Felpham Flower Club celebrates emerald anniversary

Area demonstration Julie Brownlee  (middle)  with Sussex area chairman Jean Plaskett (left) and chairman  Margaret Hatton at their club's 55th anniversary ''C120132-1 Bog Flowers  Photo Louise Adams
Area demonstration Julie Brownlee (middle) with Sussex area chairman Jean Plaskett (left) and chairman Margaret Hatton at their club's 55th anniversary ''C120132-1 Bog Flowers Photo Louise Adams

A MEMORABLE afternoon proved a fitting occasion for the emerald anniversary of Felpham Flower Club.

The special lunch and floral demonstration by expert Julie Brownlee was enjoyed by 56 members and friends. They included the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies’ area chairman, Jean Plaskett.

The tables at the Felpham Memorial Village Hall last Friday were beautifully decorated with flower arrangements and menu cards based on the appropriate theme of green shamrock chrysanthemums.

Club chairman Margaret Hatton said she was sure the founders of the club would be thrilled to see it was still thriving.

Over the years, its members had taken part in countless flower festivals and raised thousands of pounds for charity.

“A toast was then made to the future success of the club before members sat back to enjoy the floral demonstation which had a distinctly green theme but, nevertheless, contained a profusion of flowers,” said Mrs Hatton.

The club has several more special events planned to celebrate its 55th anniversary. They include an open meeting by national demonstrator Bob Harris in May and a floral exhibition in July.

Books which showed the early history of the club were on display for members to browse through.

The club’s origins in September 1956 arose from the desire of Mary Dodds, Edith Wise and Rose Aris to provide a local outlet for Felpham’s flower arrangers instead of the 300-strong West Sussex Flower Club in Chichester.

The Felpham club’s first president, Betty Adames, was a lady of extraordinary talent and energy who was highly regarded as a flower arranger.

She knew society florist and best-selling author Constance Spry who came to open the club’s Christmas exhibition in 1959.

Mrs Adames was asked to decorate the Chichester Festival Theatre for its opening by the Queen in 1962 and organised the first Chichester Cathedral Flower Festival four years later.

Regular monthly meetings are held by the club on Thursday afternoons. More details from Mrs Hatton on 01243 587505.