2019 Flower Festival - A Celebration of Village Life
St Michael and All Angels Church in Uffington hosted a Flower Festival this Summer, from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June 2019. The event was opened by Bunny Guinness at a special preview on Thursday 27th June. Bunny is a Chelsea Flower Show award winning landscape architect and a panelist on BBC Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time.
With the help of Stamford Flower Club, the Church was filled with flower arrangements celebrating all aspects of village life: Weddings; Christenings; The Village Hall; The Cricket Club; Uffington Primary School; Four Seasons Of Farming and The Bertie Arms Pub.
The Church’s Casewick Chapel honoured the Church’s special relationship with the Village School. Children from Uffington Primary School created four large panel paintings depicting their favourite Bible stories, as told and re-enacted by Parishioners during their much loved weekly “Open The Book” sessions. The children also brang in posies from their gardens and local hedgerows, contributing to the display. Foliage and flowers from neighbours at nearby Casewick Hall provided the backdrop to highlight the stunning stained glass windows and stonework in the Chapel. Children who visit during the Flower Festival were invited to make a paper flower, create a floral collage or enjoy a little face-painting ode to Mother Nature.
The Flower Festival also featured the launch of a community archive project, ‘Uffington Growing Together’. Visitors had the opportunity to wear headphones in a quiet corner to listen to Uffington villagers sharing personal stories of flowers and plants that unlock specific memories.
An interactive Memory Tree in the main Church building, invited visitors to write the name of a departed loved one on a paper leaf and add their leaf to the tree. Additional floral contributions featured thanks to The Flower Club, The Book Club, Copthill School, The Allotments, The Walk and Talk Group, Uffington Scarecrow Festival and G Fest, the annual village festival.
Floral themed cakes, tea, coffee and elderflower cordials were served in the Church Cafe.
Entry to the Flower Festival was free with visitors invited to make a donation upon entry. The proceeds from the Flower Festival will go to Clic Sargent Children’s Cancer Charity and towards the upkeep of St Michael and All Angels Church. Sponsors of this year’s event may be seen here.
Enquiries: Janet Warburton, Event Organiser firstname.lastname@example.org
A selection of the flower displays seen over the weekend are below: