September 2017 Demonstration 
The meeting opened with a belated presentation and congratulations to Maureen Hanlon and Laurence Dubeck for their exquisite plaques which were on display for all to see, and outstanding from our July anniversary competition.   A welcome was then given by Chairman Margaret Moores to Denise Bright of Romsey, Hants, who was to demonstrate, and her title was “A few of my favourite things”.  Denise who works at Winchester College and is a NAFAS Diploma teacher explained her courses and told enumerate stories about her students, and kept the audience entertained with a precis of the life of Constance Spry.  Throughout the evening Denise executed five designs using a few of her favourite accessories.   Her first, a white porcelain container filling it with a “Constance Spry” type design using white Avalanche roses, cream antirrhinums and white spray chrysanthemums.  The second was a metallic looking urn filled with sunflowers, Volkenfrieden delphiniums and red carnations.  Two handtied arrangements followed; a small upright with dahlias, and a large one threaded through a bamboo framework containing pink “Memory Lane” roses, deep red carnations and orange/rust calla lilies.    Gloriosa lilies were placed in small glass bottles for her fourth, but her final arrangement had a grand mixture of large and small heliconiums, bunches of magenta vanda orchids and cream/maroon carnations, placed around a large upright piece of wood.   Overall a “different” evening as expressed by Jenny Connelly in the vote of thanks.


The evening closed with reminders of our opening meeting on 30th September, 2.00 p.m. at the Windmill Theatre, Littlehampton, where David Thomas national demonstrator, will  show his talents demonstrating “Celebrations