Diocesan press releases

Loved ones remembered in flower festival

More than 100 flower arrangements will adorn a South Wales church during its annual Memorial Posy Festival.

Inspired by a visit to a Posy Festival at St Mary’s Church, Tenby, parishioners in Baglan decided to stage a similar event at St Catharine’s Church. Parishioners and members of the community were invited to order posies, window arrangements and flower stands in memory of loved ones with profits going to charity and church funds.

Now in its fourth year the festival will open on Wednesday, November 1, at 2pm and close with a service of Remembrance on Sunday, November 5, at 6pm. The church will be open each day from 2pm to 5.30pm.

The posies and other flower arrangements will be prepared by a team of 30 volunteers with others preparing and placing the memorial cards – which feature the name of the person to be remembered – alongside the displays.

Further volunteers will act as stewards in the church during the five-day festival, and serve teas in the church hall for visitors.

A Memorial Tree will be placed at the front of the nave to allow visitors who had not ordered posies to write the names of their loved ones on specially made labels, to be hung on the tree.

“The church will literally be full of flowers with 118 posies, 13 window arrangements and two flower stands. It will be a sight well worth visiting,” said priest-in-charge, the Revd Steve Jenkyns.

“The whole project creates a wonderful community spirit and has been amazingly popular and well supported since the first year that we ran it,” said parishioner and PCC member June Shakeshaft.

In the last three years the festival has raised £400 – £500 per year. Charities that have benefited have included Macmillan Cancer Support and a local charity for Autistic Young Adults. This year the proceeds will be split between Alzheimer’s Research and the Parish.

Pictures of last year’s festival