There are lots of exciting changes happening at PAB, one of which is introducing different activities for our service user to take part in. Over the coming months we will be trialing some of these at our regular coffee mornings held every 2nd Wednesday. If you have your own ideas, we would love to hear them so please get in touch.

On Wednesday 26th August we invited florists Steve Lovelace and David Portia to our coffee morning to give a demonstration on flower arranging and to see if people would be interested in making their own floral arrangements in the future. After being introduced by Vice Chair Norma Wildman, David produced a large number of wonderful multicoloured and scented flowers and asked people if he should do an arrangement or a posy. With the table in the centre and service users surrounding, David and Norma started narrating the process of creating the arrangement, from cutting the oasis to selecting the right flowers. They described each flower, it’s colour and shape and where it was being placed, which created a lot of laughter. Everyone got involved with plenty of questions for David to answer. The whole creation took about 30 minutes and was lots of fun. Click here to see some images in our galley page.

David went around the group talking about his creations and how our service users could easily make their own arrangements, while Norma made sure everyone had an opportunity to touch or smell the flowers. We had so many comments and compliments from those who attended to say how much they enjoyed the session and so we will definitely be looking to provide a hands on flower arranging experience in the future.

David then kindly donated the arrangement for our raffle which helped raise an extra £40 for the PAB and was won by Margaret. A big thank you to Steve for so generously donating the flowers and to David for giving up his time to show us how to arrange them.

Lovelace Flowers is based in Peterborough City Market and specialise in Wedding and gift bouquets, funeral tributes and basket arrangements. They also have all your traditional bunches of flowers and pride themselves in being able to get any flowers that the customer is looking for. To find out more please call Steve on 01205 760 602 or 07971 867 005 or call in to see them at Peterborough City Market, Northminster, Peterborough, PE1 1AY (open from Tuesday – Saturday between 8:30am and 4:00pm).

If you have an idea for a good activity that you would like us to include in the coffee morning, or as a separate activity, please get in touch with your ideas