The Bolsover Church of St Mary and St Laurence held a very successful Flower Festival from Friday to Monday, July 12 to 15.
Generous sponsors from local businesses, community organisations, schools, friends and church congregation in memory of loved ones had ensured that this year’s event organised by churchwarden Sue Abbott, and floral art arrangements co-ordinated by Mrs Jill Smith and her very hard working team were outstanding.
All 30 imaginative ‘Show Stopper’ themed arrangements featured various past and present musicals and shows from the West End and Broadway. Visitors enjoyed all the displays ranging from those of the schoolchildren, Scouts and Cubs spotlighting: ‘Jungle Book’, ‘Wizard of Oz’, ‘Lion King’, and ‘Shrek’ to the most sophisticated ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ arranged on behalf of the Bolsover Civic Society by Ann Joyce, Diana Newey and Ann King. They also arranged, ‘Evita’ on behalf of Dr Spencer and Partners and Cancer Research. Further, ‘The King and I’ and the suave, deco ‘Top Hat,’ both sponsored and arranged by Val Duke, ‘Chess’ arranged by the choir, and ‘Moulin Rouge’ arranged by Jill Smith on behalf of Garden Flair and the congregation were most professional. The fun and enjoyment of musical theatre were reflected in ‘Sister Act’ arranged by Beryl Gouldthorpe, ‘Hairspray’ sponsored by Oasis Florist, Debonair and the congregation, ‘Starlight Express’ sponsored and arranged by the Bolsover Inner Wheel, and in ‘Barnum’, high-wire walking over the pews, sponsored by the Bolsover Townswomen’s Guild and arranged by Jean Hempsall. Religious themed shows were reflected in ‘Joseph’ by the Children’s Ministry, ‘Godspell’ by the Serving Team and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ sponsored and arranged by the Mothers Union. The ever popular ‘Grease’ sponsored by Louise Sutton and J.A. Ogden, ‘South Pacific’ sponsored by St John’s Ambulance, ‘Cats’ sponsored by G.Woodhead, ‘We Will Rock You’, sponsored by S. Pledger, ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, arranged by Sue Abbott, sponsored by Riley’s, ‘Mary Poppins’, sponsored by the Bolsover Cruise Club, ‘Phantom of the Opera’ arranged in loving memory of Rose Page of Page’s Decorators, and ‘Singing in the Rain’ sponsored by Bolsover Rotary Club were all most imaginative interpretations. ‘Guys and Dolls’ sponsored by Stubbins and Hope, ‘Billy Elliot’ sponsored by Bolsover Fruit and Veg, ‘Wicked’, and ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ arranged by T. Wilson Estate Agents and the pew end arrangements by Blanche Heath and friends were all beautifully arranged.
On Friday evening the Shirebrook Unison Brass Band played ‘Melody of Broadway’ and a selection of show themes as part of their wide, enjoyable repertoire. On Saturday, the piano music provided by Ian Bromley reflected the theme of the festival and the individual floral displays.
By popular demand, Rachel Abbott and Rachel Gouldthorpe sang a selection of songs from the shows, to entertain the visitors while they sampled refreshments, prepared by members of the Mothers Union or viewed the displays and photographic exhibition by the Bolsover Camera Club or bought raffle tickets.
On the Sunday afternoon Frank Berry gave a most inspired church organ recital.
In the evening the vicar, the Rev Rachel Gouldthorpe led ‘Songs of Praise’ including favourite hymns chosen by the congregation.
On Monday visitors enjoyed the recorded music before watching the drawing of the raffle for over 60 Prizes. The vicar thanked everyone who had attended the flower festival and had contributed to its success. She closed the event with prayers.