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A blossoming partnership between Coombe Abbey and the NAFAS

L-R: Lyn Perrie (South Midlands Area of NAFAS member), Ellie Meaking, chairman of the South Midlands area of NAFAS, Nicola Felton, Coombe Abbey Hotel sales manager, and Simone Squire (South Midlands Area of NAFAS member)

An organisation that has promoted a love of flowers for more than five decades will make sure a Warwickshire manor house is in full bloom.

A blossoming partnership is being forged between Coombe Abbey Hotel and the South Midlands Area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) as they plan special celebrations.

This year is the emerald anniversary of the branch and the Brinklow-based venue will host a get together to commemorate the last 55 years.

Star of The Big Allotment Challenge and former chairman of the National Demonstrators Committee for NAFAS, Jonathan Moseley, will be the special guest at the event, which will be taking place on Friday, July 21.

The South Midlands Area of NAFAS was founded back in 1962 after the Midlands was divided into the north and south.

Covering the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, it currently represents 49 groups, including Coventry Flower Club, Kenilworth Flower Club, Nuneaton Flower Guild, The Solihull Flower Club and many more.

They promote floral art through demonstrations, talks, workshops, competitions and flower festivals.

Members of all the groups have been invited to enjoy all the festivities that will be on offer during the day.

Ellie Meaking, chairman of the South Midlands Area of NAFAS, said she was thrilled that Coombe Abbey would be hosting the event and helping everyone look to the future.

“Coombe Abbey is the perfect venue for all of our members to celebrate our anniversary,” she said.

“As a venue it offers everything that we need from a central location to lovely, spacious surroundings.

“Among our achievements over the last 55 years, we have staged flower festivals in the Cathedrals of Birmingham, Coventry and Lichfield, as well as in some of the lovely National Trust properties and stately homes in our area.

“Teams of our members have also been honoured to represent NAFAS at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1978 and 2001 where they gained silver and gold medals.

“Many of our members have achieved individual success over the past years and we cannot wait to commemorate all of these achievements at Coombe Abbey and look forward to a future of more fun and friendship through flowers.”

Coombe Abbey Hotel sales manager, Nicola Felton, added: “Like Coombe Abbey, the South Midlands Area of NAFAS has a wonderful history and we are so pleased to be helping the group celebrate their anniversary.

“It is always an honour for everyone at the hotel when organisations choose us to host special events.

“This will definitely be a wonderful occasion and we hope that the South Midlands Area of NAFAS have many more fantastic years showcasing flower arranging.”