Flower power on the tower

Wednesday 18th May 2022 6:00 am
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Stogumber cascade
Stogumber cascade (George Ody )

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IT’s a platinum jubilee celebration that you just can’t miss…a 20-metre-high cascade of 2,000 hand-crafted flowers carefully winched to the top of Stogumber parish church last week-end by Williton fire brigade, writes Robert Barron.

A massive royal floral tribute which will be seen from far and wide throughout the summer, the cascaded of knitted, crocheted and organza flowers has taken village volunteers ten months to create.

The project was coordinated by floral expert Wendy Symes who explained: “The cascade is the biggest part of the commemorative display in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubiilee, but the display is not finished yet!

“Also inside the church we will be creating The Queen’s dress in organza using British flowers and plants.”

Wendy could not speak too highly of the many volunteers who have ‘worked unstintingly” for the project. “None of us had seen the cascade as anything other than a flat collection of components on the ground. It was fantastic to see it hanging on the church tower in one amazing cascade.

“While we wanted the floral cascade to commemorate 70 years of the Queen’s reign, it is also an important fundraising opportunity for St. Mary’s Church, Mind and Children’s Hospice South West. We hope people will come from far and wide to see this colourful spectacle.

“We are also in the process of completing a Union Jack, an ‘E R’ and ‘70’ from handmade flowers and have a large wooden Queens Guard at the entrance of the church.

Wendy added: “There will also be a display of knitted flowers in material vases along the boundary fence of the church. We hope the cascade and all the other events for the Jubilee will be remembered for years to come”.

St Mary’s Church flower festival will run from Thursday June 2 to Thursday June 9t themed around the Queens Platinum Jubilee. The village also has a full programme of events from June 2, including a red, white and blue themed scarecrow competition.

For advice or information, Wendy can be contacted on 01984 656843 or [email protected]

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