EVERY five years, approximately, the
Parish Church of St Mary at Nantwich in Cheshire stages a flower
Over the years a video has
been produced by various members of the church as a record of the
display of particular years.
For the 2011 event, Jonboro
Videos was asked to record the festival.
Following the five-year cycle
it should have taken place in 2009 but this didn't happen for various
reasons. Nevertheless, the extra couple of years didn't matter and
visitors found it was well worth the wait.
The theme of the festival was
"Craftsman's Art and Music's Measure" - a line from the popular hymn
"Angel Voices". It paid tribute to the work of the artisans down the
centuries who created the 650-year-old Cheshire red sandstone church -
often referred to as "The Cathedral of South Cheshire".
In 2014, the
building joined the list of "Great" churches throughout the UK.
The 2011 festival recalled
the work of the Rev Francis Pope (1832-1909) who
wrote the words of the hymn and Dr Edwin
George Monk (1819-1900) who wrote the tune for "Angel Voices". The work
of other hymn writers was also remembered.
Members of local flower clubs
produced the arrangements which made up the floral display. They were
helped in the task by pupils from five local primary schools.
Three leading flower festival
arrangers, Val Seed, Bridget Cohen and Glenda Goodall, were in charge of
the design of the event.
There was a whole team of
people working "behind the scenes", such as the organising committee, or
on duty as stewards, taking part in concerts or playing organ music
while the visitors toured the event. As always, there were many more ensuring the
success of the event.
YOU can get the DVD
from Nantwich Book Shop in High Street (on The Square if you come to
Nantwich) for just £4.99. They will also send DVDs to you by post. See
their website for details.