Gloucester Floral Art Club

Meets: 3rd Thursday of the month, 9.30am

Venue: Golf Club

Contact: Effie Crawley (02)6558 1374


April 2015

Winner of the NSWFAA sponsored Most Innovative Design at Gloucester Show. Class title ” Native Expression” – Effie Crawley

Effie-Gloucester Show


April 2015

Gloucester A.H. & P.Assoc. held their show on the 20th & 21st March 2015

Anne Deveridge from South West Rocks judged the Floral Art Section also the Junior Section.    All sections had a very high standard of entries.


Congratulations were extended to Margaret and Colin Higgins on their 50th Wedding Anniversary, a very special design was presented to Margaret.


Open Section

Woven in the Breath of Autumn: 2nd Jessie Burley, 1st Effie Crawley ;  the colours of Autumn expressed throughout the designs

Native Expression :  2nd Carole Rinkin,  1st  Effie Crawley; proteas kangaroo paws all striking in their glory

Give it a Go: 2nd Shirley Hazell   1St Ann  Mullen;  this was a great title so many different designs



Basket of Delights                        1st Shirley Hazell

All I have in the Garden           1st Shirley Hazell


Junior Section  “Corn Cob Family”  Georgia Hughes


Champion Design won by  Ann Mullen –  Congratulations Ann

Most Innovative Design won by  Effie Crawley


November 2014

Gloucester FA Group meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month at present at the Golf Club

The Anglican Church invited our group to do designs in the church for the fete which are then sold much to the delight of the visitors. The Church pay for the flowers and the group give our time free, which turns out to be a most enjoyable day this was most appreciated by the Church. The church did look splendid.
We also made 9 bouquets for the Anglican Debutante Ball – these looked very sweet

Members made bouquets buttonholes etc table decorations and pedestals for a wedding held in Soldiers Auditorium.
We attended George Hoad’s property at Killabakh, as representatives of NSWFAA where we staged designs with other members this was a fine display and complemented Georges garden so much .
A number of our members attended weekends at Mondrook, Oberon and Inverell  – most appreciative of these times of learning and friendship

Congratulations to Carole Rinkin on her winning the championship design at Inverell  – our members are thrilled with her achievement

Margaret Higgins, Kim Baillie and Effie Crawley attended the Garden Clubs Australia awards day where Doreen Winkley received her award – it was a most enjoyable day


August 2014

Congratulations are extended to Mrs Effie Crawley of the Gloucester Floral Art Group on being awarded the Ann Williams Clark Medallion. This award was established in 1998 by the Garden Clubs of Australia Federal Committee and is given for ‘long and outstanding service by a member to his/her affiliated club’.
Effie was presented with the award by NSW Floral Art Association President, Mrs Mary Sweeney OAM, following the Association’s AGM in Oberon on 29 August with assembled members and guests present.

Effie is a founding member of the Gloucester Floral Art Group, a qualified Floral Art judge and demonstrator and has been instrumental in organising floral designs and designers for displays, festivals, shows and fundraisers in the local community as well as Hunter Valley Gardens and the Manning Winter Festival. Just in the past 12 months she has travelled to Inverell, Kempsey, Newcastle, Wauchope, Stroud, Gresford, Dungog and Quirindi to judge competitions in floral art.

This is the only the second time the award has been presented to a member of the NSW Floral Art Association. Congratulations Effie and the Gloucester Floral Art Group.

NSWFAA President Mary Sweeney OAM presents Effie Crawley of Gloucester Floral Art with her award


April 2014

Gloucester A.H. & P Assoc. held their 100th Centenary Show 4th & 5th April 2014.

Mary Sweeney judged the Floral Art Section including the childrens designs, all sections had a very high standard of entries.

Restricted Classes included “Down Memory Lane” a traditional design. Champion was awarded to Lorraine Ratcliffe with her massed crescent in a lovely silver candlestick holder, another design included proteas, banksias in a old camp oven which the early settlers used to cook in over the fire.

Jill Carson’s design in Woodland Wonder, very creative using different mosses, fungi, unusual sticks, Dianne Shanley’s entry was driftwood, banksias, fern.

Open Section classes included Pretty Enough to Eat designs – Carole Rinkin, Effie Crawley and Christine Bolton created cakes, an ice-cream by Jessie Burley , an old willow design teapot, sugar bowl with blue and white flowers arranged by Jill Carson were some of the ideas used for this class

Traditional Design Class designs including a cascade, massed crescent as well as the asymmetrical and symmetrical ones – Ann Mullen received a Highly Commended for her entry in this class

A special class to celebrate the Centenary, “Celebrating the Show” was very striking – Effie Crawley was awarded Champion with her plaited flax to look like a bridle hung on a old fence post. Carole Rinkin’s design was a horse collar with proteas and natives, the fireworks were brought to light with Jessie Burley’s design.

To add to the atmosphere of the Centenary a display depicting designs from the early days through to now brought many compliments, even some members of the first Floral Art Group including Helen Ellis, Denise Doyle and Marion Summerville created lovely designs.  To complement this display old Champion ribbons won over many years by Margaret Higgins were hung around the wall