Since July 2016, I have been training to become a NAFAS Area Demonstrator and I am delighted to confirm that having had my mock test on Thursday 16 November 2017, I have been put forward for the actual test which takes place on Thursday 25 January 2018.
During my mock test, adjudicators Lilias Hoskins and Beryl Cotton, who had flown all the way from Scotland to Sussex to oversee proceedings, awarded me 89.5 points out of 100. I also achieved 10 out of 10 in my plant identification test. As you can imagine, I was over the moon with this!
Most encouragingly, numerous flower clubs not only in Sussex but also in Hampshire, Kent and Surrey appear to have a lot of faith in me and have already started booking me for club demonstrations albeit that I am not qualified as yet. I am so grateful for their support and confidence!
My very first demonstration was held at Felpham Flower Club on 23 November 2017 and the wonderful feedback and praise I received was totally overwhelming; thank you ladies!
In case you would like to pop along and see me in action next year, I list the various dates below. It sure would be lovely to see you and I know that each club will give you a very warm welcome! Full address details for each club can be found at www.sussexareanafas.org.uk under their club section.
And if you are a programme secretary and reading this and would like to book me, then you can do so on 07775 024142.
My theme for the 2018 season is 'Come Fly With Me' while for the 2019 season it will be 'Wood U Believe It!'.
Demonstrations in 2018
Warnham Flower Club; 20 February; 7.30pm
Henfield Flower Club; 13 March; 2.00pm
Meon Valley Flower Club; 27 March; 2.00pm
Lewes Flower Club; 12 April; 2.00pm
Ninfield Flower Group; 4 June; 7.30pm
Seaford Evening Flower Club; 7 June; 7.00pm
Littlehampton & District Flower Club; 13 June; 2.30pm
Peacehaven & Telscombe Flower Club; 20 June; 2.30pm
St Andrews, Eastbourne Flower Club; 10 July; 7.30pm
Chaldon & Caterham Floral Club; 17 July; 2.00pm
Eastbourne Flower Club; 4 September; 2.30pm
Beaumont Flower & Crafts Club; 11 September; 7.30pm
Patcham Flower Club; 13 September; 2.15pm
West Bognor Flower Club; 17 September; 2.15pm
Arundel Flower Club; 21 September; 7.30pm
Bosham Flower Club; 26 September; 2.00pm
Horam & Heathfield Flower Club; 11 October; 7.30pm
Plumpton Flower Club; 17 October; 7.30pm
Crawley Flower Club; 8 November; 8.00pm
Southwick Flower Club; 13 November; 7.30pm - Christmas demonstration
Brighton & Hove Flower Decoration Club; 19 November; 2.15pm - Christmas demonstration
Demonstrations in 2019
Storrington Flower Club; 23 January; 2.30pm
Estepona Flower Club, SPAIN; 17 to 21 February; demonstration as well as a workshop
East Grinstead Flower Club; 6 March; 7.45pm
Steyning & District Flower Club; 27 March; 7.30pm
Emsworth Flower Club; 26 April; 2.00pm
Maidstone Flower Club; 9 May; 7.00pm
Little Common Flower Club; 27 September; 2.15pm