NAFAS in the Home Counties Some members may not be aware that part of the annual membership fee collected by your local Bedford Club is paid over as affiliation fees to the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS). This means that every member of the Bedford Club is a member of NAFAS too and is therefore entitled to attend Area and National events organised either directly by NAFAS or by the Area – Home Counties – that Bedford falls in.  The Home Counties Area covers 65 clubs, in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and some of Essex. Below is a diary of Area and National events that might be of interest to you. 2017 Home Counties Area Events
 Date  Description
Thursday 6th April Members Day  -The Spotlight (formerly Broxbourne Civic Centre) Hoddesdon  with lunch & National Demonstrator: Lucy Ellis
12th October National AGM at Bishops Gate Institute, London EC2 at 10.30am
Thursday 23rd  November Area AGM and Luncheon, The Spotlight, Hoddesdon – National Demonstrator Patricia Bashford
More information on Area events can be found on the Home Counties Area website  www.homecountiesnafas.org 2017 National Events
Date Description
Friday 5th May NAFAS Lonely Bouquet Day. Thousands of members in the 21 Areas of NAFAS in the UK will be leaving small bouquets of flowers in the streets as a random act of kindness to a stranger.
23rd – 27th May  Chelsea Flower Show
 18-25 June WAFA – The World Flower Show will be take place in Barbados and is titled 'Flowers in Paradise'
9th – 11th November   Festive Food and Flower Show, The Winter Gardens, Blackpool
More information on National events can be found on the main NAFAS website @ www.nafas.org.uk