Flower Festival Will Have A Golden Hue
The flower festival at St John's Church, Shildon, will be given a scattering of gold dust when it takes place on the weekend of Friday September 28 - Monday October 1.
The St John’s in Bloom event organised in conjunction with Shildon and District Flower Club, will feature a double Chelsea gold medal winner. There will also be a craft show on the Saturday. It is the second time the church has staged a flower festival.
One of the flower arrangers to be featured will be Chelsea flower show gold medal winner Mildred Stafford, who was part of teams that won in 2005 and February this year.
A number of companies have sponsored the event, whose theme is Holidays and Happy Days, including International Waste Metals who recently gave £500 for the church’s quiet garden on a piece of waste ground outside the church.
Adele Todd, the festival organiser, whose contribution will be to turn the porch into a floral railway platform, said: “The theme is celebration. The festival is built around the idea of hobbies and holidays and will celebrate what people do with their spare time. It‘s about what makes people happy.”
Also featuring will be Linda Readman, who is President of the flower club, and who has won several golds at flower shows. Linda, who has been arranging for twenty years, said: “The festival will be a celebration and we have seventeen arrangers taking part plus other people helping out.”
Mildred Stafford, who lives near Rushyford, and is also a member of the association, said: “I am looking forward to the event. I do everything I can to support the flower club.”
The show is on between 10am and 4pm on the Saturday, 9.30pm and 7pm on the Sunday and Monday October 1 is a Schools Day. Tickets are £4 on the door, children go free.
Pictures By: Keith Blundy / Aegies Associates
Mildred and Revd David talk to Keith Blundy about the chelsea gold medal, the flower festival, Shildon and St John's:
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