For years a highlight of the August Bank Holiday weekend, this year’s Flower Festival held in St Nicolas Church reached new heights of excellence and beauty according to organisers.
A dedicated team spent hours researching, planning and constructing a profusion of flower arrangements on the theme of anniversaries. Subjects included 200 years of Lord’s Cricket Ground, 100 years of the Brownies and 50 years of the Red Arrows.
A total of 26 arrangements ranging from the birth of the lawnmower to Bill Haley and the Comets. All the exhibits had been designed and arranged with great artistry and skill and gave pleasure to the hundreds of visitors who came to the festival, inspected the flower arrangements and enjoyed the refreshments. Many compliments were paid by visitors, who declared this year’s showing was the best ever and was the best seen in the area.
The weekend also hosted the annual Family Fun Dog Show, now held in the grounds of the Smugglers Inn. About 50 dogs, with their owners, attended and competed in 12 classes, plus a competition for Best in Show.
The show was also enjoyed by many spectators, and will be repeated in future years.
The festival was rounded off by a concert of Songs of Praise among the Flowers, led by Michael Johnson and the combined choirs of St Nicolas and St Mary’s Westham and the audience joined in the singing of favourite hymns and songs.