FLOWERS AND CRAFTS
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.
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.
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.
year, being our Birthday year, fellow flower arrangers have
been invited to join with us and create a Flower Festival
for everyone to enjoy.
Coke - Chairman