Church to hold flower festival and big harvest celebration

Westham Flower Festival SUS-150918-092043001
Westham Flower Festival SUS-150918-092043001

St Mary’s Church at Westham is planning a big celebration of Harvest alongside a Flower Festival.

Jan Say, from the church, explained: “Our flower festival is unusual as it is combined with harvest festival, with a big thanksgiving service on Sunday 27th.

“The St Mary’s event first began in the early sixties, when flower festivals were not so common, and was the idea of the wife of the then vicar, the Rev’d Champneys Burnham.

“Those were the days when there was not much spare money for luxuries like flowers, and I’m told it was a case of jam jars instead of vases, with cut garden flowers instead of the ones we have now.

“Over the years it has developed and many different groups associated with the village have become involved. We think ourselves very fortunate to have some extremely gifted and imaginative arrangers.

“Entry is free - but donations will be gratefully received - and we would love to welcome you to our church to enjoy the celebrations.”

St Mary’s Church is in the High Street at Westham. It is listed as Grade 1 protected by English Heritage with parts of the church dating back to the late 11th century.

Are you holding any harvest celebrations at your church this autumn? If so why not contact us with the details at eastbourne.herald @jpress.co.uk

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