Blackpool Flower and Food Show 2017
See account from Jacqueline Fox blackpool_2017.docx
Durham Flower Club 55 year Anniversaryblackpool_2017.docx
see report from Durham Flower Club
Westminster Abbey March 2017
see report from Pam Greenhill of Commonwealth Observance Service
Golden Anniversary Celebrations 5 and 6 August 2017
Afternoon teas will be available on 5 and 6 August at £14.50 per head for tickets contact Pamella Alexander.
Stewards are required for 5th and 6th August. Please forward your name to Pamella Alexander if you are able to help.
Lonely Bouquet 5 May 2017
NAFAS Flower arrangers and WI members are joining forces to flood the streets of the UK with Lonely Bouquets. See press release for more information. Please attach this label to your bouquet.
Designer of the Year for Blackpool 2017
Julia Loudon won a hard fought competition with Rebecca Hough at Area Day. Julia will now represent the Area at Blackpool in November.
WI Show the Love Campaign 14 February 2017
Following recent meetings with the WI and the Board of Directors, it has been agreed that both organisations will join together on two campaigns in 2017, the WI Show the Love Campaign and the NAFAS Lonely Bouquet.
The overall aim of the WI campaign is to ‘show the love’ for all that could be lost due to climate change.
We are asking Areas and Clubs to create foliage green hearts. Please attach a tag to your foliage green hearts wi_show_the_love_tag.pdf The WI ask that photos are taken of green hearts and shared online on 14 February #showthelove .
Information about the Show the Love campaign can be found on the WI website.
Christmas Craft Fair and Family Fun Day took place at Sage and St Mary's Gateshead on December 3 and 4th.
Six area demonstrators showcased Christmas designs including sleigh and wall hangings throughout the weekend. There was also food, crafts, local produce, live music and Santa's Grotto.
New National Judge
Congratulations to our newly qualified National Judge, Rita Braithwaite. The test was held Saturday 29 October in Solihull.
Congratulations to Philida Irving our newly qualified Adjudicator for Speakers Tests.
Indemnity Form re tax liabilities
The previous form has now been withdrawn. HQ are recommending that clubs include the following sentence on any letter or form booking a speaker/demonstrator
"The presenter is responsible for all Tax and National Insurance payments incurred as a result of this booking"
This removes the need to get the demonstrator/speaker/teacher/judge to sign anything.
To Snap or not to Snap?
This article explains the thinking behind the media consent form and whether a demonstrator wishes their work to be photographed. Click here to read.
Do you compete?
The new NAFAS Competition Manual is published and available from Area trading. Our Judges Representative has written an informative article which explains some of the changes. To read click on this link.
There is a slight chance that HMRC could come onto clubs for unpaid income tax liabilities on the fee portion of presenters Blue Form expenses. Any presenter who is receiving substantial financial reward should be filling in a tax return. In order to cover their backs clubs should now attached this form, as sent from H.Q to the blue form. This should be filled in by the presenter and returned to the club or area making the booking with part B. To obtain the form click link
Benefits of NAFAS membership
An open letter has been released by the National Chairman regarding membership of Nafas. A copy of this letter has been handed out to each Club and an electronic copy attached to Council minutes sent to each Chairman. Further copies they can be downloaded here.