With stunning displays and delicious eats, members of Little Common Village Flower Club were “delighted” with their 25th year flower festival over the weekend.
Beautiful blooms and bountiful blossoms were shown off to full advantage inside St Martha’s church and, as club chairman Pearl Mason said, “when you walked through the doors the sight took your breath away.”
The theme of the festival was A Blooming Year and reflected events such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, Wimbledon, Last Night of the Proms, Halloween, Fireworks Night, and Remembrance Day as well as the group’s own anniversary.
Pearl said: “I am really delighted with the way it went. It was fantastic, absolutely marvellous. The designs were wonderful and people were really inspired by it.”
There was good attendance throughout the weekend and on Bank Holiday Monday as well with visitors glad to escape the rain outside and come into the cosy warmth of the church hall to enjoy lunch, snacks or afternoon tea. The food side was organised by club president Elizabeth Berry who is also a chef, and she with her team of helpers provided a tempting menu of jacket potatoes with different fillings, Ploughman’s lunch, jumbo sausage rolls, and cheese scones.
“It was very comfortable in there,” said Pearl, “and a lovely atmosphere. There were lots of tables laid out and a nice cosy restaurant with all of our waitresses in black and white with little aprons, just like the Nippies used to be. The cakes were homemade and the lunches very popular. And at the end of the room the Rebel Art Group had an exhibition which made it look really nice. People didn’t want to leave.”
The enthusiastic and positive reaction of visitors made the effort worthwhile, she felt, as it takes “well over a year” to design and plan the show which happens every three years, with much fundraising in the meantime to provide for the expensive tropical flowers needed in the displays.
“The flowers were lovely - some great big blooms, just right for A Blooming Year.”
The group have had to battle through 2014 so far because flooding in Little Common Community Centre back in December meant the stage has been out of action all this time, but members hope the new one will be in place in October for the open meeting which will see flower arrangers from all over Sussex come to watch a special demonstration.
Pearl thanked the club committee for their work towards the festival and commented: “We have to thank everyone who helped - the designers, the people who helped on the day - stewarding, and in the kitchen, and waitressing - and everyone who worked hard leading up to the day, on the fundraising and planning. It takes an awful lot of work. I don’t know what I would have done without them, they are so supportive - it just wouldn’t happen without them.”