Hi, I’m Gavin and First Class Flowers is what I do.
My love of flowers was sparked by my Grandfather whom each year would grow the most wonderful Chrysanthemum blooms from cuttings nurtured in frames. Apart from the ones he enjoyed indoors he gave the vast majority to friends, neighbours, and family; he simply loved the joy he brought to people's lives.
From the age of 13, I worked on a fruit, veg and flower stall moving completely to floristry before changing careers. Following an illness and lengthy rehabilitation, I was recently medically retired but, whilst understanding my limitations, I felt I wanted to do something useful and of value to me and others.
As someone living in Horley, who’s commuted through the railway station for a number of years, I was aware of the large space in the ticket hall. Some of you will already know I enjoy the interaction with people, together with my love of flowers and fond memories of my ‘barrow boy’ days it was an easy decision to open a floristry business.
I’ve always kept my hand in but in order to provide what I wish for you and for my personal pride I chose to brush up on my skills at the same time gaining a formal qualification; my Granddad would be proud I suspect!
It was during this time that I realised just how happy working with flowers made me and I can point to the exact moment I realised I not only felt happy inside but also had a grin on my face as I created something of beauty.
I’ve said to a number of people that I really hope to bring a smile to your faces and a good feeling inside as you look at the show I prepare for you daily and also at special times in your lives and those you care about. Of course, I like it if you see something you wish to take away or order but it costs nothing to look and enjoy. And please come and say hello even if you are just passing through the station.
I look forward to meeting you and getting to know some of you I’ve already met a little better. I have always believed that no one person knows it all and I sincerely hope you will feel comfortable to offer, not only kind words but also honesty in your feedback.
My aim is to provide you with the best quality flowers at all times at a fair price... if you are ever unhappy or disappointed please let me know as soon as you can and give me the opportunity to understand and try to put things right.
I shall aim to keep the blog on this website updated with things I hope you will find of interest and do look out for the introduction of the loyalty scheme and other offers.