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Demonstrator Profiles

NAFAS DEMONSTRATORS are qualified at Area and National level. Qualification Tests for Area Demonstrators are held regularly within the Area. Demonstrations play an important part in flower club programmes with each demonstrator creating a variety of individually tailored floral exhibits, from classical to contemporary, often influenced by nature or a trendy new idea. Audiences can enjoy a ‘live show’ combining art, horticulture and theatre. 

Area Demonstrators 

Ms Sharon Badger

Titles include: A New Lease of Life 
                      Floral Medley
                      Christmas

Contact details.
Ring on: 07907 932 185
Email on:
sharonbadgerflowers@hotmail.com
Facebook.com/sharon
badgerflowers
Instagram - sharonbadgerflowers

Qualified as an Area Demonstrator in 2004, Sharon enjoys meeting new people and has travelled to many clubs. Even as far as Spain. 
She is an active member of NAFAS at both Club and Area level. Some of her past positions include twice being the Chairman of the Market Harborough Flower Club and past Chair of J.D.S & E. as well as Centrix - (a Contemporary group of South Midlands NAFAS).
Being a keen gardener, Sharon loves to use seasonal plant material in many of her designs. All of her demonstrations have a variety of designs in Traditional, Modern and Contemporary styles...there is something for everyone to enjoy!

 

Mr Lee Berrill 

Contact details.
Ring on (daytime): 01604 811 905
Mobile: 07989 725 113

Ms Claire Bond

Contact details.
Ring on: 07917 851 296
Website: https://amberjean.co.uk
Instagram: @amberjeanflowers

Flowers have been a huge part of my life for over 30 years. As a qualified florist my floral journey began in retail floristry. It’s a career I’ve very much loved; it’s not only allowed me to develop my skills but also opened up many a floral opportunity, from endless competition work, sales trips to Holland as well as those events and weddings! I originally passed my NAFAS Area Demonstrators test in 2004 before taking a break to raise my children. During this time, I gained my teaching qualification I then went on to work for BAES as a subject lead delivering leisure and accredited floristry at centres all over Birmingham. I now work independently, offering floristry training and workshops alongside everyday floral designs. Having qualified as an Area Demonstrator for the second time in October 2023, I’m really looking forward to visiting clubs once again.

Mrs Jane Fox 

Contact details.
Mobile: 07986 101 975
Ring on: 01788 811 233
Email: janeafox@hotmail.com

Mrs Joanna Davis 

Contact details.
Mobile: 07896 117368
Email: joanna_davis@btinternet.com

I passed my Area test in 2018 and I love demonstrating and all the fun, friendship and flowers that brings. 

I gained a level 3 floristry qualification in 2017.

I enjoy being our Area Demonstrators Rep and being a member of  the Judging Demonstrators Education and Speakers committee. I take satisfaction in helping demonstrators in any way I am able. 

I spend time researching different topics to try and make my demonstrations interesting and I relish searching for the quirky container!

Mrs Shirley Henderson

Titles include: A Night in the Town
                      Out of Africa
                      Around the World in 80 Minutes(ish)
                      A Touch of Gold 
                      'Tis the Season 

 

Contact details.
Ring on: 07804 231 168
Email on:
Shirley.henderson@wcg.org.uk
 

Shirley Henderson is an Area Demonstrator and Area Judge with a very varied background and experience in flower arranging. 
She's an American who first entered the flower world of arranging and competition while living in South Africa. Upon returning to the UK in 2006, she trained to become a NAFAS demonstrator and judge. 

A love of colour and unusual foliage, containers and designs form the foundations of her demonstrations while weaving a storyline throughout

 

Mrs Ruth Mahon

Contact details.
Ring on: 07957 463523
Email on: Ruthmahon@hotmail.com

Mrs Maryan Hermitage

Contact details.
Ring on: 07957 463523
Email on: Ruthmahon@hotmail.com

I qualified as an area demonstrator in October 2023 20 years after joining Meriden Floral Society with my mum Maryan Hermitage who qualified with me and has always had a love of the garden and flower arranging. It was at a demonstration at Berkswell Flower Club when the demonstrator mentioned that South Midlands wanted to recruit some new demonstrators’, my ears pricked up and my mind started whirring, was I good enough to be a demonstrator. Yes, I am and I look forward to sharing my love of flowers with others members of NAFAS

I qualified as an area demonstrator in October 2023. Whilst training I found that my greatest difficulty was doing arrangement large enough to be seen from a distance. My career was as a secondary school teacher teaching maths with a special interest being in lines and shapes which I have been able to incorporate into my floral designs.

Mrs Minh Lane

Contact details.
Ring on: 0121 475 1603
Mobile: 07946 399 687
Email: cheltonia@hotmail.co.uk

Mr Michael Montecillo

Contact details.
Ring on: 0121 785 2270
Mobile: 07525 624 152
Email: mikeemonte68@icloud.com

Mrs Jackie Page

Titles include: The Flower Arranger 
                       Flights of Fancy 
                       Connections 
                       Plus Christmas titles on request

Contact details.
Ring on: 01869 340407
Mobile 07779 396 325

Email: jackiep.page@gmail.com

I have been a member of NAFAS since my early twenties and have been competing for nearly as long. My love of flower arranging led me to become a demonstrator in 2012 and then a tutor a few years later. I also trained as a florist and the combination of these skills has seen me travelling all over the UK and to France and Germany as well. I belong to Bloxham Flower club in the South Midlands and to some clubs in another area as well. My demonstrations include a variety of styles, from the traditional to the contemporary, and I love to use colour in my designs. I really enjoy being part of the flower arranging world and sharing my experiences with like-minded people is a true pleasure.

Mrs Leena Patel

Contact details.
Mobile: 07833 205 874
Email: patelleena7@googlemail.com
Facebook: Leena Patel
Instagram: Leenap7

My names Leena Patel, a member of the Wylde Green Flower Arranging Club. I am 45 years old.
My joy of working with flowers stemmed from a very young age. 
My husband is a keen bee keeper and therefore, both flowers and bees work hand in hand.
I qualified as a florist almost 14 years ago and I have always kept flower arranging a hobby. 
I have always working in roles which have been very demanding, working with flowers takes me to a calm place allowing my creativities to flow. 
My ambition is to one day exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Mrs Louisa Rigden

Contact details.
Ring on: 02476 466 169
Mobile: 07966 178 985
Email: louisa.rigden@gmail.com

In 2003, I attended my first NAFAS club meeting with my Mum and was immediately hooked. My love of flower arranging led me to taking the NAFAS Diploma in Floral design in 2012 and also becoming a demonstrator in the same year.

I love using garden foliage, but also like creating a variety of styles

Floral design is my creative escape from my day job as an accountant and makes the days brighter!

Mrs Emma Remington

Contact details.
Mobile: 07764 794 835
Email:
info@emmaremingtonflowers.co.uk
Website: www.emmaremingtonflowers.com

In 2001, after a head-spinning life working in the fashion industry, I retrained and became a florist.....and Emma Remington Flowers was born. 
 
Studying, intially as a textile designer, I created a love for colour and texture, and now, I had inspirational new materials to work with; flowers and foliage. 

I trained to become a NAFAS Area Demonstrator in 2014 and have enjoyed meeting so many fellow flower lovers on my journeys. Sharing tips and tricks along the way.

Ms Linda Seabrook

Contact details.
Ring on: 01327 705 331
Mobile: 07990 992 088
Email:
lasflorist@hotmail.co.uk

Linda Seabrook is an Area Demonstrator and Area Judge 
Experienced in growing and supplying seasonal plant material 

Currently teaching flower arranging for Northampshire Council Adult Learning at LA's Florist in Daventry. Where she is currently chairman for Daventry and District Flower Club.

Mrs Beverley Short

Titles include: A Touch of Spring
                      A Midsummer Nights Dream
                      A Christmas Wish

Contact details
Ring on: 01789 621 135
Mobile: 0
7896 234 406
Email: shortshort@aol.com

I completed the NAFAS Advanced Floral Art Contemporary Course 2023 and followed on and became an Area Demonstrator 2014.
I taught flower arranging leisure courses at Stratford College and now teach weekly classes in the local area .

I have run workshops at Birmingham Craft Fair representing the South Midlands Area and JDSE.

I was accepted as a National Tutor November 2023 .

I have had some success in competitions and enjoy the camaraderie of other competitors.

Mrs Elaine Stoner 

Contact details.
Ring on: 01608 684347
Mobile: 07790 823 075
Email: elainestoner29@gmail.com

My career in the flower world started out over 30 years ago when I trained as a florist in Derbyshire.

I moved to the Cotswolds and joined Shipston Flower club.

I was fascinated by the demonstrators I watched and decided to train to become a demonstrator.

I enjoy sharing tips with the clubs that I have visited during my floral journey.

I have a passion for new innovative ideas to share with people.  

Mrs Alison Suffolk 

Contact details
Ring on: 02476 393 934
Mobile: 07886 290 601
Email: alishasuffolk@yahoo.com
 

I am a qualified florist and have been part of the industry since 1987.
My passion for flowers has enabled me to explore different aspects of the trade from working in a Garden Centre, a high street Inter-flora Florist and then onto employment as a florist wholesaler.
Throughout this journey, I've accumulated a wealth of knowledge but what I find really appealing about working with flowers is the vast opportunity to always be able to learn more...
I gained teaching qualifications and have been a lecturer in FE teaching floristry qualifications for the past 16 years. Passing my skills and passion for flowers on to students keen to learn has been a great pleasure. 
My most recent achievement was becoming an "Area Demonstrator" for NAFAS in 2014 and I'm now enojoying the experiences which this brings. 

 

National Demonstrators 

Mrs Lorena Dyer 

Contact details.
Ring on: 02476 467 292
Mobile: 07812 466 532

Mrs Margaret Rumens

Contact details
Ring on: 0121 705 4126
Mobile: 07831 376 818
Email: margaret.rumens@btinternet.com
 

Showcasing her love of garden plant material and having access to a wide selection of florist's flowers and foliages means that Margaret is in demand for her knowledge, sense of humour, chatty style, and varied use of plant material. 
Her titles are usually enhanced with appropriate music. 
Demonstrating has taken Margaret to many Area Members Days and AGMs, Club Open Demonstrations and giving the demonstration at the NAFAS Assembly in Swansea. 
She has demonstrated extensively in the UK, Ireland and Spain. One of her very first demonstrations when living in South Wales was to an audience of 600 WI Members.
Margaret has not looked back since.

More details can be found on her website: www.margaretrumens.co.uk

 

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