Petworth community life is told in flowers


A UNIQUE celebration of Petworth told in a series of spectacular flower arrangements is about to be unveiled.

The team from St Mary’s Church who brought life to prose and poetry in four festivals of flowers at Chichester Cathedral are mounting their own flower festival in St Mary’s.

The event is in aid of the Friends of St Mary’s, a charitable trust set up to sustain and enhance the church building for the whole community as a civic and cultural centre.

With this in mind the team decided the theme should be Petworth itself.

“So a ‘celebration of Petworth’ was born and it was enormous fun selecting the subjects of the displays,” said team spokesman Alison Follis.

“In the Nave Petworth’s historic November fair, dating back to 1179, will be presented with modern flair by one group of St Mary’s exceptional team of flower arrangers. Other scenes will reflect the activities of the community including Petworth’s favourite sporting pastimes – cricket, fishing, football, stoolball, tennis (real and lawn!) - allotment gardening, harvest – as a tribute to the surrounding landscape, a cottage garden in honour of the Cottage Museum and Matthew Spriggs will depict Petworth Park on the Rood Screen for generations of walkers.”

Petworth’s Station which for a while transported people and goods and the Coultershaw Beam Pump – that piped water to the town, will both be portrayed. Historic events, music and the arts have displays and there are celebrations of births and marriages.

Tickets are available on the door. Flower festival opening times are: Thursday, August 13 and Friday, 14, 10am–7pm, Saturday, 15, 10am–5pm and Sunday ,16 2pm–5pm (last entry 30 minutes before close).

Ticket are priced £5 with children (accompanied by an adult) aged 12 and under admitted free.

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