Whitchurch shops and businesses have been decked with bunting for the Queen’s Jubilee and now they have flowers for the Methodist Church’s 200th anniversary flower festival from 15th to 18th June.
“Work started on the planning for this flower festival some six months ago.” said organiser Helen Mehaffey. “We have been very lucky to have been offered expert help by flower arrangers from our neighbouring churches and community. It has been a joy to have so many members of our local business community and organisations agree to join in. The floral displays will depict our theme of ‘The Church within the Community’. All in all it promises to be a very interesting and colourful week-end with many additional attractions.”
John Wesley, founder of Methodism, came to Whitchurch on several occasions and inside the building there is the tombstone of John Haime, a soldier converted after hearing Wesley. Another special feature is a depiction in stained glass of the woman at the well.
Over 20 flower arrangements
Floral arrangements reflecting both John Haime’s gravestone and the stained glass window are just two of over twenty arrangements. Wheelbarrows by Testbourne Community School pupils, created for Chelsea Fringe Flower Show, will be part of the display. Uniform organisations, playgroups, shops, rescue services, local churches amongst others are all creating displays. Testbourne Flute Choir, Whitchurch Primary School and local instrumentalists and choirs are providing musical interludes at different times over the weekend.
As well as music, refreshments, a new book charting the history of Methodism in Whitchurch, commemorative mugs and notelets and a quiet Orison room will be available. A children’s trail tracing the history of the building can also be followed.
The Flower Festival is free and opening times are:
Friday 15th June and Saturday 16th June from 10.00pm to 8.00pm,
Sunday 17th June 12 noon to 8.00pm.
A service will be held at 10.30am.
Monday 18th June 10.00am to 12 noon.
The official opening ceremony will be performed at 2.00pm on Friday 15th June
At 2p.m. on Friday 15th June Sarah Eberle, award winning Landscape Designer from Whitchurch, will open the Flower Festival at the Methodist Church. Sarah has won RHS Gold medals, has a Hampton Court Award, many Civic Trust Awards and exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show, BBC Gardeners’ World Live and on St George’s Day this year Sarah created a garden overnight in Trafalgar Square.
|Date:||September 15, 2011 at 12:00 am|