Festive flowers attract crowd

The arrangements by Beryl Cotton at Goosnargh St Mary's Flower Club
The arrangements by Beryl Cotton at Goosnargh St Mary's Flower Club

Christmas got off to a festive start for Goosnargh St Mary’s Flower Club when 142 members and guests travelled from as far away as Cockermouth to be treated to some “Christmas Magic” courtesy of demonstrator Beryl Cotton.

Beginning with her version of an upside down Christmas tree complete with white amaryllis suspended beneath it right through to her final design which was three red, sparkly cones in varying sizes and filled with gorgeous red roses, deep red amaryllis and some lovely foliage, Beryl entertained and inspired with her imaginative designs.

Using a wonderful selection of flowers ranging from roses, orchids, anthuriums and various colours of amaryllis, she wove her magic, creating a stage filled with, to quote a famous store, “Magic and Sparkle”.

The audience was then treated to a superb buffet provided by the committee and club members and the evening ended with an extensive raffle.

The next meeting of the club - which boasts members from the Goosnargh and Longridge area as well as Garstang, Over Wyre and Fulwood - is on January 23 when the new programme gets underway with Vanessa Wellock demonstrating the intriguing title ‘Thez’rs!’ and all, as ever, are welcome.

In February, Sara Barrow will give a demonstration entitled “In Vogue”; in March Wendy Graveston will give one entitled “The Apprentice”; in April it is the turn of Patti Dawson with “Variations on a theme”; in May Kethleen Williams has named her’s “Brown paper packages tied up with String”, in June Susan Fairhurst chooses “Woolly thinking”; in July it is “Garden Party” by Karen Schofield; in August Carol Black with “Kaleidoscope”; in October Lynn Stott with “Through the Garden Gate” and in November “Magic of Christmas” by Diane Fair.

For further details about the club - which celebrated its 30th anniversary in September - please contact Fliss Pemberton on 01772 865057 or Sylvia Smith on 01772 865353.