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Student blooms on course

July 17, 2014

A retired lecturer who came to West Cheshire College to study a part-time course in flower arranging has proved that it’s never too late to develop a new skill.

Ann Jackson, 65, from Frodsham, who started the part-time course in September 2013, said: “Before I retired I used to be a lecturer in food and nutrition at Liverpool John Moores University. I had never done flower arranging before but I was really interested in doing something creative.

“My confidence has really grown through the course and I’ve learnt so much from doing it.

“I now design and construct different flower arrangements for family and friends and I’ve teamed up with a coursemate to create a number of arrangements for women’s volunteer service, The Inner Wheel’s functions.

“Recently we did the flower arrangements for their Chartered Dinner and had a large flower arrangement on the top table and smaller designs on six tables. It was wonderful to use my new hobby at such an exciting event.”

Lisa Gibbon, Flower Arranging Tutor at West Cheshire College, said: “Ann is a fantastic student as she likes to challenge herself. After watching a demonstration in class she will then research it in her own time and produce a design with her own twist.

“Ann shows enthusiasm in each session, she loves new ideas and has a great interest in flower arranging.”

For more information about part-time courses at West Cheshire College, call the College hotline on 01244 656555 or visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk.

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