National Chairmans Challenge

Given we are going to be less active for longer than we had hoped I am setting my CC as a simple way of giving clubs a chance  to work on a simple project. Each month will have a title and  areas are invited to ask each club to produce something to illustrate that title, it does not have to be an arrangement, it can be a collection of items as an assemblage, a collection of plants, containers etc, clubs are only limited by their imaginations. The area collects all the photographs of the entries, one from each club that wants to take part, the area then emails the image they think best to me and then the board will award points. There will be a small prize for the area with the most points at the end of the year. Obviously whilst lockdown lasts clubs will have to appoint one member to produce the entry. I am not setting areas against each other, just trying to keep creative juices going and insure the whole association remains active and interactive, only support this as an area if you choose. Entries to Chairman by the last day of the competition month. A selection of images will be put on our website, face book, etc. The sending of the image presumes you give permission for it to be used where ever NAFAS chooses.

December - A Festive gift. 

January -Burns night.

February -Valentine time.

March- A spring bonnet. 

April-no competition as we have our virtual show.

May- May Day celebrations.

June- Wedding time.

July- Happy holidays.

August-A Picnic on the beach.

September –Back to school.

October-Here comes autumn.

November Remember, remember the 5th of November.

Look out for the regular Looking Forward News sheets.

Best wishes Katherine Kear.

NAFAS - the very first Virtual National Show

‘Spring the Happy Time of Singing Birds is Come" (John Clare)

To be launched on our new National Website, YouTube and FaceBook throughout April.

Demonstrations from our national demonstrators, ‘How To’ sessions with our national teachers, entertaining presentations from our national speakers and a feast of spring themed classes to enter from a schedule created by our national judges.

After judging all the exhibits will be available for viewing. Schedule details will be sent to all area chairmen for distribution to all clubs soon.

LOOK OUT for the following; worksheets on Colour and Texture downloadable free of charge from the new website when it is launched.  2 booklets- Show Work and a Basic Teaching manual both downloadable for a fee. The popular book "The Principles and Elements of Design" will soon be for sale again having been republished.


Next March, if all goes well there will be an exhibition staged by guest curator Shane Connolly within the Garden Museum in London about the life of Constance Spry. He asks our members via myself if anyone has memories and reminiscences to share or items and photographs to lend/copy and send. If so do email me please. I am aware this maybe something our longer standing members may be able to help us with, so area chairmen do see if these members get this news please.

I am busy working on other opportunities for the association to be involved in a variety of events. If you hear of anything that we could be involved in then do please let me know.


November sees the Emerald anniversary of Floralies Association of Garden Clubs of Peru, they have been affiliated since 1967 and were founded in 1965. The board have recorded a greetings video for them.

Look out for our festive greetings letter.

Look out for the regular Looking Forward News sheets.

Best wishes Katherine Kear.

National Chairman's Newsletter

Click here to download the December Newsletter

National Flower Arranging Day - Friday 7th May 2021

National Flower Arranging Day will be going ahead this year with changes necessary to fit in with current policies nationwide.  Please encourage all members you come in contact with to join in.  We are using our homes to firstly mark the day but maybe more importantly to give a little cheer and sign of hope, maybe remembering the saying “If you hold a flower close to your heart you will see only beauty and hope”.


The task is to put a ‘something floral’ on a front door, front gate, front fence etc., you will get the picture.  Use wherever there is in your home that can be seen from the road and path.  I know some may have houses set back so your gate may be the only option.  We cannot have people picking up posies left in public places so this is our best option.  You can make of it what you choose, a single bloom and bow, posy on a gate, baskets on a gate post, swag on a fence or a wicker ring on the front door. The latter proved so popular when we did our Rings of Hope last summer for the NHS.  Some clubs told their local newspapers so the same could be done this time. 


I will be sending out a small flyer that can be attached to the design outlining what the project is all about with a central email contact for interested parties. I do hope to get reports of creatively decorated gates, fences and doors.  Maybe Areas could collect a few images that we could use on our website, media etc. 


Best wishes.


Katherine Kear MDPF

National Chairman

Louise Brown (Barnstaple Floral Art Club) entered the photograph below in the NAFAS National Photography 2020 Competition, "From Any Angle" and won 1st Prize.