Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Best of Britain

Those of you who were present at our last coffee morning with Shirley Rudge will know all about this and her own exhibit which will be a Spitfire. And to whet your appetite still further for this excellent annual event here is a photograph of one of last year’s exhibits, before we move on to that other old favourite – Ron Jeffries.

Little Miss Muffet from last year's theme Nursery Rhymes
The Thirty-second St. Peter’s Flower Festival takes place in a very special year. Nationally we celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Accession to the Throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 6th February 1952, whilst locally we celebrate the Consecration of St. Peter’s Church Aldborough Hatch, barely 90 years earlier on 6th March 1862. With this in mind we have chosen as our theme for the 32nd Flower Festival The Best of Britain.

From Saturday 23rd to Monday 25th June, some fifteen floral displays inside and outside the church in Aldborough Road North, Aldborough Hatch, will depict all that is best in our country – places (from the forests to the Royal Albert Hall), achievements (the Ascent of Everest), events (the Coronation of our Queen and the Summer Olympics), people (John Constable and William Morris) to something uniquely British – the weather!

On Saturday and Sunday goods on sale in the Craft Market will range from cards to hand-made craft work, cupcakes, jewellery, beaded work, Indian craftwork, embroidered table linen/towels, crochet-work, American print cushion covers, hand-made bags, flower arrangements, wood-turned products, homemade preserves, sweets and cakes. Refreshments will be served on both days.

Local organisations giving displays on the Green on Saturday and Sunday will include 'Bells Aloud' from St Margaret's, Barking, Singers from Charmas Stage School, Indian Folk Dancing by Redbridge Asian Mandal and the Palmerstone Dancers. Choral Music Recitals will be given at 3pm on Saturday and Sunday in the church by St. Peter’s augmented choir. At the Festal Evensong Service at 7pm on Sunday, the Venerable Elwin Cockett, Archdeacon of West Ham, will preach.

The Church remains open on Monday for visitors and for children, students and staff from William Torbitt and other local schools.

Throughout the weekend an Exhibition celebrating 150 Years of St. Peter’s will be staged with many rare photographs and maps on public display for the first time.

The Revd. Kate Lovesey, Priest-in-Charge, said: “This will be my first Flower Festival at St Peter's. I am very much looking forward to seeing all the beautiful displays of flowers – some very cunning planning has gone into what promises to be a very good festival. There will also be the chance to buy some wonderful crafts and who does not like a bit of retail therapy along with tea and cakes? It promises to be representative of the multi-cultural community which St. Peter’s has been proud to serve for the past 150 years and will continue to serve for many years to come. I look forward to seeing you there."

For the full brochure and schedule click here!

Ron Jeffries


  1. Many thanks from St. Peter's for the advance publicity for the Flower Festival this weekend.l
    I smiled at your reference to me as "another old favourite"! I guess as I gallop towards 80, that's what I am! I will be in the Craft Market all weekend. Not to be missed is the Exhibition of 150 Years of St. Peter's and Aldborough Hatch with photographs and maps, many of which appear in a certain book that will also be on sale! But I will refrain from naming it . . .

    1. Ron - my mother would describe you as "only a boy". She was 101 on Saturday.