As part of Hungerford and District Community Arts Festival (HADCAF) and to coincide with the 200 year anniversary of St. Lawrences Church in Hungerford, a flower festival was held at the church featuring themed displays.
We know Di Loft from the work she does with the Royal British Legion, especially around November, in aid of the Poppy Appeal. Di came into the shop with her friend, Brenda Scarlett and asked if we might be able to help her gather some items for the display. The theme was to be “The British Armed Forces” and I was more than happy to provide her with some items to bring her display to life.
She also met with one of our stallholders, Gary Crook, and was able to persuade him into lending her a few of his own personal items as well. In fact, Gary didn’t take much persuading. He is a military enthusiast, collector and re-enactor and was more than happy to help.
Another participant in the flower festival was a very good friend of the Arcade, Fiona Hobson from local cafe The Tutti Pole.
Fiona’s theme was Hungerford and she was stuck for a way to depict the Common as she had the grass, but no cows to graze on it! We gladly offered her six lead cow figures which really made the scene look lifelike.
The Corn Exchange model you can see in the picture was loaned by Stewart Hofgartner from Below Stairs of Hungerford Antiques. It’s a really beautiful display and we are proud to have been able to help.
Di said “The event was well attended raising much needed money for Church repairs with helpers offering cream teas for visitors to the Church.
The theme for the flower displays by local organisations was to depict a song or hymn and the numerous floral arrangements varied from children’s nursery rhymes through to well known songs to favourite hymns.
The Royal British Legion Hungerford Branch chose ‘Eternal Father’ as their theme and produced a three tier display depicting the three armed forces with accompanying memorabilia kindly loaned by Hungerford Arcade.
Thank you to all contributors, helpers and visitors for making St. Lawrence’s 2016 Flower Festival a fabulous floral success”.