Organisers of the three day ‘Magic of Music’ Flower Festival, held last weekend at St Peter’s Church, Bexhill Old Town, say it was a resounding success.
Days of preparation and meticulous planning by members of flower arranging groups from Ninfield, Little Common, All Saints’ Church Sidley, St Augustine’s Church Bexhill, St Michael’s Church Bexhill, and St Peter’s church, led by Hazel Mitten, resulted in a plethoras of 30 stunning floral displays depicting musical ideas throughout the church.
A church spokesman said the centrepiece, an amazing forty foot Carpet of Flowers down the centre aisle, was the result of many helpers spending around 10 hours snipping off an estimated 3,000 flower heads and setting them in place on a background of greenery, to a design by Ann Bullen which included musical symbols from St Peter’s Music Makers concert posters of the 1970s and 1980s.
One of the most dramatic displays was ‘The Trumpets shall Sound’, arranged by Councillor Stuart Wood. Another,‘Memories’, was set among memorial panels commemorating 80 servicemen from the parish who gave their lives in the First World War. A book with results of research into their identity evoked much interest.
To draw attention to the Flower Festival, on the opening day, Friday June 27, to the delight of many, posies were placed on seats around Bexhill.
The three day event attracted around 1250 visitors to St Peter’s. The spokesman said: “While they admired the floral displays, musicians played light music on organ, piano and harp, and on Friday lunchtime children from St Peter and St Paul Church of England Primary School entertained with songs and music.
“The general atmosphere was delightful and there were numerous appreciative comments.”
St Peter’s Community Centre was also busy with an exhibition of art and photographs along with various stalls and refreshments. Several nearby ‘Secret Gardens of Bexhill Old Town’ opened in support of St Michael’s Hospice.
The acclaimed St Peter’s choir gave a choral concert on Saturday evening which was well received by a large audience. On Sunday evening around 120 people attended a Celebration Evensong.
During this event the choir sang Parry’s anthem, ‘I was glad’. Finally the clergy, their assistants and the choir walked through the Carpet of Flowers to bring the Festival to an end.
Proceeds from the Festival amounted to approximately £5,500 in support of three charitable causes: St Michael’s Hospice, St Peter’s Church’s new Children and Families Worker post, and the Army Benevolent Fund.