Our bi-annual Flower Festival was held in the historic church of St Benedict Biscop in the heart of the attractive village of Wombourne, in South Staffordshire, from the 7th to 11th June 2018, attracting hundreds of visitors. The theme of the festival was ”Stories Change Lives”, trying to evoke a memory of a favourite book that holds a lasting impression in the imagination and may even have changed our lives in some way.
The Festival also enabled the church to proudly throw open its doors and show everyone the results of a three year restoration and refurbishment programme, in a building that welcomes 28,000 people annually. It was pleasing to note that a walking group made arrangements to include the Festival as a stop-off on one of its walks and enjoyed the experience so much that they plan to return. We hope that this may extend to other walkers and day trippers wishing to take in the historic church, village and charming surrounding countryside.
In total the 28 tableaux represented children’s stories, such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and The Jungle Book, and many classic books like Romeo and Juliet, War of the Worlds, Gospel stories, and the Diary of Anne Frank, to name but a few.
Once again we were indebted to Mick and Kim Brown who allowed us to use their wonderful garden at Arbourtree House (immediately opposite the church), where drinks and light refreshments were served. Visitors were therefore able to relax in its wonderful woodland setting and enjoy a selection of cakes, a ploughman’s lunch or a cream tea, all available with both hot and cold drinks.
The Rector and Parochial Church Council were grateful to the skills of the flower arrangers and the time they gave in setting up the displays, the large number of volunteers who contributed to its success and the many sponsors and donors for their generosity, without which there would be no festival. If you too would wish to become a sponsor, or make a donation to the next festival, please contact Mrs Christine Welch, via The Parish Office.
Please note in your diaries that the next Flower Festival will take place from the 5th to 8th June 2020 when fine displays, light refreshments and a warm welcome will await you.