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MORLAND FLOWER FESTIVAL
Sat 18th and Sun 19th July
Visit Morland Church and Village Hall
from 12 to 4pm each day
Morland church became a hive of colourful activity and the creative skills of many people ...
... are being called upon in the production of this flower festival ...
... some of the exhibits needed to be seen to be believed.
Sunflowers welcomed you in
and a host of other plants and creative ideas filled every corner of the church
featuring various arrangements all presenting a portrait of Morland
The industrious people commenced work on the Wednesday and everything was ready ...
for the grand opening and celebrations on Friday evening.
Visitors from local villages and beyond came to see the church and spectacular flower displays.
The Sunday morning service with music by the church group
.. provided another dimension to the worship and added much to the spirit of the Christenings that took place
Portrait of our Parish - Morland Flower Festival
After Friday's deluge the fine weekend brought visitors flocking to St Lawrence Church Morland
for the Flower Festival, 'Portrait of our Parish'.
At the opening ceremony on Friday evening a special cake was cut by Catherine Alexander ,
a trustee of the Cumbria Community Foundation and Jean Scott, chair of the Festival committee.
The cake was made and beautifully decorated by Rosemary Irvin to celebrate the Foundation's 10th Anniversary Fund
which had made a grant to Morland towards the event.
Saturday saw a steady stream of visitors viewing the magnificent displays
which the arrangers had worked on for three days under the expert eye of organiser Patti Dawson.
This was followed in the evening by a concert 'Music for a Summer Evening' organised by David Jones
which featured local musicians who also provided music over the weekend in church.
On Sunday morning at the well attended Family Communion Service
the congregation welcomed two babies who were baptised,
Jasmine Anne Harrison and Ptolemy John Evans. The church was then open again to visitors.
There were twenty-one special floral arrangements each of which represented a different aspect of life or activity in the parish.
Every window and spare area was filled with wonderful flowers which gave an imaginative interpretation
of a different aspect of community life in this rural parish of Morland, Newby, Sleagill and King's Meaburn.
Many visitors commented on how many things were going on in the villages.
Lunches and cream teas were served to visitors in the Village Hall by a team led by Cathleen Lisle and Judith Lightburn.
While refreshments were being served there was an opportunity to watch a visual presentation of village scenes and events
shown by local photographer Mike Billing.
There was also a Treasure Hunt around Morland which was won by Dot Bell and family;
a competition to guess the birthday of Tufty,
the topiary squirrel in the churchyard which was won by Kath Makinson
who chose the date 8th June, and a quiz which has still to be judged.
The organisers report that it was a most successful event which worked to bring together so many members of the community
who were involved in arranging flowers, catering or stewarding,
a generous number of local sponsors and of course those who came to view the festival.
It has also raised a substantial sum to help to maintain the fabric of the beautiful church of St Lawrence
which has been at the centre of village life for over a thousand years.
Report by Jean Scott