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Festival 2006 - High Days and Holidays

The Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May saw the 18th Annual Festival of Flowers to be held at Christchurch Methodist Church.

The theme for 2006 was "Holy Days and Holidays" and this was reflected in the various floral displays in the church. The Festival comprised the usual mix of wonderful flowers, stalls, competitions, plus ploughman's lunches and cream teas for hungry and thirsty visitors.

Our thanks go to the members of the Ladies Supper Club, who organised the event so well - it was again a wonderful celebration of flowers and displays.

The proceeds of this Festival was donated to the Sussex Air Ambulance Appeal, Macmillan Nurses and to Church Projects. We were delighted to present the Sussex Air Ambulance Appeal and Macmillan Nurses (Little Common and Bexhill Branch) each with a cheque for £700.

Thank you to all of you who came to visit the Festival - we are particularly grateful to those of you who come back each year.

The Floral Displays

We have included below pictures of some of the floral displays for you to enjoy.


Candlemas

Held on February 2nd to celebrate the Feast of the Purification of Mary and the Presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple. Candles are blessed for use in Church.

Like Mary, let us ponder in our minds God's wondrous love in saving lost mankind.

John Byrom (1692-1763)

Candlemas display
photo of the golfing holiday display

Golfing Holiday

Brought to England by James IV when he succeeded to the English throne. Golf is now a worldwide, multi-million pound sport.

Harvest Festival

All is safely gathered in ere the winter storms begin.

Henry Alford (1810 -1871)

harvest festival display

"His Glory in All its Richness

This was our first experience of the Christchurch Flower Festival and somehow I knew that it was going to be special. I loved the displays around the church depicting the Christian festivals and was amazed at how thoughtfully the flowers reflected the themes and how cleverly they were interwoven with symbols from the relevant festival. It really focussed our minds on the true meaning behind each display. I found it both thought provoking and moving. The holiday themes were equally ingenious and beautifully displayed.

It was lovely to hear music as we admired the displays and I felt privileged to be a part of that.

With so many people coming to view the flowers, a wonderful selection of refreshments was provided and from my brief period in the kitchen I was greatly impresses by the efficiency and choice of lunches.

It was most fitting that the Sunday service was centred on the glory of God, for we had truly experienced His glory in all its richness. A big thank you to everyone involved.

Sylvia Hill"

Christchurch Flower Festival 2005 Report