Ashfield Floral Art Club still in full bloom after 40 years

FLOWER POWER -- chairman Mary Keeling (left) cuts the birthday cake at the 40th anniversary event, watched by fellow members of Ashfield Floral Art Club.
FLOWER POWER -- chairman Mary Keeling (left) cuts the birthday cake at the 40th anniversary event, watched by fellow members of Ashfield Floral Art Club.
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One of the original founder members attended a special celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of the Sutton-based Ashfield Floral Art Club.

Barbara Shepherd was among those who set up the club at the former Brook Street Hall back in 1975, and has continued to support the organisation over the years.

The club, which has 35 members, now meets every second Thursday in the month (except January and February) at the Ashfield Play Forum on Morven Avenue, with arrangements by area demonstrators or local florists. It is believed to be one of the oldest organisations in the district.

The current committee comprises: Mary Keeling (chairman), Doreen Marriott (vice-chairman), Joy Kowalenko (treasurer), Marilyn Jones (secretary), Joan Lawson (programme officer), Pam Turner (hospitality), Janet Law and Elizabeth Hunter.

The birthday party featured a demonstration by one of the club’s loyal supporters, Barbara Morton, from Nottingham, with music by her husband Ian, whose keyboard tunes had a rose theme to reflect the ruby anniversary.

Ashfield Floral Art Club is blooming, even though many similar organisations up and down the country have bitten the dust. “A lot of people would just rather put flowers in a vase these days,” says programme officer Joan Lawson.

The club is affiliated to the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies. Its next meeting is on Thursday 9th July when Beverley Artis will give a demonstration entitled ‘Pots Of Style’. Its popular Yuletide demonstration will be ‘Christmas Is Coming’ by Linda Smith on 10th December.