Church Flower Festival Taking Place In June

Arrangement at last year's Flower Festival

St Mary’s Parish Church will be holding their flower festival in June this year.

In 2011 the event was held in September and that meant some visitors who make the four-day event part of their annual holiday missed out.

Jane Chiverton is the organiser and she met with other keen arrangers for the first planning meeting at the church pavilion last night.

Jane is hoping islanders will provide up to 28 floral arrangements with the theme of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. She says the team will be creative but won’t be too obvious, so there won’t be all red, white and blue displays.

Last year was unusual because the festival had to be postponed until September. This was because many of the organisers and contributors couldn’t make the usual June date.

Jane said she was keen to come forward to organise the festival as she didn’t want to see it stop.

She says it provides a lot of pleasure to residents and visitors and brings out the creativity of the flower arrangers. And she adds contributors don’t have to produce huge displays – even the smallest arrangements can be stunning, she says.

The church will be set up on the Tuesday with doors opening to the public on the Wednesday morning, although she says she needs the flower orders by 31st May. Each arrangement will get £20 towards the cost of the flowers although people can add extra if they want.

The festival starts on the 27th of June.