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Club History

The inaugural meeting of Disley & District Flower Club was held on 17th November 1960 with 19 people attending. The club was affiliated to Disley & Lyme Horticultural Society and the North West Floral Arrangement Society. In its first year there were 82 members, paying a fee of 1 guinea - £1-05. The meetings were held at Disley Conservative Club on a Tuesday.

In 1965 the Club moved to St Mary's Schoolrooms and meetings moved to Wednesdays. Club activities consisted of talks and practical classes. The Christmas show consisted of members' own work. Judging took the form of members voting by putting money in jam-jars. The Committee prepared the food.

During 1964 to 1968 the Club experienced a downturn in members and ran into difficulties. It was on the point of closure but the Committee managed to save the club by holding Coffee Mornings and a lot of publicity.

The late 60's turned this around, membership grew and it was possible to have paid Demonstrators at meetings.

In the 70's and 80's the Club matured, even being able to book National Demonstrators. Members progressed from flower arrangements for their own homes to decorating churches, halls, etc.

By the early 80's the increased membership outgrew St Mary's and the Club moved to High Lane Village Hall. In November 1995 this burnt down and for a period of time the club met in a variety of venues. After a lot of hard work in the Village, to which the Club contributed, and a significant contribution from the National Lottery, a new Village Hall was built and opened on New Year's Eve 1999.

The Club now has almost 100 members who are actively involved in shows, festivals and exhibitions taking place in Churches, stately homes, Cathedrals and other locations.