Flower Festival

The Flower Festival is approaching: Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October.  As a member of the organising committee I can tell you it’s approaching fast … very fast.


What do the words Flower Festival conjure up in your mind? Flowers – yes; the church decorated – yes; anything else? Think again! Focus on ‘festival’ rather than ‘flowers’.


In the run up to the event there are four competitions: photography, poetry, 3D (collage) and making a scarecrow.


Then we have the event itself: there are flowers, of course – flower arrangers from the local area and beyond are coming to create displays on the theme of creation in the beautiful setting of our church, so it should be quite inspiring.


At 7.30pm on Friday we have a concert (get your tickets here) with the Sutton Coldfield Chamber Choir, canapés and a glass of wine during the interval.


Saturday will be quite a day: classic cars in the piazza outside the church, an ark for the children, with animal mask making, face painting and a treasure hunt. The results of the scarecrow, poetry and 3D competitions will be on display.


At 7.00pm on Saturday there is a Festival Dinner (get your tickets here) with Bishop Vesey Grammar School's “Funky Bishops” Jazz Band at the start & poet Rhona Pownall to round off.


Other Sutton schools will be singing in church – on Friday it’s the Shrubbery School, on Saturday it’s Town School.


We are combining the event with our Harvest Festival and on Sunday we will have the Bishop of Aston preaching at the 10.00am Family Service. The event will close with Sing Creation, a service of celebration.


Part of my role in all this was to create a Flyer and a Poster to encapsulate the event! The flyer was not too bad, you can use both sides, but how do you create a Poster that grabs the attention & gives all that detail? I have a better idea – look at the webpage!


Colin Ingley