Stanborough Park Flower Festival 2017: To God be the Glory
The first Flower Festival to be held in the newly-refurbished church is to celebrate the building's 90th birthday - its foundation stone being laid in 1927. Taking the Latin Title ‘Soli Deo Gloria’ 36 spectacular floral arrangements will depict various aspects of church life. The event will begin with a Preview Evening on 13th July with a finger buffet and then be open for public viewings from Friday, 14th July - Sunday, 16th July with a free concert showcasing a variety of vocal and instrumental talent on Saturday evening and ending with a Gala Dinner.
The organiser, Audrey Balderstone, along with fellow arranger, Geoff Fox, won a Gold Medal for a Floral Arrangement at the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show. She held her first Flower Festival at the church in 1981 with the help of another flower arranger, Fred Rawlings,. Between then and 2013 Audrey has designed a Festival about every two years raising £125,000 for various charities. She has also organised many Flower Festivals in other locations and given many flower arranging demonstrations during that time.
“It is challenging to design a Festival for this new space” says Audrey, “but as our theme is ‘To God Alone be the Glory’ we know that He will make it a success.” As in past years the flower arrangers of the church will be joined by arrangers from other churches and from NAFAS ( the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies.) Fellow Chelsea gold medallist Geoff Fox will be one of the arrangers and assisting with the designs will be another Chelsea gold medallist, Yolanda Campbell, so the public can expect displays of a high standard - with some amazing surprises!
"As in previous years," Audrey continues, "There will be a garden with a River of Roses. This has proved popular in the past with visitors able to purchase a rose, place it in the river and write a tribute in a book. The rose can then be reclaimed at the end of the Festival.
"All proceeds from these events and from the Festival itself will be divided between Peace Hospice Care and the church refurbishment fund so do come along and enjoy the sights and sounds provided for your pleasure."
Friday and Sunday 11am - 5pm
Preview Evening July 13 @ 7pm with finger buffet
Concert July 15 @ 7.30pm - admission free
Gala Dinner July 16 @ 6pm for 6.30pm
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