St Mary’s Flower Festival 

Img2629-Flower-Festival-sept-2“When the Saints go marching in”
St Mary’s Church SW Flower Festival

This will take place over the August bank holiday weekend (23 – 26 Aug. 10am – 6 pm, and on Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm). It will probably be our main fund-raising event of 2019 and will need lots of help and support please.

Gill Caswell is leading a small group preparing for the festival and a lot of preliminary work is already going on.

We are planning a really Grand Flower Festival with wonderful, imaginative and original arrangements and there will be a private view with Fizz and snacks on the evening of 22nd and a concert given by the Claydon Chamber Orchestra on Saturday 24th. Do please put the dates in your diaries.

Help Needed please:

We are looking for volunteers to act as Stewards for the 4 days ie 10 am to 6pm Fri, Sat and Mon and 12 noon to 6pm on Sun. Stewards will carry out meet and greet duties and sell programmes and we would like to have 5 on duty at any one time.
Please make a note in your diary and sign up on the rota sheet on the church noticeboard from June onwards. Alternatively contact Pamela Mugliston on 01799 521697 or email to confirm your availability. Many thanks.

Meanwhile, whether a flower arranger or not, if you have “green fingers” you could help us by growing flowers for use at the festival. Some suggestions for useful varieties to grow are set out below. In addition, established gardens may have perennials that will be in flower at this time, and/or greenery that they would be willing to offer for use in the festival.

Gill Lovegrove is in charge of catering and will need lots of help and baking etc. but if you have ideas do contact Gill now.

More details and information, both about the flower festival and the help we’ll need will appear in future issues of Parish News and on the website. Any immediate queries please to Pam Russell or Jane Knight via the parish office -

Suggestions for things to grow, or existing in your garden:
Greenery and flowers:
Hydrangea Heads, Delphinium, Roses, Lavender, Sunflowers, Gladioli, Echinacea, Cosmos, Zinnias, Dahlia, Eustoma and Chrysanthemums
Seed heads: Nigella, Poppies, Allium, Phormium, Fatshedera and Ivy leaves.

Thank you

Chris Knight

See photos from our last Flower Festival September 2016