The opening meeting of the winter session of Bute Flower Club, held in the Pavilion Cafe on Monday, September 22, saw a good attendance of old and new members.
Chair, Mrs Margaret Rose Lyle, began by paying a warm tribute to the Club Secretary, Madge Renfrew, who died very suddenly in June.
She then spoke about the Bute Club’s contribution to the Flower Festival held in Glasgow Cathedral to mark the start of the Commonwealth Games. The club - thanks to the generosity of the For Bute thrift shop in Victoria Street - had been able to stage an impressive display in its allotted area of the Cathedral. Many people felt that the two day show was too short but luckily the flowers were not wasted. This was thanks to Mark Crawford who made arrangements which he then took to Strathcarron Hospice. Mrs Lyle read out to the company a most appreciative letter of thanks from the Hospice.
The Chair then introduced the demonstrator for the evening - Isobel Cooper from Dunfermline. Isobel - as she herself said - is more accustomed to judging than to demonstrating, but her theme ‘Floral Medley’ allowed her to show that she has lost none of her talent for arranging flowers.
Isobel stressed the importance of using imagination in floral art and her interpretation of ‘Cathedrals under the Sea’ was a memorable example of her skill.
In his vote of thanks Mark Crawford amusingly turned the tables on Isobel by giving her a ’crit’ on her performance which saw her awarded the accolade ‘Best in Show’.
The evening concluded with the usual cup of tea and the raffle.
* The next meeting of the club will be on Monday, October 25, when Enid Reid of Glasgow makes a welcome return visit.