APR 10 FLOWER FESTIVAL
Preparation is well underway for the Old Hunstanton Flower
Festival, which is to be held as usual over the weekend after the Sandringham Flower Show.
Over the years different themes as diverse as “Nursery Rhymes” and “Nelson and other Norfolk Heroes” have delighted visitors to the festival. This year the theme is “All good gifts around us” and already creative interpretations are being planned to decorate our beautiful XIV century Church.
We’ve had the opportunity to go through the Festival Archives dating back to 1969, and at that time it was as much a Village Fete and Art Exhibition as a Flower Festival. Joy Mott, the wife of the then churchwarden says, “For the first few years, the summer events were art exhibitions and concerts before they developed into a Flower Festival in the mid 70’s”. This year we are re-introducing some of the more traditional fete events and attractions alongside the stalls selling delicious home made cakes and preserves, plus plants, nearly new clothes, books etc, not forgetting our famous well-stocked tombola! We hope that the grand draw with a first prize of £100 will again be well supported and we’d like to thank everyone for their donations and for buying tickets. The refreshment marquee is always popular, serving morning coffee, light lunches and teas, all locally prepared.
A highlight of the weekend is the “Songs of Praise” concert on 1st August at 7pm in the magnificently decorated Church with Hunstanton Concert Band playing entertaining light music and familiar hymns for everyone to enjoy
The money raised at the Festival goes mainly towards the upkeep of St Mary’s and this year we are still raising funds for the roof repairs.
The team that puts on the Festival is made up of volunteers, so if you are a flower arranger or can help in any other way we’d love you to join us. Just call Josie Hardy on 512402 or Mike Tuffs on 535951 for details.
Please look out for our progress reports in the newsletter and do come to the Festival. You will be warmly welcomed and find it a rewarding experience.