Marie Bradley became an Area Demonstrator for the North Midlands Area of NAFAS in 2017.
Retiring from a career in the NHS, Marie embarked upon a professional floristry qualification. She qualified in Level 3 floristry in 2006. Since then she has worked as a freelance florist. Her membership in the contemporary flower group Future Concepts has enabled her to continue to develop her floristry skills.
Marie gained teaching qualifications under the NHS umbrella – a Certificate in Further Education in 1988 and a Diploma in Adult Education in 1992. It was a natural progression to wish to demonstrate her floral art and become a NAFAS Area Demonstrator.
I am a qualified florist and have been part of the industry since 1987.
My passion for flowers has enabled me to explore different aspects of the trade from working in a Garden Centre, a high street Inter-flora Florist and then onto employment as a florist wholesaler. Throughout this journey I’ve accumulated a wealth of knowledge but what I find really appealing about working with flowers is the vast opportunity to always be able to learn more.
I gained teaching qualifications and have been a lecturer in FE teaching floristry qualifications for the past 16 years. Passing my skills and passion for flowers on to students keen to learn has been a great pleasure.
My most recent achievement was becoming an ‘Area Demonstrator’ for NAFAS in 2014 and I’m now enjoying the experiences which this brings.
Our Demonstrators 2019
Jenni is currently Chairman of Skegness Flower Lovers Club. She is a member of the N. Midlands Teachers Association and regularly teaches flower arranging leisure classes, both for beginners and at intermediate level. Themed day workshops are also available. Jenni has qualifications in RHS Horticulture Levels 1 and 2, and has been involved with plants and flowers from a young age. She has a passion for exotic and unusual plants and gives talks to various Flower Clubs, WIs and Gardening Clubs, showing many examples of her vast collection.
September 4th - Demonstration by Jenni Kirkby "All in the Name"
North Midlands NAFAS Teacher
My interests are varied, I’m lucky to have five grandchildren who keep us happy and busy, they have a dog each, and we have our Great Dane Bonnie (who loves to squeeze in the car when we are demonstrating), so as you can imagine it can be quite hectic!!! I enjoy walking our local forest trails, shopping and browsing for bargains and attending as many different types of courses as possible, it doesn’t matter what!!
I became a demonstrator in 2012 and still absolutely love it; we’ve met lots of lovely people and visited towns we had never heard of.
Each participant will need to bring;
· 8 flowers - 2 different types that are single blooms e.g. Gerbera, Roses or Carnations + Filler foliage
· A whole block of Oasis & a dish ( both may be purchased for £1.00 on the night)
· Foliage to cover the Oasis block - e.g. Laurel or Rhododendron leaves OR twigs
· Florist’s staples/mossing pins or wire to attach foliage/twigs
· Decorative pins if desired
October 2nd - Demonstration by Penny Vincent "It's all booty"
July 3rd - Demonstration by Christine Hinchcliffe NAFAS Area Demonstrator
"Colour My World"
May 1st - Workshop - "A Modern Structure"
November 6th - Demonstration by Jean Fordham "It's nearly Christmas"
NAFAS North Area Demonstrator
February 6th - AGM + Steven Routledge, Floral Media, Caunton
Lynda had her own business as a florist in Market Harborough. She now concentrates on floral design and has been a Gold Medal Winner at Chelsea.
Based in Leeds. Christine qualified as an Area Demonstrator in the North Midlands Area in 2012 and has here worked ever since. She is a member of Barwick in Elmet, Headingley and New Dimensions Flower Clubs. An enthusiastic floral artist, Christine offers a great variety of designs from traditional through to modern and contemporary styles. Conscious of current trends she tries to share her love of plant material, flowers, colour and art with their enthusiasm for modern design techniques.
March 6th - Demonstration by Rebecca Newell, proprietor of Flowers by Rebecca
August 7th - Demonstration by Lynda Stamp "Chasing Rainbows"
South Midlands NAFAS Area Demonstrator
June 5th - Demonstration by Alison Suffolk NAFAS Area Demonstrator
"You Never Know"
April 3rd - Demonstration by Marie Bradley, NAFAS Area Demonstrator
"Addicted to Strictly"