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2019 Flower Festival - A Celebration of Village Life

Uffington Church St Michael and All Angels Church in Uffington hosted a Flower Festival this Summer, from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June 2019. The event was opened by Bunny Guinness at a special preview on Thursday 27th June. Bunny is a Chelsea Flower Show award winning  landscape architect and a panelist on BBC Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time.

With the help of Stamford Flower Club, the Church was filled with flower arrangements celebrating all aspects of village life: Weddings; Christenings; The Village Hall; The Cricket Club;  Uffington Primary School; Four Seasons Of Farming and The Bertie Arms Pub.

The Church’s Casewick Chapel honoured the Church’s special relationship with the Village School. Children from Uffington Primary School created four large panel paintings depicting their favourite Bible stories, as told and re-enacted by Parishioners during their much loved weekly “Open The Book” sessions. The children also brang in posies from their gardens and local hedgerows, contributing to the display. Foliage and flowers from neighbours at nearby Casewick Hall provided the backdrop to highlight the stunning stained glass windows and stonework in the Chapel. Children who visit during the Flower Festival were invited to make a paper flower, create a floral collage or enjoy a little face-painting ode to Mother Nature.

The Flower Festival also featured the launch of a community archive project, ‘Uffington Growing Together’. Visitors had the opportunity to wear headphones in a quiet corner to  listen to Uffington villagers sharing personal stories of flowers and plants that unlock specific memories.

An interactive Memory Tree in the main Church building, invited visitors to write the name of a departed loved one on a paper leaf and add their leaf to the tree. Additional floral contributions featured thanks to The Flower Club, The Book Club, Copthill School, The Allotments, The Walk and Talk Group, Uffington Scarecrow Festival and G Fest, the annual village festival.

Floral themed cakes, tea, coffee and elderflower cordials were served in the Church Cafe.

Entry to the Flower Festival was free with visitors invited to make a donation upon entry. The proceeds from the Flower Festival will go to Clic Sargent Children’s Cancer Charity and towards the upkeep of St Michael and All Angels Church. Sponsors of this year’s event may be seen here.

Enquiries: Janet Warburton, Event Organiser janetwarburton@live.co.uk

A selection of the flower displays seen over the weekend are below:

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The displays and murals in the Casewick Chapel were created by children from the Uffington Primary School

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Lots of the displays were done by groups or individuals from clubs or sections of the community.

 

The program gave a small description of the 15 group displays inside and 5 others around the outside.

 

A CELEBRATION OF VILLAGE LIFE
28TH – 30TH JUNE 2019
ST MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS CHURCH
UFFINGTON
RAISING FUNDS FOR:
CLIC SARGENT CHILDREN’S CANCER CHARITY
&
THE UPKEEP OF UFFINGTON CHURCH


WELCOME FROM FATHER ARAN
Welcome to the flower festival. I am so pleased that you have taken time to come and look and appreciate all the hard work of so many people. I’ve been with you for 9 months now, so this flower festival has a feeling of new life and birth for me. Look what’s been made for you! The story of a place is not easy to tell. What really makes Uffington tick? What brings us all together? As you travel around the Church and the grounds you get to see and understand more about what goes on. It’s impressive for the simple fact that it’s the community, old and new, that makes it happen. There are so many talents, so much generosity.
I thank all those involved, especially those who don’t want to be named! It is said it is incredible what you can achieve if you don’t want to take the credit. I hope that everyone who visits can see that our Church is just one of the many important places in the village and one where everyone is welcome. If what you see makes you think about how you can get involved in any of the village’s activities then please ask. Just imagine what we can
all achieve if more people get involved. Fr Aran


1. VILLAGE WEDDINGS – THE CHURCH PORCH
Weddings in Medieval times took place in the porch of the church – these were the equivalent of our civil services of today, couples could then have a Christian blessing in the Chancel of the Church. The first recorded marriage dates from 1813 between James Wood and Ann Otter.
Since then 553 marriages have taken place in our parish church.
The current church porch was restored in 1866 as part of the major restoration commissioned by the 10th Earl of Lindsey.


2. BAPTISMS – THE FONT
To symbolise the start of your journey in the Christian faith, fonts are sited at the doorway to the church. The first recorded baptism in our church is that of James Gray in 1799. Since then 2,115 baptisms have taken place. Our font dates from 1864 and is made of local limestone and marble, a popular material during the Victorian age;
 it was a gift of the 10th Earl of Lindsay.
The flower arrangement to the right of the font celebrates the CLIC
Sargent Charity, for which this event is jointly raising funds.


3. THE VILLAGE PUB - THE BERTIE ARMS
Dating from 1681, The Bertie Arms, a grade two listed building, is one of the oldest buildings in our village. It is also one of the oldest public houses in the country. Named after the Bertie family who lived in Uffington House, the building is unique as it has only ever been a public house.
Today it is owned and managed by James and Katie Genever, a 4th generation village family. In recent years the pub has re-established itself in the heart of the community.


4. THE BELL RINGERS
Our bell tower dates from 1480, and like most of our church has been
restored and modified over the centuries. Tobie Norris of Stamford
founded bells 3, 4, 5 and 6 in 1640, with two additional bells added in
the 1890s. The site of Tobie Norris’ foundry can still be seen in
Stamford, where the Tobie Norris public house offers the opportunity
to view some amazing architecture. When outside the church take
time to admire the flying buttresses.


5. THE BOOK CLUB
Established in 2017 the book club has around 30 members and meets monthly at The Bertie Arms. Each month a member of the group chooses a book for the group to review. Over the past two years a broad repertoire of books have been reviewed, discussed and enjoyed.


6. THE CRICKET CLUB
Established in 1858, the Cricket Club has played on various grounds within the village. Today the club is thriving thanks to its inclusive strategy. Over 50 local children play in our four junior teams, our ladies team competes in both summer and winter competitions, and our three senior teams represent us in the local leagues.


7. THE WAR MEMORIAL
A fine marble memorial commemorates the 14 men who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914-18; at the time the population of the village would have been around 500. Four war graves are also commemorated in the churchyard.


8. THE VILLAGE HALL
Originally a family home, the Village Hall was bequeathed to the village by Arthur Sells in 1928. Volunteers now run this charming hall with gardens. It offers a range of activities: keep fit/ well-being classes; quiz nights and parties; lectures and parish meetings, making it central to village life.
It is the only thatched village hall in Lincolnshire.


9. THE MEMORY TREE
Celebrate your memories by adding to our memory tree.


 10. THE CHANCEL AND ALTAR
Summer Glory – In recognition of the long standing Trollope family association with our church, Hugh and Barbara Trollope of Casewick, have kindly sponsored the two arrangements by the Chancel steps.
Our Victorian pulpit is decorated with an interpretation of the ancient Japanese floral art of Ikebana.
The Chancel was built in the 14th century in the period of decorative architecture. The oldest stone in the Church can be seen on the south wall near the Altar, the arch over the piscine is of Norman origin.
Take a moment to sit and listen to "Uffington Growing Together", short audio stories that capture flower-inspired memories from some of our parishioners.


11. OPEN THE BOOK
Open the Book is a weekly activity with the children from the village church school, where parishioners bring to life Bible Stories. This provides a fun and relaxed way for children to learn, and is enjoyed by both the young and old alike.


12. UFFINGTON GROUP
The Uffington Group of Churches covers the seven (ecclesiastical) parishes in the triangle between the market towns of Stamford, Market Deeping and Bourne. These seven parishes are: Barholm; Braceborough; Greatford; Tallington; West Deeping; Wilsthorpe and Uffington.
The Group has existed in its current form since 1995, but the parishes have worked with their neighbours in various different groupings for very many years. Each church is represented here by a specially made cross.


13. THE VILLAGE SCHOOL – CASEWICK CHAPEL
The school was founded in 1848, through a gift of the Lindsey family. Today the school has around 90 pupils and they have a very close link with our Church. The school children have created fantastic artworks celebrating their favourite Bible stories, as told by parishioners at weekly Open The Book sessions. The children also gathered the posies from their gardens and local hedgerows.
The Casewick Chapel was created in the late 15th century, and was the private Chapel of the Trollope family who lived in Casewick Hall (then Manor) from 1621.
The aluminium chandelier was made around 1890. At this time aluminium was a new metal, and the chandelier is unique in Lincolnshire The Chapel today is used for the weekly Open the Book sessions, and the Casewick Café, held every Friday, an ideal place for parishioners, especially parents and pre school children to meet, chat and play.


14. FARMING
Throughout the history of our village farming has played an important role, offering both food and employment to the village. The Bertie, Trollope and Dearsden families originally owned the farmland surrounding our village. Today four families farm this land. To celebrate the farming community, the 4 Norman pillars in the nave are decorated to represent the seasons.


15. KNIT AND NATTER
Meeting weekly the Knit and Natter group also meet at The Bertie Arms. The group provides a great opportunity to chat about what is going on, and provide help and encouragement to those who want to learn new skills.


OUTSIDE THE CHURCH

1. OUR VILLAGE SCARECROW FESTIVAL
Now in its 15th year the Scarecrow Festival takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Parishioners create their Scarecrows, and a trail with a quiz, meanders around the village. The Scarecrow Festival raises funds for the Church, Village Hall and other village groups.


2. COPTHILL SCHOOL
Established in 1969 at Copthill Farm by John and Anne Teesdale, the school is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. Starting as a nursery school, around the kitchen table, the school now has 300 pupils aged 2-11, and is situated in open countryside.


3. THE VILLAGE ALLOTMENTS
The allotment land, owned by the Parish following the enclosure act of 1794, was previously a stone pit, providing stone for the upkeep of the village roads. Today there are 16 allotments, with local families growing their own vegetables, fruit and flowers.


4. THE WALK AND TALK GROUP
Established in 2011 the Walk and Talk group meet on the 1st Friday of every month to walk and chat in the local countryside. Pre planned routes are between 4 – 6 miles long. New walkers and friendly dogs are always welcome. See Uffington.org for more details.


5. G-FEST
G-Fest is our village festival. Held annually, the festival is our own mini Glastonbury, with local bands performing over the two nights. We are now in the 5th Year of G- Fest, the festival raises funds for local good causes and to date has donated in excess of £50,000.


OUR THANKS
As with all events like this we have numerous people to thank. The event would not have been possible without the support of our village community who: attended our various fund raising events; donated raffle prizes; baked cakes; donated foliage; created artwork; and who helped make the festival what you see today. We have also been lucky to receive sponsorship and support from numerous businesses,
see here. Finally our friends from the Stamford Flower Club who have also helped ensure our event is a stunning celebration of village life.

We look forward to seeing you at our next event. Thank you.