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DALSTON FLOWERS AND CRAFTS

A BRIEF HISTORY

DALSTON Flower Club, as it was originally known, began in 1996, the inaugural meeting being on 16th January 1996, chaired by Joyce Stainton. After 16 years at the helm, Joyce stepped down and the baton was handed to Pam Coke.

So that makes this year, 2016, our 20th Birthday.

Unfortunately, as is happening in many Flower Clubs, the number of members started to fall, so the decision was made to rebrand ourselves as "Dalston Flowers and Crafts" in October 2012. We hoped this would open doors to other interests apart from flower arranging and it has proved successful in evidence that our membership has increased once more. We like to think we are a lively Club, having taken part in village shows and attaining "firsts" in Festival Float competitions.

During Dalston Festival Week several of our ladies get together and decorate St Michael's Church with flowers sponsored by villagers - an article is published in the Parish Paper asking if anyone would like to sponsor flowers in memory of, in celebration of an event, or simply that they like flowers.

Christmastime is particularly enjoyable when St Michael's is once again the venue for participation. Christmas trees are decorated and stay in church throughout the festive period, this last year other village organisations joined us , including children from the local school, and decorated their own trees, a truly spectacular sight greeted everyone who used the Church, from the Christingle service to two christenings. I think "magical" was a word frequently used.

This year, being our Birthday year, fellow flower arrangers have been invited to join with us and create a Flower Festival for everyone to enjoy.

Pam Coke - Chairman


 
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