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Just Passing By – What A Joy!

19th of September 2002

The headline above was the comment of one visitor to St. Pauls Flower Festival held in July and it sums up a superb weekend of beautiful flowers, music, refreshments and friendship and, luckily, the weather!

The 33 flower arrangers were brilliant with their interpretations of the subjects given to them with the theme “With Hearts, Hands and Voices” and children, particularly, were well represented. In front of the altar was a beautiful collage of a bird made in coloured card from the silhouettes of the hands of the children from Toddler Praise and Sunday Special. The colours used were taken through to a very beautiful, contemporary flower arrangement on the altar. At the back of the church was a maypole depicting the dancers in flowers and this echoed the maypole dancing by children from St, Pauls School, which took place on The Common. The Brownies display showed the work required to earn four proficiency badges.

Among the other arrangements, one that stood out was The Nutcracker Suite. The flowers used were very dainty, pink and white, with white net frou-frou here and there and sugar plums representing the fairies. The many other lovely arrangements reflected the caring, sharing and talented community of Chipperfield. If you missed the festival you missed a treat!

Throughout the weekend the organ was played continuously by local organists, friends and pupils from the New Organ School in Luton. There was a lovely concert of summer music on Saturday evening and Songs of Praise on Sunday featured hymns and songs chosen by the flower arrangers. Refreshments were first class and I heard more than one person refer to the Parish Room as The Restaurant.

Thank you to everyone who came and helped to raise the superb amount of £2,700 for the Organ Fund. If you missed it this year make a note in your diary for two years time when Im sure someone will organise another festival!
Mary Fox

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