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1st November – Dorchester Flower Festival

You will be delighted to know that the flower festival at Dorchester raised a total of £14,720.   As a result  £7,360 will be given to both the Footsteps Foundation and Dorchester Abbey.  In addition, each will receive specific donations and Gift-aid.

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14th October – Winners of Footprint competition

Footprint Competition Winner Age 3-5 Lottie Sant

Footprint Competition Winner Age 6-8 Rhys Mitchell

Footprint Competition Winner Age 9-12 Rebecca Taylor

2nd October – AGM lunch now sold out

1st October – Footsteps photos now available

Photos from the Footsteps flower festival are now available under the Photos tab.

We are planning to get a selection of the designs printed as greetings cards to be available at the area AGM.  We are also considering producing a calendar featuring a selection of designs from the festival.  Please email if you think this is a good idea.

10th August – New events added

Details of the following  local and South Midlands events have recently been added to the Whats’ On pages.

  • Dennis Kneepkens demonstration and workshop near Solihull on 7th and 8th September.  See Beyond Our Area
  • Mock and actual South Midlands Area demonstrator tests on 16th September and 14th October near Stratford-on-Avon. See Beyond Our Area
  • Bruno Duarte demonstration in Wokingham on 24th October – see Local Events

Focal Points now on line

Focal Points will now be available for download from the Focal Points page line for members who are unable to collect their copy from club meetings.  Edition 37 (Summer 2018) is now available, and all future editions will be available at the same time as they are distributed at council meetings

Berks County Show 15-16th Sep

This show is always a fantastic day out for the family.  BB&O will be there with hands-on flower arranging activities and a floral frame for people to pose for photos.  It would be good to see lots of BB&O members entering the competition which is all about Magic.  Download the schedule from Berks Show Flower and Produce Schedule 2018 and the entry form from Berks Show Flower Tent Entry Form 2018
All competitors get free tickets to the show.   Closing date for entry to the competition is 3rd Sep.

Area AGM – 16th Nov.

Tickets for the ‘Christmas Carols’ demonstration and/or lunch will be on sale at the Area Council meeting on 4th Sep.  See Area Events for the booking form and menu choice

Jane Rowton-Lee: National Associate of Honour

We are delighted to announce that Jane Rowton-Lee, past BB&O Area President and current coordinator for flowers at Westminster Abbey has been awarded the prestigious NAFAS National Associate of Honour award.

Well done and many congratulations to Jane.  We are proud of her.

26th June 2018 – Awards at Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Best in Show:  Margaret Lang & Sue John from Bladon & Woodstock Flower in Class 3

Runner-Up to Best in Show: Jane Haas & Shirley Sexton from Greys Flora in Class 4

See 2018 Blenheim Palace Show Results for the full set of awards

6th June 2018 – Masquerade Winner – Jane Haas

Jane Haas won the area round of the WAFA Elimination  competition at Benson on 4th June.  She will now go on to represent the area at the national Masquerade event in Leicester in August.  We wish her the best of luck.  Photos of the other 3 entries will be available shortly, but for the time being we will not be publishing Jane’s design as we would not wish to compromise her entry in Leicester

25th May 2018 – Congratulations on RHS Malvern and Chelsea Awards

At RHS Malvern Angela Edmonds from Oxford FC and Greys Flora was awarded Silver Gilt in class ‘A Light Bulb Moment’

At RHS Chelsea:

  • Shirley Sexton from Caversham & Chiltern FC and Greys Flora was awarded Gold in class ‘Light and Shadow’ and Best in 2nd Session
  • Jane Belcher from Oxford FC and BB&O Teachers Association was awarded Silver Gilt in class ‘Formation’
  • Frances Buchan and Jackie Nichols from Oxford FC and Greys Flora were awarded Silver Gilt in class ‘Tropical Dream’
  • Angela Edmonds from Oxford FC and Greys Flora was awarded Silver in class ‘Tropical Dream’
  • Jackie Page from Bicester FC and Club 2000 was awarded Silver in class ‘Formation’
  • Barbara Hunt and Gillian Harries from Newbury FC were awarded Bronze in class ‘Tropical Dream’

Photos will be available shortly

GDPR – General Data Protection Regulations

New laws for data protection come into effect on 25th May.  In order to demonstrate how the area complies with these regulations a set of documents and forms have been prepared and are available under the Admin section of this website.  These will be reviewed at least annually and updated as required.

Don’t forget National Flower Arranging Day – 4th May

National Flower Arranging Day and the Friendship Bouquet campaign will be on Friday 4th May.  See Admin/Media Officers for the BB&O tag which clubs can download and amend to add to bouquets and publicity designs

16th March – Easter Eggstravaganza – Photos now available

Many thanks to Alison, Irene, Jane, Frances and everyone else who contributed to making the Easter Eggstravaganza event such a success – lots of hard work by the committee and helpers!  A enjoyable day was had by all, with demonstrations, Ready-Steady-Snip, competitions, retail therapy, lunch and tea, and lots of eggs.  The event raised £1839 towards the Footsteps Flower Festival,  where the proceeds will be shared between the  Footsteps Foundation (a very worthy charity which helps children with neurological disorders) and Dorchester Abbey

Decorated Egg competition – winner according to public vote was Carol Doughty from Wantage FC, and according to national judge Anna Steven the winner was Ann Dawson from Bladon & Woodstock FC.

Easter Basket competition – winner according to public vote was Sue Starr from Stony Stratford FC, and according to national judge Anna Steven the winner was Shirley Sexton from Caversham & Chiltern FC

Chocolate Quiz competition – see Chocolate quiz for the quiz questions and answers.  Details of the winner tbs when I have the information.

Thames Valley Flower Club visit Brookfields Special Needs School

On Wednesday 7th February 2018, Club Chairman Lesley Henderson and other Committee Members visited Brookfields Special Needs School in Tilehurst for the Students Careers Week.  This is the third year the club has sent representatives from the Club.

The students attending were very enthusiastic about choosing the flowers and foliage and proceeded to create individual designs, of which they were most proud and were able to take them home.  All students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and found it stimulating and an interesting morning and look forward to the next visit.

 26th February

New NAFAS guidelines and letters are available to help club committees.  Follow these links:

RHS Chelsea Flower Arranging Schedule now available.  Application.  Deadline extended to 21st Feb

21st January

.Study Days with Jonathan Moseley at Woburn Abbey:  See Learning Opportunities

Jazz up Your January – £150 for the Footsteps flower festival was raised by members of F&GP and the flower festival committee at a Bring and Share Lunch on 11th January.  Everyone bought a plate of food and paid  £10 towards exhibits at the festival.  A pleasant time was had by all.

What skills do you have?  The area is trying to develop a register of people in the area who may have skills or assets that might prove useful on occasions – see Skills Register Request.  At this stage we are particularly looking for qualified first aiders to help at the area flower festival in Dorchester Abbey 28-30 Sep.  If you can help please email Area Chairman or phone Alison Mount on 01753 868 320

NAFAS YouTube Channel:  See the latest NAFAS How To .. videos on

Deaths: We are sorry to learn about the recent deaths of
– Winefride (Terry)  Hadland, aged 95,  who was editor of Scene on Three (the fore-runner to Focal Points) for a number of years in the 1980’s
– Molly Coles, age 91, who was a well-known member of Windrush and Cotswold Flower Clubs.
– Joan Owen, National Associate of Honour for Surrey.  See Obituary for Joan Owen – Nov 201

News from the 2017 AGM

The rose bowl for the club raising the most money for charity in 2017 was presented to Briony Newport from Oxford Flower Club  for raising £3385.80, the proceeds going to Myeloma UK, Fyfield Church, OXSRAD and Oxford Flexiecare.  Based on information supplied by 21 clubs the area donated a total of £13193.35 to various charities.

The silver platter for the club which had the largest increase in orders for the Flower Arranger was presented to Meg Hooper from Chieveley Flower Club.

The new Penelope Everett trophy for the BB&O Person of the Year was presented to Shirley Sexton for the significant achievements on the media front.

Brenda Copas, Chairman of Greys Flora, presented to the area a new award, the Diane GIll Memorial Trophy, provided by Diane’s husband Cliff.  This will be awarded annually in future for most innovative contemporary design of the year.

Thame Flower Club brought Pudsey Bear and raised £200 for Children in Need.  They also commented how much they had all enjoyed the meeting, lunch and demonstration, and how fantastic the stage looked at the end of the demonstration.

11 Nov 2017 – BB&O Awards at the Festive Flower and Food Show

Class 4 (Craft Class): By the Winter Fireside
Highly Commended – Shirley Sexton from Caversham & Chiltern, and Greys Flora

Class 16: Skewered
Very Highly Commended: Susie Barwick from Phoenix
Commended – Shirley Sexton from Caversham & Chiltern, and Greys Flora

Aylesbury Flower Club Charity Fundraising Day

As a direct result of some little cupcake flower arrangements left around Aylesbury town as ‘Lonely Bouquets’ this year, Aylesbury Flower Club were invited to take part in the ‘Dare to Wear it Pink Day’ activities in the town centre on Saturday 30th September which raised money for Cancer Research.

Members of the club donated money or collected small containers such as cups and saucers, little dishes, mugs and cupcake cases and did arrangements in them and then volunteers manned the stall to sell the flowers on the day.  In the end there were well over 100 arrangements with one lady popping home to make more during the day when the number of arrangements dropped and it became obvious we could sell more.

In total we raised an amazing £450 which was almost a quarter of the total raised on the day.

July 2017 – Berkshire Blooms on Peach Quest – Radio Berks

On Saturday 8th July a team from BB&O took part in the Peach Quest on Radio Berkshire – and got the Peach!  This is an Anneka Rice type treasure hunt with the team in the studio solving cryptic clues and directing a driver and assistant around the county to find the next clue.  The aim is to solve all 5 clues within the 3 hour programme and find the peach..  The team (left to right) consisted of Elizabeth Moffitt (Caversham), Shirley Sexton (Area Media Officer), Siobhan Pilkington (Maidenhead and Alison Mount (Area Chairman).  Vernon Harwood presented the programme on behalf of Andrew Peach.

We took every opportunity to publicise NAFAS and BB&O, and encouraged listeners to visit one of our clubs and mention ‘Peach Quest’.  Please could all clubs make these visitors welcome and encourage them to come back.

25 June 2017  – see Blenheim Results 2017

May 2017 – Awards at Chelsea

Congratulations to BB&O winners at Chelsea.  As an area we did really well this year.
Jane BelcherGold and Best in 1st Session in class ‘In Suspense’
Theresa Rodriques – Gold and Best in 2nd Session in class ‘In Suspense’
Shirley Sexton and Sara Steward from Caversham & Chiltern Flower Club – Gold in class ‘The Cutting Edge’
Gillian Harries and Barbara Hunt from Newbury Floral Society – Gold in class ‘The Cutting Edge’
Tan Strong from Phoenix Design – Silver Gilt in class ‘Enchanted Garden’
Irene Manson and Jane Haas from Caversham & Chiltern Flower Club – Silver in class ‘Enchanted Garden’
Lorraine Saunders from Design Scents – Silver in class ‘In Suspense’
Frances Buchan and Jackie Nichols from Oxford Flower Club – Bronze in class ‘Enchanted Garden’
June Potter and Stephanie Peniket from Burnham Floral Art Society – Bronze in class ‘Enchanted Garden’

15 May 2017 – Highlight awards at Malvern Spring Flower Show

Congratulations to BB&O award winners::
Ann Sinclair from Club 2000 and Chalfont  – Gold and Best in Show,  Ann’s daughter, Helen Sinclair, from the London and Overseas Area was also awarded a gold medal.
Jenny Clarke from Thames Valley – Runner-up to Best in Show, and ‘Best Use of Foliage’.
Angela Edmonds from Oxford – silver in class ‘At the Celebrity Chef Table’
Didn’t they do well!

28 April 2017 – Competition winners at Best of British

Congratulations to Siobhan Pilkington from Maidenhead Flower Club for winning the Crown Jewels competition and Sue Starr from from Stony Stratford for her Strawberries and Cream depiction in the Best of British, design in a small plant pot competition.  Also to the winner of the photographic competition: Lorna Levett from Caversham and Chiltern Flower Club.

23 April 2017 – Silver at Harrogate

Congratulations to Lorraine Saunders, Jeanette Bell and Jane Melville from Design Scents who represented the BB&O Area at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show.  Their depiction of Ralph Lauren in the area class Hort Couture was awarded a silver medal.

16 March 2017 – Club Officers Day Notes

To see the full Powerpoint presentation from the Club Officers Day on 16th March 2017 go to Club Officers Day 2017