The names of the demonstrators are followed by an N or A, showing whether they are National or Area Demonstrators.  Area Demonstrators names are annotated with the year they passed the test.


Linda Brayne (A2014)

Post Code BN3
Afternoons only

Linda lives in Hove and is proud to be an Area demonstrator. Her interests other than flowers are painting, gardening, pottery, clay shooting and fly fishing. Her aim as a demonstrator is simply to inspire and continue in this pursuit for as long as possible as she is now cancer free. She aims to give members an entertaining, informative, relaxed demonstration.

Claire Bryant

Barbara Caldecourt (A2015)

Post Code: RH20

Barbara is a National Teacher, Area Demonstrator and Member of New Visions. After training florists and teaching floral leisure courses for the last 25 years, Barbara is keen to continue enjoying flowers with like-minded folk.
Other interests are gardening, dog walking, church flowers, spending time with family including flying in light aircraft (as a passenger!) and more recently learning machine embroidery.

Gaenor Circus (A2014)

Post Code: RH20

Gaenor started flower arranging in 2010 and subsequently qualified as a florist. A keen competitor and Chelsea Gold medallist, she is also an Area Judge.

Dr Christina Curtis (N)

Post Code: RH5

Dr. Christina Curtis is a member of Warnham Evening Flower Club. She is a qualified National Demonstrator (2002) and Adjudicator for Demonstrators' Tests. She served 3 years on the National Demonstrators Committee. Christina demonstrated at the NAFAS AGM in Plymouth in 2010. Her titles are varied and she loves all styles of floral art. Her work incorporates all sorts of materials and Contemporary techniques including manipulation. Christina enjoys running and attending floral art workshops, collecting interesting plants, gardening, botanical research and crafts.

Sue Flight (N)

Post Code: TN22

Sue has been a demonstrator for a number of years at Area and National level. This has been very enjoyable but with the continuing nightmare of the road network coupled with a recent move further away from main motorways her plan is to stay more local for demonstrating and is happy to demonistrate to smaller clubs.

Jilly Griffin

Jilly Griffin (A2013)

Post Code: SW1P

Jilly’s dems are fast flowing and fun, with titles like Off the Wall and Whatever Next! Contemporary designs dominate with not a triangle in sight. Yet, if you’d like triangles, you only have to ask. Jilly’s been demonstrating in front of a live audience for over a decade and she’s happy to run virtual dems too.

Gill Homer (A2011)

Post Code: PO21

Gill studied floristry in the late 1980s at Chichester College and then a further 3 years at Brinsbury College at Pulborough, gaining her City and Guilds in Flower Arrangement. She started demonstrating to non-NAFAS affiliated clubs from the early 1980s. She has had her own floristry business since 2004 and qualified as a NAFAS Area demonstrator in 2011. She has gained medals at the Chelsea Flower Show and has been placed at the Nationals and Area shows.

Michelle King (A2018)

Post Code: RH13

A Local Area Demonstrator, Michelle is a member of Warnham Flower Club as well as her local church & Parham House flower arranging teams. Michelle is happy to give online demonstrations for those Clubs that have their own Zoom account. Walking, gardening, reading and cookery are amongst her many interests but it’s flowers that really make her smile.

Stephen McDonnell-Daly (A2008)

Post Code: BN2

Steven enjoys competition work and has been successful at many shows including the Chelsea Flower Show, winning many gold medals and twice Best in Show. He has twice represented the Sussex Area at the Designer of the Year competition.
His demonstrations have him taken to many destinations including, USA, Spain, Barbados and Ireland.

Jan Mason (A2015)

Post Code: BN17

After leaving her flying years with BOAC(!!), Jan retrained as a florist and opened a studio specialising in weddings and organising wedding fairs for 20 years. On retirement, she missed working with flowers, so joined East Preston flower club in 2015 and consequently trained as an Area Demonstrator. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, painting, her 2 lovely dogs and working for the charity Canine Partners.
(No bookings in 2024)

Angela Merryfield (A1997)
Emergencies Only:

Post Code: RH10

In the late seventies, Angela and Steve moved to Sussex and shortly after a friend said. “How do you fancy coming to Flower Club with me?” The rest is history and Angela became more and more involved in the art of floral design. She has since become a National Teacher, Area Judge and Area Demonstrator.

Jean Plaskett (A1991)
Emergencies Only: 01403 255690

Post Code: RH13

Jean is happy to help clubs in an emergency. As well as being an Area Demonstrator, she is also a Sussex Area NAFAS National Associate of Honour, past Area Chairman, past NAFAS International Affiliates Officer and member of Warnham Flower Club.

Susan Tausig (A2009)

Post Code: CR0

Sue is an accomplished demonstrator with many years experience. She has a love and enthusiasm for all things floral and enjoys sharing this with club members both in a live demonstration and virtually. Her titles are fun and informative and sometimes interactive such as in her dem entitled “interactive rainbow”

Nina Tucknott (A2018)

Post Code: BN3

Nina is an Area Demonstrator as well as a NAFAS Tutor and she also teaches at Adult Education colleges as well as running workshops at other venues throughout Sussex.

Nina has been a freelance writer since the 1990s, the last nine with various floral magazines, including the much missed Belgian Fleur Creatif. Nina was very excited to become the new Editor of Flora magazine in September 2023 and is continuing to bring floral news, trends and tutorials to a worldwide audience.

Her hobbies include photography, gardening and looking after five adorable grandchildren.

Jennifer Thompson (A2016)

GU12 5PP

Master Florist and Level 4 NAFAS Flower Arranging

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