All Saints’ Flower Festival in Milwich was based on the theme ‘100 years of History and the W.I.’. It was organised by members of All Saints’ and the W.I. but many parishioners and village organisations participated.
Four days before the displays were due to be set up there was doubt whether the event would go ahead following damage to the church tower roof. Fortunately, though declared in need of urgent repair, it was deemed not dangerous, so the event was able to proceed. The festival was held over the weekend of the church’s harvest celebrations and the weather was kind.
The flowers outside the entrance of the church really took one’s breath away. Displays included 100 years of the W.I., 100 memories of the pre-school group, 100 years of education from Green Lea, 100 years of games, nursing, horticulture, music, photography, village history, pubs within the parish, baptisms and history of All Saints’.
The Dowager Countess of Harrowby opened proceedings on Saturday and spent the morning there. Councillor Peter Jones, Mayor of Stafford, attended for lunch together with his wife Joy, the Mayoress.
The church looked truly beautiful, reflecting the many hours of hard work by the participants. Many visited from near and far and enjoyed tea, coffee and a selection of home-made cakes. £950 was raised to be shared between the W.I. appeal for new tables for the Village Hall and for All Saints’ tower roof appeal. It was a resounding success all round and a truly memorable weekend.