Monday, 18 June 2018

Henley Flower Arranging Club

THE club celebrated its 60th anniversary with a lunch at Phyllis Court Club.

THE club celebrated its 60th anniversary with a lunch at Phyllis Court Club.

About 50 members attended the event, which included a three–course meal and entertainment by actress Tina Gray.

Ms Gray gave a short performance based on George Frederick Watts’ 1864 painting

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, a portrait of his future wife Dame Ellen Terry holding camelias and violets.

Rev Dr James Hawkey, a minor canon of Westminster Abbey, delivered a special grace he had written for the occasion.



Club chairwoman Jane Rowton–Lee arranges the abbey’s flowers and helped to decorate it for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.

She was also responsible for designing the flower arrangements for the Queen’s coronation anniversary celebration service in 2013.

Pat Collinson, chairwoman of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire branch of the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies, gave a toast to the club, which was formally received by president Diane Gill.

The club meets on the third Monday of every month except August and December.

The next meeting will be held at Sacred Heart parish hall in Walton Avenue, Henley, on June 15 at 2pm when Katherine Kear will give a talk called “Tales from an Elizabethan still room”.



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