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Community Flocks To Flower Festival
The local community came out in force to enjoy three days of flowers, fun and food at the Pembridge Flower Festival held on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend at St Mary’s Church. Supported by a grant from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust, the event proved to be a real winner.
Money is available from the Community Trust for projects involving conservation of the environment, biodiversity, health and fitness of young people or road safety. To get the funding, the arrangements for the festival were made from locally sourced flowers, encouraging people to get out in their gardens and improve biodiversity, whilst also helping to cut carbon emissions and support local growers.
Being limited to local flowers by no means meant a lack of variety, with modern, minimalist styles rubbing shoulders with traditional cottage garden arrangements and wildflowers. There was even a display in the colours of the show’s benefactors, Kingspan.
One of the organisers, Mrs J Thomas, said: “It was a brilliant community event, with something for everyone. The church services were packed, the displays were stunning and we had different entertainment every day. We started on the Friday evening with the school choir joining forces with OK Chorale, a local singing group; we had concerts from the Hereford Police Choir, the Knighton Silver Band and the Hereford Big Band. In fact, there was music of all kinds; we even had a Ceilidh band playing in the background while people enjoyed the wonderful displays of flowers.”
If the flowers alone were not enough, work from local schools could be viewed in the belfry and added to the community feel, and there was a variety of stalls selling all sorts of locally produced wares, from cakes through to hats. Refreshments were also available and ranged from cream teas to barbecues, going down well with people of all ages as they made the most of the glorious sunshine.
Kingspan Community Trust chairman, John Garbutt commented “This is a great example of what the Community Trust was set up for: people having the opportunity to enjoy and learn about their natural environment, give a helping hand to biodiversity in the area and support local endeavour. We look forward to seeing the heritage display come to fruition, and hope there will be many more community events like the Pembridge Flower Festival.”