Flower Festival At St Paul’s Church
On October 4-6 our Harvest Flower Festival, entitled All Good Gifts Around Us, attracted around 700 visitors and raised around £2,500.
Thirty flower arrangers interpreted the theme of God’s gifts to us with titles such as Rain, Happiness, The Family, Love and Marriage, Clean water, Preaching, Energy, Music, Fire, etc. St. Paul’s School did a display of flowers and childrens’ work using the title of Love to learn, learn to love. Autumn colours predominated the amazing displays – The Sanctuary display was centred around a wonderful “sheaf of wheat ” loaf, complete with 2 harvest mice – made by Pat Smith.
The newly refurbished organ was played throughout the festival, by many organists (one every hour) who visited us from near and far to try out the wonderful organ.
On Sunday the combined choirs of St. Paul’s Chipperfield and Holy Cross Sarratt sang John Rutter’s “Magnificat”, under the talented direction of Keith Beniston, accompanied by an orchestra of 16 players.The congregation joined in some traditional harvest hymns.
Throughout the festival, teas and coffees, lunches and cream teas were served by a group of ladies from the church – enjoyed by many visitors.
Thanks must go to Lesley Edwards and her committee for all the hard work in organising the Festival, to all the arrangers from St. Paul’s and visiting arrangers too. Thanks also to the team that provided the wonderful refreshments, to the people who made and sold cakes, and organised the bric-a-brac stall, and finally to all the organists and to Keith Beniston who directed the amazing Harvest Celebration Service. Lesley Baker