Floral Art Group still blooming 40 years on

Mary Knox (left), outgoing Chairman of Ballymena Floral Art Group, hands  over the Chairman's badge to new Chairman, Ross McGookin. (Submitted Picture).

Mary Knox (left), outgoing Chairman of Ballymena Floral Art Group, hands over the Chairman's badge to new Chairman, Ross McGookin. (Submitted Picture).

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As Ballymena Floral Art Group celebrates 40 years of growth, its new chair is keen to spread awareness of the benefits of membership.

You don’t have to be experienced in floral art to join, you simply need to have an interest and Chairperson Ross McGookin would welcome anyone who might be interested in joining to go along to the Group’s first monthly meeting of the new season on Monday, September 21.

Ballymena Floral Art Club is celebrating 40 years. (Submitted Picture).

Ballymena Floral Art Club is celebrating 40 years. (Submitted Picture).

It will get underway at 7.30pm in Michelin Athletic Club where Victoria Robertson will be demonstrating her interpretation of ‘Forward Thinking’.

Ross has obtained many qualifications and accolades in the field of floral art and is a qualified speaker, demonstrator, judge and teacher.

Although she is very aware of the tendency to associate floral art solely with women, she is keen to point out that men are being encouraged to join the Group and benefit from friendship, fun and shared floral know-how.

Ross pointed out that accomplished demonstrators James Burnside and Alan Beatty, along with Barbara Megarry, will be entertaining those who attend the Group’s annual Charity Night, ‘Let’s Celebrate’, on November 18, in Tullyglass House Hotel.

The event, which is open to all, will feature trade stands from 6.45pm with demonstrations starting at 7.30pm. There will be the chance to win one of the fab arrangements which will be raffled to raise funds for the Group’s chosen charity, The Hope Centre’. Tickets can be obtained by phoning 25861550 or 07761217072.