Northern Group AGM and Early Show

3 March 2012 dawned, murky, rainy and grey but by lunchtime the sun was shining and people arriving at the hall in Pilley with flowers, moss, and all the stuff you need to stage your flowers. It’s a bit like coming out of hibernation after a winter swathed in woolies. Members held a minutes silence to remember Arthur Robinson who had passed away this winter at the age of 91. He was synonymous with The Ancient Society of York Florists and was still taking part as short a time ago as last December. After a short AGM we enjoyed an absolutely practical and amusing talk from Tony James on the subject of successful flower photography. I think it could be summed up with Tony’s final sentence. Before you take the picture don’t just use your camera, use your head as well. It also proved what I’ve always believed, no-one reads the manuals.






Some of the attendees at the AGM                                    Tony James talking on photography

After a break for tea and cakes we reviewed the show and applauded the best bloom and exhibits of Christine Yeardley. She told me that today, Sunday, she would have her begonia hat on. It’s so heartening that she’s carrying on with Ian’s passion. I commented that she’d had the best teacher and she agreed.


Richard Smales judging the flowers – the three cyclamineus and three miniature classes

Anne and Trevor Myers with Treasurer Anne Smales and President Wendy Akers

Two Northern raisers left- Alec Harper(‘Churchfield Bells’ etc) and Chairman Rae Beckwith (‘Scarborough’ etc)