Flower club’s anniversary

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A GROUP of flower arrangers is celebrating 40 years of blooming great success.

Thornhill Flower Club celebrated the milestone with an afternoon tea for its members in Skelmanthorpe.

The group was founded in Thornhill in 1971 and put a call out for budding flower arrangers through an advert in the Reporter.

Current president Joyce Hemingway joined when the club was in its infancy.

She said: “I always liked flowers, and the first time I went to Wakefield Flower Show, I thought, ‘I would like to do that’.”

Mrs Hemingway, of Netherton, Wakefield, now specialises in miniature arrangements, some as small as four inches tall.

Thornhill Flower Club now has around 35 members who meet once a month at Thornhill Social Club in Overthorpe Road.

Chair Sue Wrigley, of Middlestown, Wakefield, joined up when she moved into the area.

She said: “I moved to Yorkshire and I wanted to make new friends and I wanted to be able to do something will all of the wonderful flowers in my garden.”

Mrs Wrigley has since become a professional flower arranger, who teaches people across the area.

At the club’s monthly meetings, flower arranging demonstrations are given and green-fingered guests can buy supplies from the sales table.

Mrs Wrigley said; “People can come along and they don’t have to do any flower arranging.

“They can come along and enjoy the flower arranging, and enjoy the art.”

Thornhill Flower Club often has members who arrange displays at flower festivals across Yorkshire, and has several prize-winning members.

Members come from Wakefield and Huddersfield, as well as Dewsbury for the club’s meetings.

Mrs Wrigley said: “You can learn to flower arrange and have a go, or come along and make friends.”