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Flower festival video

EVERY five years, approximately, the Parish Church of St Mary at Nantwich in Cheshire stages a flower festival.

   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 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.


THE next flower festival at St Mary's will be held between June 16 and 19, 2016. It's title will be "The Glory of Nantwich".


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