Demonstrators

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)
lindabrayne@aol.com

Post Code BN3

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.

Barbara Caldecourt (A2015)
bcaldecourt@gmail.com

Post Code: RH20

Having always been interested in flower arranging and floral design, Barbara decided to retrain as a florist, before becoming a floristry and floral design teacher at Merrist Wood in Guildford (where she still works part time).

As a longstanding club member, becoming an Area Demonstrator soon followed. She enjoys gardening, spending time with her family (including flying with her husband in light aircraft) as well as reading and being a member of New Visions.

Elsie Chaplin (A1991)
a.chaplin700@gmail.com

Post Code: RH13

Gaenor Circus (A2014)
gaenor.circus1@gmail.com or gaenor.circus@virgin.net

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 and Demonstrators’ Representative.

Dr Christina Curtis (N)
r.curtis@sky.com

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)
sueflight54@gmail.com

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.

Jilly Griffin

Jilly Griffin (A2013)
jillygdesigns@gmail.com

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.

Maggie Hayes (A2018)
rephayes@aol.com

Post Code: TN21

Maggie is a Sussex Area Demonstrator and Judge, a member of New Visions and Horam & Heathfield flower clubs. She enjoys gardening, beekeeping, walking and training her dogs.

Gill Homer (A2011)
gillhomer01@gmail.com or homegills0flowers@talktalk.net

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)
msking5@btinternet.com

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.

Lucinda Knapman (A2011)
01903 787096

Post Code: RH16

Lucinda has been a professional florist for 35 years. She also has a degree in fine art. She has been a finalist in the Chelsea Florist of the year competition twice as well as a finalist in the Inter-flora Florist of the year.
She loves beautiful flowers and colour. Her style of flower arranging is designed to be accessible to all with tips on care and conditioning of flowers as much as style.

Stephanie Laing (A1994)
steffielaing7@sky.com

Post Code: PE16

Steffie is a member of East Grinstead Flower Club and the City of Ely Flower Club (East of England Area) as well as a member of Ely Cathedral Flower Guild. Her flower arranging passion started over 40 years ago when she moved from London and decided to take up a new hobby. Little did she know then, what pleasures, adventures and friendships this would lead to: she was encouraged to further her knowledge of flower arranging through classes, workshops, festivals and competitions. After achieving her City and Guilds in Floral Art and Design, she then became an Area demonstrator, then an Area Judge and recently an Area Teacher. What started as a hobby became her passion and her journey has taken her throughout the UK and abroad.

Stephen McDonnell (A2008)
smcdonnell39@hotmail.co.uk

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)
jmason5da@gmail.com

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.

Angela Merryfield (A1997)
angela391@btinternet.com

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.

Christina Payne (A2014)
christinapayne1000@gmail.com

Post Code: PO21

Christina is an Area Demonstrator and has been arranging flowers for 12 years. She qualified as a demonstrator in 2014. She has demonstrated at Hampton Court Palace, RHS Wisley Flower Show and arranged flowers at Westminster Abbey. She 'talks for England" according to her husband and loves being on stage. Christina moved to the Sussex Area in 2019 and now lives by the sea where she loves to walk and get inspired by nature. She has been known to come home with "interesting" items from the beach to incorporate into flower arrangements!!!

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)
suetausig@aol.com

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)
ninatucknott@gmail.com

Post Code: BN3

Nina is an Area Demonstrator who is also offering live stream virtual demonstrations which are followed by Zoom Q&A sessions. Nina is Chair of New Visions and also Editor of the BFA trade magazine as well as being the UK Editorial Adviser for Fleur Créatif. She is a keen photographer.

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