Flower festival held in Bray church to celebrate Queen's birthday

Grace Witherden

Grace Witherden

A flower festival to celebrate the Queen’s birthday took place at St Michael’s Church in Bray throughout the weekend.

Each floral display was themed around Her Majesty’s interests and her life, which included her family, early years, war years and racing.

Maggie Jans and her team of flower arrangers have been planning the festival for some time. It is the first flower festival at the church in eight years.

She said: “We’ve used English sweet peas though many of the flowers used are now stocked from Holland.

The festival fits in with British Flower Week, which is next weekend. We were lent the birch trees from Stubbings Nursery.”

Braywood and Hoyport Primary school students decorated flowers in jars, which were placed down the aisle and the Bray and Holyport Brownies decorated birthday cards for the Queen.

An Arch of Welcome was presented in the entrance of the church and other exhibits included the Queen’s birthday, Sandringham, Accession to the Throne and the W.I.

On Saturday, the church tower was open for visitors and the weekend concluded with a Music at Bray concert.

Penny Murray, church warden said: “The four days have been very successful with plenty of visitors, many dodging the showers to visit. The archway over the door being a favourite to walk under plus the racing display for being so original.

“Most visitors congratulated everyone who had worked on decorating the church so well to celebrate the 90th birthday of HM the Queen.

“A big thank you to Maggie Jans and the team for decorations; volunteers who stewarded in the church and those who served refreshments across the four days.”

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