Church Of England Flower Arrangers' Association

Derby Branch of CEFAA


Paschal candle on
Easter Day at
St John’s Church,

Derby branch of CEFAA is made up of 27 members from across Derbyshire. We have links with Nottinghamshire branch and hope to develop these in the future.

We meet 3 to 4 times a year at different churches in the Derby Diocese or go out for a social get together. This year’s AGM was held at St John’s, Newbold in April on a very wet Saturday. We welcomed National Chairperson, Averill Lovatt, to the AGM. Following the AGM business, Averill talked about her ‘6 Fs’ and how important they are to church flower arrangers:

• Fun
• Friendship
• Faith
• Food
• Flowers
• Fellowship

Averill shared pictures of arrangements she and her fellow arrangers have created at St Paul’s Cathedral. She went on to explain the challenges of arranging flowers in the cathedral, all greenery and flowers are transported on the underground.


All attending the meeting had the opportunity to look around the Easter flowers in church and chat about how we organise ourselves. At Newbold we are very lucky to have seven flower arrangers. Yes I did say seven enthusiastic people who like to share ideas and where to do the arrangements around church. Annette’s arrangement on the large wooden chest was admired, it represented the last supper, twelve carnations for the disciples and antirrhinums for Jesus.


Ada Fawthrop used her yellow vase which I believe has been used at a number of branch meetings when Ada has visited when she was the National Chairperson. She produced an Italian style arrangement. Everything she brought arrived in one bucket. The arrangement was raffled off with the winner given the bucket to transport it home. The end of the meeting was fun, food and friendship with a meal out at a local pub. Derby branch have a number of activities arranged for the next year including a visit to Thornbridge Hall gardens on 3rd July. We are welcoming back Gill Mills for our yearly workshop to be held on 26th October at St Oswald’s Ashbourne. Gill set us two challenges last year and gave constructive comments, this proved to be a great success. We are planning a Christmas meal at The Riverside Hotel, Ashford-in-the-Water. We would welcome new members to the group at any time.

Julie Franks
Chairperson, Derby Branch

You can view our latest annual report here