It is always good to welcome a large number of our members to the AGM. 2019 was another successful and varied year for the Society . The demonstrations had been inspirational and enjoyable and there had been a challenging workshop run by Gill McGregor. We had an interesting and enjoyable visit to the NAFAS Diamond Show in August. A members evening when the theme ‘recycling and no floral foam’ saw a wide variety of mechanics and containers used which resulted in many beautiful arrangements. We also asked members to complete a questionnaire which gave us their ideas and comments on how to take the society forward. Everyone was thanked for their hard work and help during the year – members for their contributions, volunteers and committee members.
We were delighted that we were able to present a cheque for £1096 to Bedford Hospital Charity (Primrose Car Scheme) which we had raised in memory of Ann Gray. The Primrose Cars make over 1000 patient journeys each year transporting patients from the Bedford area to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge for their radiotherapy treatment. We were pleased that Ann’s son, Peter, was able to join us for the presentation.
After the business part of the evening we welcomed Claire Pick from Bedford Borough Council who spoke to us about the beautiful flower planting along Bedford Embankment and other public areas in the Borough. We did not envy the gardeners planting 43000 tulip bulbs in just a few days!
We look forward to 2020, our Diamond Anniversary year, which starts on March 3rd with Doug Howard presenting ‘Brilliantissimum’ and includes two open Evenings and a celebratory Dinner.