Flo­ral arts club say it with free flow­ers

Mem­bers leave bou­quets with mes­sages at­tached

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

KIND-HEARTED mem­bers of a flower ar­rang­ing club left ‘lonely bou­quets’ in public places for passers-by to take home and en­joy.

The Uxbridge & Ick­en­ham Flo­ral Arts So­ci­ety stealth­ily de­ployed 10 bunches at spots around the bor­ough, such as Hilling­don Ath­let­ics Track and by the statue in Uxbridge High Street.

Each had a mes­sage at­tached, invit­ing those who came across the flow­ers – which in­cluded ev­ery­thing from roses to lilies and tulips – to take them home, as well as the club’s con­tact de­tails.

Club sec­re­tary Cris­tine Benn, 55, of Bel­mont Close, Uxbridge, said: “It’s quite a nice thing to do, be­cause every­body loves flow­ers, for noth­ing.

“As far as I know they’ve all been taken.”

The idea was part of a na­tional ini­tia­tive led by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Flower Ar­range­ment So­ci­eties (NAFAS).

Mrs Benn said an­other rea­son the Uxbridge so­ci­ety got in­volved was to en­cour­age new mem­bers, in­clud­ing

es­pe­cially younger them.

The so­ci­ety will cel­e­brate its 60th an­niver­sary next year and has nearly 70 mem­bers aged 40 to 80.

They meet on the sec­ond Thurs­day of ev­ery month at Ick­en­ham Vil­lage Hall, in Swakeleys Road, Ick­en­ham. Email crissiebenn@hot­mail. co.uk for more de­tails.

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