The Stratford Floral Art group celebrated 50 years last month, with members meeting for a luncheon at Shakee Pear Cafe to mark the occasion.

Exactly 50 years and one day after the first meeting was held, the current members listened to the minutes of that meeting being read out before the current president gave a report on the history of the group and some of the highlights through the years.

Two foundation members were present as well as some of the group's former presidents.

Gold themed flower arrangements marked the 50 year anniversary of the group.
Gold themed flower arrangements marked the 50 year anniversary of the group.

The honour of cutting the birthday cake went to patron Shirley Greenhill and current member Mary Read.

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Glenys Campbell was presented with life membership. Glenys has been a member for 25 years, 15 of which she has been in office as president or secretary. She has also served on the Taranaki area committee and the education committee, during which she served a term of two years as president of the Taranaki area committee.

All current club members created beautiful golden themed floral designs to mark the 50 years.