What do you do when your speaker rings up at 5.30pm on the evening of your meeting to say that he is 'unwell and unable to come — panic? — runaway and hide? Or rise to the occasion and ensure that the members still have an enjoyable evening? Well thanks to Fred Bell and Christine Leonard the latter was the case and a hastily researched quiz and crossword (all horticulturally based of course) kept everyone scratching their heads and puzzling over clues and questions. Not even the lack of a cup of tea (as the kitchen was out of "action") failed to deter the members and thanks must go to them for taking the whole evening is such good humour.

A few days before the meeting a group of members met at the Church Centre fo'r an afternoon of flower arranging. This was organised to help members become more confident and to encourage them to enter the classes at our shows. Anyone who has never won a prize in Flower Arranging before are eligible to enter the Novice class in the three shows during 2017. This year a new award "The Newman Shield" will be presented in this section and will go to the person who wins the most points over all of the shows. With some instruction on how to "condition" flowers, information on the tools and "mechanics" required and some basic design principles everyone managed to produce a lovely flower arrangement to take home with them. We now look forward to seeing their entries at the Spring Show which will be held on April 8th.

Updated 28 March, 2017