Elizabethan guest for anniversary

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THERE was cause for a blooming celebration as HUCKNALL FLOWER ARRANGING GROUP celebrated its 35th anniversary.

A competition was held on the night to mark the occasion. It had a seascape theme because a 35th milestone is associated with coral.

All competitors were asked to design their entries using coral-coloured flowers and accessories or pieces of coral.

“All entries were judged by members, who placed coins beside their preferred choices,” explained member Christine Chadwick. “The joint first-prize winners were Gwen White and Janice McEwan. Second prize went to Pat Bramley and third to Jean Fordham.”

A special guest during the night who came to entertain the members entitled her talk ‘The Life and Times of an Elizabethan Lady’.

Ann Horsley from Stratford-upon-Avon wore a costume that represented what a wealthy woman from the Elizabethan age would have worn. She brought the era to life by talking about the clothing, accessories and jewellery that were all the rage in the 16th century.

There was also a clothes rail with examples of clothing that the less affluent members of Elizabethan society wore.

Christine added: “Ann also explained how glass or candles were produced and how flowers and herbs were used for medicinal, culinary and cosmetic purposes but that some were also poisonous.”

The evening’s entertainment was interspersed with refreshments taking on a more modern theme of sparkling rose wine and coral-coloured cupcakes.

Hucknall Flower Arranging Group meet on the first Wednesday of the month at the town’s John Godber Centre.

Their next meeting will take place on Wednesday October 3 at 7.30pm and their speaker for the evening is Carolyn Wise under the theme of ‘Nostalgia’.

The Novemeber meeting shouldn’t be missed as there will be a special Christmas floral demonstration by Ian Buxton.

New members and visitors are welcome. If you would like more information contact Christine on 0115 9636894.