place. Moving onto how much pleasure Frost and Ice forming gives her with her container perfect for the Silver Twigs, Palms, Eustoma & Roses. There may have been Cool Colours used but Julia’s cheerful disposition and stories of her comedy of errors warmed everyone as she started the next arrangement with Traditional Christmas Colours, Ilex, Red Carnations, Anthuriums, Gerberas before the Green of Anastasia Chrysanthemums, we then went on a most enjoyable Sleigh Ride with Chocolate Frosted Roses adorning the centre piece and the traditional flowers surrounding them.
The final arrangement was her wonderful Snow Angel festooned with stunning white Orchids and Roses, like all of her arrangements the foliage used, the finishing touches of twinkling lights and containers depicted her theme perfectly as the audience certainly experienced and thoroughly enjoyed Julia’s inspirational "Midwinter Magic" Demonstration.
Keeping the Traditional Theme, Vice Chairperson Liz Gillon was called upon to give a well earned Vote of Thanks to Julia for her fun filled commentary and inspiring demonstration, again as norm Julia was invited to draw the raffle for all her beautiful arrangements.
Fiona then thanked Girvan Academy Staff, Lighting Operator Pupil Zander Morris, Girvan Pet Store and Volunteers for their assistance before thanking the audience for attending and supporting the Club, everyone was then invited to enjoy refreshments in the Cafeteria.
The next Demonstration takes place in Girvan Community Centre on Wednesday 22nd. January 2020 and features Christine Logan from Alloway.
Wednesday 23rd October was the Clubs second demonstration of the Season, Chairperson Fiona Robertson welcomed everyone before introducing NAFAS Demonstrator Sara Barrow who was "On Tour" from Longbridge, Preston where she has a Flower Shop named "Flowers with Passion". It soon became apparent throughout Sara’s Demonstration that flowers were definitely her passion, what a fabulous demonstration the audience were treated to. It may have been cold and wet outside but Sara soon had the audience feeling the warmth with her Demonstration entitled "When East meets West".
Sara assisted by her husband Carl, took everyone on a wonderful family journey, the Philippines, Thailand, India, Mexico, Spain all interspersed with adventurous stories and fitting interludes of music finally arriving in Scotland with a rousing rendition of "Scotland the Brave" playing as she set the stage with all her beautiful arrangements.
Orchids of various species, Chinese Lanterns, Cala Lilies, Anthuriums, Pin Cushion Protea, Bird of Paradise, Gerbera, Eryngium to name but a few along with her choices of unusual wonderful foliage made for an enthralling, vibrant Gold Medal Winning Demonstration. Sara is most worthy of all her accolades and medals as told by Janice McGeechan in her most eloquent vote of thanks. Sara was then asked to draw the raffle for all the Beautiful arrangements, delighting some and disappointing others as is the norm for raffles.
The evening finished with Fiona inviting everyone to enjoy a cup of tea.
The Clubs annual "Open Evening" takes place in Girvan Academy Theatre on Wednesday 27th November at 7.15 p.m. and features Julia London from Earlston. Tickets £6 are available from committee members.
Wednesday 25th September saw the start of the Clubs new season, Chairperson Fiona Robertson welcomed everyone saying how pleasing it was to see so many at the first Demonstration. Fiona went on to congratulate all those who took part in various shows over the summer, she also thanked the volunteers who do Church and Hospital Flowers inviting others to think about adding their names to rotas.
The Club over the years donates to a designated charity and the previous seasons chosen recipient was BRICC Care Agency, Lynne McIlwraith representative was invited to receive a Cheque for £110 and give a short talk on all entailed in the organisation.
Fiona then proceeded to introduce Demonstrator Ada Paul from Ayr with her Demonstration entitled "In the Mood with Wood".
Ada opened her Demonstration by saying how welcoming the Club was and gave a brief description of how the title would unfold in each arrangement.
This certainly was the case, not only did the audience get the "Mood" with the wood of different shapes, sizes and textures but with the vibrancy of flowers, foliage and adornments in all six arrangements with the last one taking us into the Halloween Season with the swinging witch with her "Tackety Boots" clanging on the stand as Ada swirled the design of warm autumn colours of Carnations, Gerbera and Gladioli around.
It wasn’t the witch who held the audience spellbound it was Ada with her stories her talent and her overall demeanour, making for a most enjoyable, entertaining night for all as explained in the vote of thanks given by Liz Gregg.
Ada was invited to draw the raffle tickets for all the stunning arrangements making for some smiling faces carrying them home.
The next Demonstration takes place on Wednesday 23rd October and features Sandra Barrow On Tour from Preston with her Demonstration entitled "When East meets West".
Club Chairperson Fiona Robertson welcomed everyone to the Clubs final event of the Season on Wednesday 26th of June in Girvan Community Centre and what a wonderful Finale to a most enjoyable Season.
Fiona introduced Maybole Concert Party, who started with a Medley which had the audience tapping their feet, singing along and "Surfing with The Beach Boys" before the Classic rendition of "Memory from the Musical Cats" following on was a graceful quartet of Ballet Dancers with their interpretation of "Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Little Swans", then from the sublime! the next sketch involved a hilarious meeting of two friends having a good gossip. The closing Medley had the audience once again joining in "Singing in the Rain’, "Singing the Blues", to name but a few before a beautiful arrangement of "Skyfall" and then closing with "Thank You for The Music".
Anna Ferguson was called upon to give a well deserved vote of thanks to this "Multi Talented Group of Ladies". Following on the Raffles were drawn, the proceeds (£110) of the first Raffle were going to the Clubs chosen charity, which this year was BRICC, the normal Club Raffle was then drawn and numerous prizes handed out before Fiona thanked everyone for coming along saying she hoped to see all of them when the Club resumes in September, she then invited everyone to enjoy the refreshments prepared by the committee.
Chairperson Helen Walker welcomed everyone to the Clubs AGM on Wednesday 22nd May in Girvan Community Centre, after business was discussed and badges handed over to new Chairperson Fiona Robertson and Vice Chairperson Liz Gillon, Helen introduced NAFAS Area Demonstrator Wendy Smith who was on Tour from Durham.
"A Bit of This & A Bit of That" was the title chosen by Wendy for her demonstration and it certainly lived up to its title with her choice of containers having been remodelled with a bit of this and a bit of that making them personal to her, Wendy also imparted some tips as she produced an array of beautiful arrangements ranging from delicate pastel shades of Eustoma, Stocks and Tulips to the vibrant colours of the exotic Proteas, Leucospermum and Cala Lilies, truly an inspiring demonstration from a very talented knowledgeable Demonstrator.
Janice McGeechan in her own inimitable style gave a well deserved vote of thanks before Wendy was asked to draw the raffle for all her arrangements.
The Clubs final event of the Season on Wednesday 26th June takes the form of an evenings entertainment by Maybole Concert Party. Tickets (£4) which includes refreshments are on sale from Committee Members.
Club Chairperson Helen Walker welcomed members & visitors to the penultimate Demonstration of the Season held in Girvan Community Centre on Wednesday 24th April.
Making her first visit to the Club was Demonstrator Shamima Hasan from Glasgow who explained to the audience the reasoning behind the title of her demonstration "Memory Lane". They were all her memories and her depiction in each arrangement conveyed the feeling beautifully to everyone, from her time in India to being into her third decade before seeing and touching snow, onto the heat of the Mardi Gras in New Orleans and finishing with the wonderful memory of being a Mother with a beautiful vase gifted by her daughter setting the final arrangement to perfection.
Shamima’s choice of exotic Strelitzia, Cymbidium & Philaenopsis Orchids, Avalanche Roses, vibrant Lilies along with the texture and variety of her foliage made for most attractive pleasing arrangements and certainly kindled the audiences own memories.
Margaret Findlay gave the vote of thanks before Helen asked Shamima to draw the raffle resulting in fortunate ladies taking home resplendent arrangements along with the memory of there beginning.
Helen closed the evening by reminding everyone the next Demonstration on Wednesday 22nd May incorporates the AGM at 7 p.m. Wendy Smith on Tour from Durham will be the Demonstrator.
The NAFAS national flower arranging day which aims to promote fun & friendship through flowers takes place on Friday 3rd May. The Club will be taking part in this by committee members placing Bouquets around Girvan & District inviting members of the public to enjoy them by taking the Bouquets home. Look out for them and enjoy!
The theme of the Clubs March Demonstration given by NAFAS Area Demonstrator Patti Dawson from Penrith was "Everything in the Garden". Before introducing Patti, Club Chairperson Helen Walker welcomed the audience and updated them on forthcoming Club events namely the AGM taking place in May asking members to consider volunteering for the committee. The NAFAS National Flower Arranging day takes place on Friday 3rd May and as in previous years the committee will be making Floral Bouquets to leave around the Local District as gifts, labels are available for any members wishing to do likewise. Helen then introduced Patti to the audience.
"Everything in the Garden" certainly lived up to the title given by Patti who went on to give a most informative, inspiring demonstration beginning with her water feature with Bear Grass and Crystal Beads depicting water droplets, her use of Bio degradable foam, foraging clematis and her use of moss with water tubes in her arrangements making the audience aware of caring for the environment by making use of natural materials. Patti chatted whilst producing beautiful arrangements raising laughter when lifting a plank of wood she said " you can always have a stir fry when the flowers are finished with this one" and what a feast she produced, Peppers, Onions, Sweetcorn, Broccoli, Roses, Gloriosa Lilies, Wallflower to name but a few, certainly a most effective "Everything in the Garden" Demonstration.
Vice Chair Fiona Robertson was called upon to give a well deserved vote of thanks before Helen asked Patti to draw the raffle for all the stunning arrangements. As is the norm the evening finished with tea being available for everyone.
Wednesday 24th April is the next Demonstration featuring Shamima Hasan from Glasgow.
Wednesday 27th February was the Clubs Annual Friends Evening in Girvan Community Centre. Chairperson Helen Walker welcomed the large audience before introducing Brian Young of Holmes Farm Plants, Drybridge, Irvine, who would give a talk, slide show and demonstration of potting plants in containers.
Brian by way of introduction professed himself to be a self taught "plantaholic" who gradually took over more and more of his parents garden which he would show in the following slide show "Holmes Farm Plants from the beginning".
Brian's knowledge and enthusiasm of all things botanical certainly held the audiences attention and kept their minds ticking over with plans for their own plots irrespective of size. Following the slide show, Brian proceeded to demonstrate and give ideas on the use of containers and plants to achieve all year round results, the audience were given the opportunity to ask any questions and also to buy some of the beautiful and unusual plants brought along by Brian.
Liz Gregg was called upon to give a well deserved vote of thanks to Brian, expressing the amazement of how the Latin names of plants tripped of his tongue so easily.
To close what had been a truly inspiring, informative, friendly evening, the committee served a delicious light supper to everyone.
Forthcoming events: Fiona Wilson of Fiofin Designs continues Floral Art classes in The Catholic Hall on Thursday nights at 7 p.m.
Wednesday 27th March at 7.15 p.m. in Girvan Community Centre, Patti Dawson on tour from Penrith will give her "Everything in the Garden" demonstration.