Saturday, June 11, 2011

Rhymes from the Nursery

St. Peter’s Church in Aldborough Hatch will offer visitors a veritable feast of colour during the weekend of 25th to 27th June when the theme for the 31st Flower Festival will be 'Rhymes from the Nursery'. Details.

Among the popular rhymes to be depicted in flowers will be 'Little Miss Muffet', 'Incy Wincy Spider', 'Jack and Jill' and 'Oranges and Lemons', whilst less well-known rhymes include 'Ladybird, Ladybird' and 'Elsie Marley's grown so fair'. One flower arranger remembers her Granddad reciting the rhyme 'Happy Neddy in a Field' - which few have even heard of - and she will use this to create her display. Some seventeen individual flower arrangements, both inside the church and in the grounds, will take up the theme 'Rhymes from the Nursery' – all created by members of the church and their friends.

The Revd Clare Nicholson, Vicar of St. Peter's, said: “Over the weekend we will welcome former members of St. Peter's who have moved away, members of the local community and visitors from further afield of all faiths and cultures as we celebrate our thirty-first Flower Festival here at St. Peter's. We invite everyone to come and immerse themselves in the peace and the beauty of our church and grounds.”

The diversity of the local community will be evident in the range of music, dance and displays on Saturday and Sunday, 25th and 26th June. Entertaining visitors will be Robert Pyatt, who will play Music for a Summer Afternoon, Indian Folk Dancers RAM and the Palmerstone Dancers. Choral recitals will be given by the Choirs of St. John's Seven King and St. Peter's and friends.

A Craft Market will be held in the church halls and grounds offering a range of goods for sale, including home-made cakes and preserves, and hand-made products, whilst ploughman's lunches and strawberries and cream teas will also be available.

On Saturday and Sunday the Church will be open from 10am to 7pm. The Craft Market will be open on Saturday from 10am to 6pm and on Sunday from 10am to 5pm. On Monday the Church will be open from 10am to 7pm.

The Mayor of Redbridge, Councillor Chris Cummins, and Lee Scott, MP for Ilford North, will visit the Flower Festival mid-morning on Saturday 25th June. [Look out for the Toyota Prius: Ed]

Ron Jeffries


  1. Jack and Jill went up the hill
    To fetch a pail of water.
    Jill came down with half a crown
    But not for fetching water.

  2. Now look here, Morris! That is not the kind of nursery rhyme my Mum taught me. As a recompense for this I invite you to the St. Peter's Flower Festival where you will find me in the Craft Market where you will be able to purchase a wide selection of photograph cards of the local area.

  3. Neither did mine.

    Would love to come to the Flower Festival, Ron, but I shall be away on holiday.

  4. My father used to recite this to us as kids, in this way:

    Happy Neddy in a field, munched a carrot, red.
    When a bunny passing by, stopped to speak and said.
    "Baby dear is awful ill, he's had an awful fright"
    "but if he had a piece of that, i'm sure he'll be alright"
    "Then take a bit" said Neddy, "Take all of it" said he.
    "There's a thistle over yonder, and that's enough for me".

    I think he possibly got it from his Mother who was Scottish, seeing as it mentions Thistles.