St. Mary’s Flower Group
St Mary’s has an active team of experienced and enthusiastic flower arrangers. We provide arrangements for regular weekly services as well as whole church displays for the major Christian Festivals e.g. Christmas, Easter etc.
We welcome both novice and experienced flower arrangers to join the team. Flowers are provided and we can offer help for beginners. Arrangements are usually done on a Friday and we operate a rota to enable arrangers to choose how much time they would like to commit, which may be as little as once or twice a year. All you need to bring is a pair of scissors/secateurs and your enthusiasm.
If you are interested in finding out more please contact Jane Partridge, the Co-ordinator of the Flower Group, by email:email@example.com.
Details of the various options for Wedding Flowers we can offer, and also about our Workshops and Festivals are given in separate sections further down this page. Please scroll down for further information.
A sample gallery of arrangements for key Church Festivals (e.g. Christmas, Easter, Patronal (St. Mary’s) and Harvest), and to Commemorate National Events e.g. Coronation Day, Remembrance) is below:
Our experienced and enthusiastic team of Flower Arrangers also love to create pedestal arrangements, both modern and traditional, for weddings. The team does not charge for their time, only the cost of the flowers, and we are unable to make bridal bouquets or button holes.
For further information about costings and arrangements, and to ensure flowers are ordered in time and to avoid disappointment, please discuss your flower requirements at least a month in advance with the flower co-ordinator Mrs Jane Partridge by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A sample gallery of arrangements we have provided for previous couples is below:
FESTIVALS AND WORKSHOPS
We organise a regular Charity Flower Festival held on average every five years with our regular volunteer arrangers for the Church being joined by guest arrangers to install stunning pieces of floral art in every corner.
The latest Festival, held in September 2023, was inspired by the theme “For the Beauty of the Earth”. Funds raised from visitor donations, raffle tickets and the sale of programmes and refreshments raised £1600 for each of two local charities chosen by the arrangers: BBOWT (Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust) and Liberty’s Legacy (a special fund of the Bone Cancer Research Trust in memory of local teenager Liberty Schurer). Liberty was known personally to several of the arrangers’ families, who were pleased to honour her memory by including her favourite butterflies amongst the arrangements.
We also hold occasional floral workshops, and mini-festivals, where we encourage those with flower arranging experience or none to join us to learn new techniques and then share our work with visitors. The last workshop/mini-festival was held in May 2022 to celebrate the installation of our new Rector.
The gallery below shares some images taken from our Flower Festivals and Workshops.