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St. Mary's Flower Festival
Saint Mary's Parish Church, Ross-on-Wye hosted a beautiful
flower show over the holiday weekend and on Friday evening
I attended a preview to photograph the stunning floral displays.
Some photographs appear below, along with a review by Barbara
Henry. Many more can be seen as a Wyenot
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Flower Show Organizers, Pam Altree and Sue Jones. DSC_4903
Ray and Joan Thomas with their display. DSC_4908
Coggins, Chairman of Ross Floral Society by members' display, Antarctica.
A Review of St. Mary's Flower Show by Barbara Henry
Friday 25th August we attended a preview of the Flower Festival
to be held over the August Bank Holiday weekend in Ross
Parish Church. We were impressed by the colour, lavishness
and sheer skill and professionalism of the flower arrangers,
all of whom are local, either members of the church, or
the flower arrangers club or florists in Ross. The Festival
lasted for three days and on Saturday had accompanying 'Fun
Stalls' a Grand Prize Draw and home made refreshments served
in the Church Hall.
were thirty three flower arrangement exhibits representing
many countries in Europe, America, Africa, the Middle East,
Australia and Asia including the oceans between. From Lapland
to Egypt and from the UK to Japan and India the Anglican
witness of Christ has spread to share the lives with joy
and tears of all peoples around the world.
arrangement depicting Canada replicated Niagara Falls with
the famous boat Maid of the Mist sailing under a real waterfall
appearing to cascade down the church window. The Arctic
glaciers were represented by a wonderful, giant arrangement
of white flowers spreading and moving across the front of
the main alter. The Markye Chapel was given over to represent
the tears and joys of Africa its wonderful colours and cultural
history clearly seen. Some exhibits used national costume
as a basis for colour. Every exhibit caught the eye and
people took time musing and relishing every moment whilst
the organ rang out its lovely music to warm the soul.
theme this year was 'A World of Flowers' using the Compass
Rose as a centre piece and alter frontal. The Compass Rose
is the emblem of the Compass Rose Society set up to promote
and help the Anglican Communion unite the world through
compassion. The centre of the Compass Rose contains the
cross of St George and is surrounded by the inscription
in Greek 'The truth shall set you free'. The points of the
compass reflect the spread of Anglican Christianity throughout
the world. This original emblem is currently set in the
nave of the Cathedral Church of Christ in Canterbury.
with the Compass Rose and to one side of the alter frontal
in the font area another arrangement represented The Light
of the World. Jesus spreads the light of understanding of
God's love through water and light in Baptism.
families visited the Church during the Festival both from
Ross and further afield including a family from Australia
seeking to find their family roots.
Glover with her display, 'Norway', featuring the Norwegian National
Dress made by Celia and her daughter-in-law,
Unni Glover. DSC_4942
Bushel with her display, 'Egypt'. DSC_4894
Beth, pictured below, had great fun doing her arrangement.
She had watched and helped Lindsay Ray and mum, Rachel Bushell
create the Egypt exhibit above.
said, 'As I had never had a go at this sort of thing before,
basically I hadn't a clue where to start. By the time we
had finished and Lindsay felt we needed a green arrangement
behind the pyramids, Beth had created one from the left
over greenery. Iris Wheatly gave her two gladioli and it
is wonderful when children have the opportunity in be involved
with special occasions with the church community, especially
when the adults are so creative, inspiring and welcoming.'
Bushel with her display. DSC_4897
The weather stayed fine during the afternoon of Sunday 20th
August whilst twelve family groups took part in a Family
Treasure Hunt. This was one of the many summer family events
organized by in conjunction with Ross Heritage Centre, this
time supported by Ross-in-Bloom to raise funds for Ross
set off enthusiastically but it soon became clear this was
not something that could be done at speed - a lot of thought
was required. The quiz involved a series of riddles and
questions, with participants needing to bring back treasure
and collect stickers on the way, guided by strategically
had been approached by Iris Price to do a guided walk for
the playgroup,' said Mary Powell. 'I thought it would be
a nice idea to turn it into a walk families could take part
hunt was devised to enable those taking part to break a
spell and children taking part had to find Ross, the hedgehog
to make sure the spell was truly broken. Ross and his sister
Apple had upset the Bad Fairy who lived on Chase Hill. She
had cast a spell on them, causing Ross to disappear. The
clues all led back to the Market House, where Ross had been
managed to find him and the spell was broken. He has now
returned to Chase Hill to live happily ever after with his
sister. The bad fairy disappeared herself once the spell
was broken. She now lives at the bottom of a large well
at Alton Court! Like all good fairy stories it had a truly
participants could take their treasure home and all those
who completed the quiz received a goody bag of items. Those
receiving the highest marks all received a Ross Hedgehog
as a prize.
Playgroup are very grateful to everyone who participated
in this event, including Neat and Cheap, The Friends Meeting
House, Grandma Peggy's Sweet Shop and the Golden Crust Bakery
who all provided treasure. They are also grateful to all
the stewards, including the Quakers, who dressed appropriately
for the occasion.
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