Bovingdon church opens its doors to flower fans as it bids to fund urgent repairs

Flower festival
Flower festival

Parishioners are putting the finishing touches to a festival of flowers and art which will be taking place over the coming bank holiday weekend.

The three-day event will help to raise much-needed funds for the repair of the ancient church.

An experienced team of arrangers led by Jane West 
will fill the church with 
beauty and fragrance.

The art show will feature works for sale by seven well-known local artists including Liz Hobson and Marion Perkins, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of the Society of Botanical Artists.

There will also be displays of quilts made by local craftspeople and paintings by children from Bovingdon Primary Academy.

The church of St Lawrence was rebuilt in 1846 by local benefactor Granville Dudley Ryder and its stonework was last repaired in the 1990s.

Recent deterioration has led 
to a repair estimate of £31,000 and the church council is keen to progress this work before winter sets in.

“We are immensely grateful to a band of talented local people who are giving up a lot of their time to put on what I know will be a stunning display of flowers, art and craft,” said vicar of Bovingdon, the Rev Charles Burch.

“We hope the local community will support this festival and help us to raise some of the funds we urgently need.”

The flower festival and art show will be open on Saturday from 10.30am to 5pm, on Sunday from noon to 5pm and on Monday from 10.30am to 5pm.

Refreshments will be available throughout and there will be a ‘prayer tree’ for children and families.

Marion Perkins will be selling signed copies of her popular children’s book The Stone Cat.

There will be a concert on Saturday evening at 7.30pm given by the Chess String Quartet and a Songs of Praise service on Sunday evening at 6pm.