Flower fes­ti­val a ‘fit­ting trib­ute’

Top demon­stra­tors show off works

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A MOV­ING fes­ti­val of flow­ers made a fit­ting trib­ute to the sac­ri­fices of men and women through con­flicts over the past 100 years.

Parish­ioners at St Mary’s Church, in The Fair­way, South Ruis­lip, banded to­gether with flower teams from neigh­bour­ing churches, com­mu­nity projects and Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Flower Ar­range­ment So­ci­eties (NAFAS) clubs to cre­ate a flower fes­ti­val, en­ti­tled Lest We For­get.

Jan White, who helped to or­gan­ise the fes­ti­val, said: “Given the spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance of Re­mem­brance Sun­day this year at the cen­te­nary of the out­break of the Great War, we wanted the fes­ti­val to be a fit­ting trib­ute and the re­sults were breath-tak­ing.

“The ar­range­ments showed the en­thu­si­asm and thought­ful­ness of the de­sign­ers them­selves.

“We were very blessed to have been given ar­range­ments, in­clud­ing from four top NAFAS demon­stra­tors,” she said.

The church, decked out with flags and pop­pies, was a back-drop for stun­ning and colour­ful dis­plays that told the sto­ries of events such as the fa­mous Christ­mas Day truce, the strug­gles in the trenches, Land Army achieve­ments and the Royal Fly­ing Corps.

Mem­o­ra­bilia in­clud­ing medals, post­cards, ‘wid­ows’ pen­nies’ – the com­mem­o­ra­tive coin given to the wives of fallen sol­diers – and also em­bossed brass gift boxes re­ceived by the troops on the first Christ­mas Day of the con­flict.

Even shrap­nel and barbed wire from the Western Front were all lent to the church by Ruis­lip peo­ple.

For more pic­tures from the ex­hi­bi­tion, please go to www.getwest­lon­don.co. uk

■ DIS­PLAY: Flow­ers took cen­tre stage at St Mary’s Church Con­trib­uted

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