Who are we?

Back in 1963 some lady members of the Horticultural Society committee persuaded the men to include flower arrangement classes in the schedule. Not surprisingly, there were a large number of entries. As a result the idea of a flower arrangement club was conceived, and at first it was thought that this should be affiliated to the Horticultural Society.

However, the committee did not approve this proposal. Mrs Nancy Dunn then arranged for a flower arranging demonstration at St Michaels Hall, which was well attended. This was then followed by a course in flower arranging at the Evening Institute at The Ridings School, which proved so successful that the six week course was extended to a twelve week one.

During early 1964, a notice proposing the forming of a Flower Club was circulated throughout Winterbourne, asking anyone who was interested to come to a meeting at St Michaels Hall. Around thirty ladies attended, and they were given a talk about NAFAS ( http://www.nafas.org.uk ) by Mrs Olga Stewart, who chaired the meeting. It was agreed a club be formed, and affiliated to NAFAS. The committee was formed and Mrs Nora Rix was elected as the first chairman.

That year several demonstrations, and a workshop were held, and the club grew quickly. Just two years later, in May of 1966 the club were asked to take part in a Flower Festival at Bristol Cathedral, and many congratulations were received for the interpretation of "A Spring Wedding"  in the small Chapel.

This set the standard, and since then Winterbourne and District Flower Arrangement Society have continued to take part in competitions, such as Bath Spring Show and the Bristol Show; help at Flower Festivals - most recently at Llandaff Cathedral in 2010; and put on two Club Shows a year for members to show their skills and interpretations of many varied classes.

In 2009 we celebrated our Sapphire Anniversary (45 years), and are now looking forward to bringing in new members who will be with us to enjoy our Golden Anniversary in 2014.