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Ann Horsley - Stratford upon Avon Flower Club and Avon Floral Art
Ann Horsley - Stratford upon Avon Flower Club and Avon Floral Art

Vintage - 2nd

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Nic Carree - Stratford Upon Avon Flower Club and Avon Floral Art
Nic Carree - Stratford Upon Avon Flower Club and Avon Floral Art

Strictly Colour

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Ann Horsley - Stratford upon Avon Flower Club and Avon Floral Art
Ann Horsley - Stratford upon Avon Flower Club and Avon Floral Art

Christmas Window 1st res & Best in Show

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Ann Horsley - Stratford upon Avon Flower Club and Avon Floral Art
Ann Horsley - Stratford upon Avon Flower Club and Avon Floral Art

Vintage - 2nd

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MALVERN SHOW SUCCESS 2021

Congratulations and well done to all our South Midlands members who entered the Malvern Show this year.

We're sure you would agree, they're all wonderful designs and fantastic to have won some awards too.    

Click on the Gallery for more information about each entry.

A Picnic on the Beach
A Picnic on the Beach

Design by Beverley Birch from the Flower Club of Market Harborough

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A Picnic on the Beach
A Picnic on the Beach

Design by Beverley Birch from the Flower Club of Market Harborough

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August Chairman's Challenge

Congratulations to Beverley Birch from the Flower Club of Market Harborough for her winning entry into the Area round of the National Chairman's challenge.   

 

The title was 'A picnic on the beach'.

Thank you and well done to all who entered.

Happy Holidays
Happy Holidays

Designed by Janet Cooper from Bugbrooke & District Flower Society

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Happy Holidays
Happy Holidays

Designed by Janet Cooper from Bugbrooke & District Flower Society

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July National Chairman's Challenge

A wonderful entry to the June National Chairman's Challenge entitled 'Happy Holidays' by Janet Cooper, from Bugbrooke and District Flower Society.

A very tropical looking beach !

Thank you and well done to all who entered.

The B-923 RNLI Lifeboat 'Patricia Southall'
the crew and staff at the lifeboat station
the crew and staff at the lifeboat station

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Christening the lifeboat - Patricia Southall
Christening the lifeboat - Patricia Southall

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The Pat Southall takes to the water
The Pat Southall takes to the water

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the crew and staff at the lifeboat station
the crew and staff at the lifeboat station

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In our world of flower arranging we remember Pat with much affection as Chairman and President of both Solihull and Knowle Flower Clubs and the South Midlands Area.


Her planning and organising was second to none, nothing was ever too much trouble.


It is her fundraising work with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution over many years that we also remember her.


Already an RNLI volunteer, Pat took early retirement from a senior position with the Bank and England, which gave her the opportunity to spend more time and energy to further help this most worthy organisation.


Pat set up the Hall Green Guild in 1982 and, along with the Edgbaston & Harborne Guild from the early 1970’s, held all the key committee posts during her life. Pat’s talents were planning and inspiring other volunteers. She was responsible for a vast range of fundraising events over the years.
Her dedication and hard work was recognised by the RNLI and she was awarded the Gold Badge in 2006, followed by the Bar to the Gold Badge in 2012. In 2016 Pat became a Honorary Life Governor, the highest award possible for a volunteer.


Sadly, Pat died in January 2017 and her generous legacy to the RNLI has
funded their latest lifeboat PATRICIA SOUTHALL, stationed at Blyth,
Northumberland.


The Naming Ceremony and Service of Dedication of the B-923 PATRICIA
SOUTHALL took place on Saturday 21 August 2021.

 

I was surprised and delighted some weeks earlier to receive a call from the RNLI inviting me to name the lifeboat.  It was a moving ceremony and service, with tributes to Pat's life and dedication to the RNLI.   Members of the crew then manned the lifeboat and demonstrated her abilities.  It was very touching to see her put through her paces and move through the water with Pat’s name on her sides. It was also interesting to learn that she had already completed one rescue.  


A wonderful day, with Simone and Peter Squire and Clive, sharing fond memories of Pat and the lifeboat bearing her name which will go on to save lives at sea.

                                                  

Janet James

Wedding Time
Wedding Time

by Jill Slater (Nuneaton Flower Guild). Winner of Area round and 3rd in National round

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Wedding Time
Wedding Time

by Jill Slater (Nuneaton Flower Guild). Winner of Area round and 3rd in National round

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June Chairman's Challenge

Congratulations to Jill Slater from Nuneaton Flower Guild for not only winning the Area Round for the National Chairman's Challenge but also third place at National level.

Well done to all who entered.

May Day Celebrations
May Day Celebrations

Area Winning Design by Jo Male (Nuneaton Flower Guild)

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May Day Celebrations
May Day Celebrations

Area Winning Design by Jo Male (Nuneaton Flower Guild)

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May Chairman's Challenge

Congratulations to Jo Male from Nuneaton Flower Guild for her success in winning the Area round for May's National Chairman's Challenge.

Well done to all who entered.    

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