Melksham and District Floral Arrangement Society A packed Assembly Hall welcomed TV’s newest celebrity, international floral designer Johnathan Mosley with his demonstration Focal Point.

Already extremely well known in ‘flower circles’ Jonathan has been one of the judges on the recent TV series The Great British Allotment Challenge during which he has been judging the floral displays produced by the contestants.

Chairman Rosalyn Clarke welcomed the mayor of Melksham Terri Welch, Pat Alford, area president and Mary Keily area chairman of SW Area of NAFAS as well as members, friends and supporters from other flower clubs in the area. The charity the club are supporting this year is Wiltshire Young Carers and a number of stalls including an excellent plant stall, encouraged everyone to support this good cause. Sainsbury’s sponsored the event with wine and glasses, which was really appreciated.

Jonathan Mosley comes from Derbyshire and annually designs the summer flower festival at Chatsworth House and also Christmas decorations there. He travels throughout the country taking his own particular skills of design – but his first love is horticulture which he trained in as a young man. Floristry and flower arranging developed from this and after owning his own flower shops he now free-lances for various wholesale suppliers and other engagements. Jonathan’s easy style makes the most complicated arrangement look simple.

He used a selection of wonderful seasonal flowers and soon the staged was amass with his creations. His amusing repartee and knowledge held the audience with rapt attention. Everyone wanted to win one of his creations in the raffle.

The vote of thanks was given by Melksham president Ann Burgess and the chairman thanked everyone who had contributed to such a fantastic evening.