Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Festival to feature church flower arrangers

Festival to feature church flower arrangers

THE work of church flower arrangers is set to be celebrated at Chelsea Fringe Henley this year.

It is one of a number of new ideas for the fifth annual alternative gardening festival, which will run from May 19 to 27.

Victoria Newton, who co-ordinates the event with Jane Macfarlane Duckworth, said all local churches could take part and there could be a floral evensong on one day.

She said: “We hope there will be 15 to 20 displays put together by individuals representing different churches in the area.”

Decorated boats will take to the River Thames once again for the floral flotilla, starting at Mill Meadows at 2pm on May 20. The Henley Quakers will also participate again by hosting a “peaceful garden” event in the grounds of the Friends Meeting House in Northfield End. Southbrook Cottage in Hambleden will host a poetry event called “Nature in the raw” on May 22 and the following day Cuxham in Bloom plan to hold a “silent walk” around the village and surrounding area. On May 24 Ruth Green will hold a Pilates event.

The organisers hopes to hold a picnic in Henley’s new community orchard, off Paradise Road, and Jan Mirkowski, owner of the Fairmile Vineyard, hopes to host tours and wine tastings.

Mrs Newton said: “There’s a nice choice for people.”

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