Flower Guild

flowerguildThe flower guild was formed almost 40 years ago to ensure that our church is always decorated with flowers appropriate for the season.

We welcome new members who do not need any previous experience in flower arranging; help is always available and occasionally we have a demonstration lesson.

Members are expected to help for two sessions during the year of two weeks each, (flowers usually last for two weeks), and also at the main festivals of Christmas and Easter.

A flower festival is held during the Minchinhampton fayre weekend, which is in September; this has been very successful in raising funds for charity.

We are often asked for special arrangements for weddings and funerals. There is a charge for this service which goes to help our funds.

For further information please contact The Chairman, Pam Page on 01453 889439.

Annual Report - April 2016

The Flower Guild has had another very busy year. We have decorated the church right through the year, working on a 2-week rota, with pedestals in the Lady Chapel and by the chancel steps and an arrangement on the font. In addition we have decorated the whole church for the three main festivals of Christmas, Easter and Harvest Festival. We have also decorated the church for eight weddings/blessings.

In May we had another inspiring demonstration in the Market House by Jayne Morriss. The weather was appalling and the numbers were therefore reduced but all who attended agreed that they had had a most enjoyable and informative afternoon. In July we had a coffee morning with plant and cake stalls and served tea/coffee. The Porch Room was not an ideal venue and we hope to find an alternative for 2016.

The rest of the summer was spent organising the Flower Festival which again coincided with the Country Fayre. This year the theme was “the Centenary of the Women’s Institute”. To celebrate this we involved local W.I.’s who had their own areas within the church to illustrate various causes for which the W.I. had campaigned over the years. This proved to be a most successful and memorable event for both the groups involved and visitors and we were able to donate £400 to the church for the Country Fayre.

In September Bishop Martyn attended the service to re-dedicate our Sanctus Bell which has been calling parishioners to church for 500 years. The flower arrangements included genuine church bells at both the font and at the chancel steps and we were praised by him for the outstanding arrangements.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the Flower Guild who have so willingly given up their time and used their creativity to keep the church looking so splendid throughout the year.