All things daffodil
All Saints Daffodil Show and Family Festival
Yellow is such a happy colour and that describes All Saints Daffodil Show and Family Festival perfectly. Now in our eighth year, the All Saints Daffodil Show provides a fun day out for all.
Each year All Saints invites the local community to a celebration of all things daffodil. Almost 1500 people poured through the show over the weekend of Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September. Entry was free and the flowers were fabulous.
As well as a Specialist Daffodil Exhibition, we encourage everybody to enter the Daffodil Show with Community Classes such as Best Vase of Flowers, Best Arrangement of Weeds and Colouring Competitions.
Churchill Scholar Gavin Merrington attended this year’s show to talk about stained glass window restoration. Gavin has restored most of All Saints’ windows over a number of years. For the show he removed one of the windows which is yet to be restored and displayed it in the church on a light box. Also in the church was a floral display, and organ recitals on the newly installed 1880 Fincham organ were played by Anne Morgan, Andrew Bainbridge and Fr David O’Neill. In between recitals a cute little carnival organ piped away.
In our beautiful gardens could be found ZooDoo Petting Zoo, kid’s craft, bubble play, treasure hunt, garden market, BBQ, locally made pies, cake stall and Devonshire teas. Live music in the garden was provided by the HOT String Band, Marigolden and Sisongke Community Choir. We also introduced our Labyrinth Project at the show. With so much to do many families attended both days.
Prayers and reading of scripture in thanksgiving for God’s generosity in his creation were offered at the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday afternoon. The Gospel was proclaimed in word and action.
Thanks go to Owen Davies (our daffodil expert) and the many helpers who worked to make the show happen. Members of the worshipping community have grown more deeply into the life of the church through their active participation during this weekend. Members of the community also volunteer to help. Only through the goodwill of these wonderful volunteers and parishioners is the show possible.
Next year’s show will be on 21 and 22 September. Pop it in your calendar now.
Story & photos: Yvonne O’Neill