Friends of All Saints' Emberton 
Registered Charity no. 1145109 
The objectives of the Friends of All Saints’ (FOAS) is to work with All Saints’ Church, Emberton, Parochial Church Council to preserve and protect the fabric of the Church and Churchyard, and to raise funds to assist with improvements to make the building suitable for use by the community for a wide variety of activities. 
We appreciate your support and invite you to join the Friends.  
Annual subscriptions are due between 1st and 31st January each year and there are three levels of membership: 
• Single @ £15.00 per annum 
• Joint or Family @ £25.00 per annum 
• Patron £100 per annum 
Please contact any of the Committee, or follow this link to the STANDING ORDER FORM.  
Saturday 16th March 2024 at 2.30pm at All Saints 
A demonstration of KOKEDAMA by Kathy Brown of Stevington 
Kathy Brown is a well-known garden designer and owner of the Manor House garden in Stevington. Kathy will be giving a talk and planting demonstration on the theme of “Kokedama”, which is a contemporary form of Japanese garden art using moss to surround the plant’s root system. Kathy writes: 
"Although now known worldwide, the art of Kokedama originated in Japan where Bonsai is an ancient form of gardening. Here very small, incredibly old trees become totally root bound. By removing the pot, the Nearai style is created where the roots are so bound together that they hold their shape without need for a container. The contemporary method is to encase the plant roots in moss, strung together by twine. The moss ball plant then becomes known as a kokedama; koke means ‘moss’ and dama means ‘ball’. This modern artform is much freer and suits the modern interior apartment where access to outdoor garden space is usually non- existent. The plant choice is usually evergreen indoor house plants, and with the moss surround, the result is delightfully fresh and verdant. 
I first saw this technique in the extraordinary Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Australia, where, deep underground, in a gleaming white room, I witnessed a display of kokedamas, each plant beautifully lit, suspended in mid-air. The effect was spell binding. They were probably hung with a type of invisible fishing line. This was November 2012. Eight years later, I learnt how to make them and have been hooked ever since. In last year’s lockdown, I experimented with the idea of ‘outdoor’ moss balls and opened up a whole new chapter in my container gardening experience. Our winter and spring flowering bulbs were perfect and this outdoor version was very beautiful." 
The demonstration will start at 2.30 pm and will be followed by a delicious Afternoon Tea. There will be an opportunity to meet Kathy and ask her questions. There will be also a raffle. 
Tickets will be £10.00 per person. These are available from Sheila Watts (07703 279165) or Janet Gamlen (07847 828363). Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements. 
New date to be advised..... 
Northampton Male Voice Choir have agreed to visit us to give a concert in church.  
Wednesday 12th June 2024 at 7.00pm in Church 
Annual General Meeting 
Weekend of 5th-7th July 2024 
Art and Craft Exhibition 
To be confirmed. 
For more information about FOAS in general please contact  
Sheila Watts on 
Charity Committee: 
Rosemary Towers (Chairman) 
Alan Bretherton (Treasurer & Trustee) 
Sheila Watts (Secretary & Trustee) 
Margaret Phoenix (Trustee) 
Sue McIntosh (Membership Secretary) 
Janet Gamlen (PCC/FOAS link) 
Norman Gillam 
Contact: Sheila Watts (Secretary) 07703 279165 or Email 


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