Sing­ing florist hits right note with flower club

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

FLOWER en­thu­si­asts at Prest­bury Flower Club were en­ter­tained by demon­stra­tor Jane Pugh and her demon­stra­tion, ‘Dance the night away’.

Jane is a florist in Bishop’s Cas­tle, south of Shrews­bury, and shares her pas­sion for flow­ers with that of sing­ing.

Les­ley Stafford, the club’s pro­gramme secretary, praised Jane’s abil­ity to do ac­com­plish sev­eral tasks at once.

She said: “While demon­strat­ing Jane played mu­sic to ac­com­pany her songs, which is mul­ti­task­ing in­deed!

“Her flow­ers were lovely and she gave her au­di­ence stun­ning green, white, yel­low, red and pink ar­range­ments.

“Her fi­nale to ‘sing­ing the blues’ was a lovely, large, blue ar­range­ment.”

Ladies at the club heard how the sing­ing florist en­ters Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Flo­ral Artists shows and com­pe­ti­tions and be­longs to the West Mer­cia clubs area.

Af­ter be­ing nar­rowly beaten in com­pe­ti­tion for a spon­sored trip to the next World As­so­ci­a­tion Show, Jane vowed she would en­ter any­way.

Les­ley said: “She then had a shock when she had to pay a fee of £160 to en­ter her cho­sen class, in ad­di­tion to the air­fare to and ac­com­mo­da­tion in the des­ti­na­tion for the show, Bar­ba­dos!

“Now she has paid the de­posit she can pay by in­stal­ments and said maybe when she had paid the last one the ac­tual trip would feel free!

“She in­tended to go to a fa­mous Ba­jan bar and try all their cock­tails, but at six an evening she might fail to re­mem­ber the show!”

The flower club also had a petite com­pe­ti­tion, with a limit of nine inches only, en­ti­tled ‘gar­den snip­pets’.

Pres­i­dent Lu­ci­enne Ni­chol was said to be ‘de­lighted’ with the 10 en­tries, which demon­stra­tor Jane agreed to judge. Jackie Burns was de­clared the win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion with an ar­range­ment praised by Les­ley as ‘very pretty’.

The next demon­stra­tion will be held at Prest­bury vil­lage hall on Wed­nes­day, July 6 with David Mason.

The demon­stra­tion will be ti­tled ‘Yes­ter­day, to­day and to­mor­row’ and starts at 1.45pm. Vis­i­tors are welcome. The en­trance fee is £5.

●● Vis­it­ing demon­stra­tor Jane Pugh (left) with one of her ar­range­ments and Prest­bury Flower Club ‘gar­den snip­pets’ win­ner Jackie Burns

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