Exmouth Flower Club marks 60th birthday with lunch party
PUBLISHED: 12:30 01 August 2016
Members past and present gathered at the Royal Beacon Hotel to celebrate 60 years of the Exmouth Flower Club.
The organisation held a lunch event to celebrate the anniversary of the club’s formation in 1956.
Founders Miss Williams, Miss Blackmore, Mrs Nicholls and Mrs Johnson came up with the idea of Exmouth floral group.
A spokesman for the club said: “Little did the four ladies who got together at the Maer cricket ground back in 1956 know or, indeed, could even guess that Exmouth Flower Club would be part of the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies (NAFAS) and still be going strong after 60 years.”
The celebration event was attended by national chairman Sheila Hadlow, area vice-chairman Jill Wilson and a past area chairman Vivienne Thompson.
More than six past chairmen of the Exmouth club were also present.
In the summer of 1956, the four women decided that rather than travelling to Exeter to attend meetings, they would set up their own group.
Over the last 60 years, the club has been involved in events at Buckfast Abbey, Exeter Cathedral and, in 2012, the ‘Majesty’ Flower Festival.
The club has also arranged flowers weekly at Exmouth Hospital, as well as taking part at The Devon County Show and Chelsea Flower Show.
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