|Carpet of Flowers in Holy Family Church, Reigate|
Ann Lardeur reports - “WOW” was the word heard most often as people entered Holy Family Church, Reigate, and saw the magnificent carpet of flowers down the aisle, the centre piece of a magnificent flower festival for the last weekend in June. Designed by Michèle Damer and Linda Corcoran from the Reigate Flower Team, who also organised the festival, it was created from more than 300 boxes of plants and flowers grown by a local nursery. Chrysanthemums, carnations, roses and hydrangea heads created intricate patterns including the logo of the Parish of the Nativity of the Lord, Keys of St Peter and the Sword of St Paul celebrating the Feast of St Peter & St Paul on the 29th.
Floral arrangements interpreting hymns or biblical verses were made by flower ladies St. Teresa’s, Merstham and St. Joseph’s Rehill, and from Mill Church and St Mark’s Church in Reigate and Redhill United Reformed Church.
Fr Chris Spain said: “It was one of those heart-stopping moments because when you saw the carpet, it was breathtaking. It was a lovely atmosphere with people enjoying themselves and reflecting on the beauty of creation.” Michèle added “The festival was beyond our wildest expectations. The talent people have is fantastic and the view of the carpet from the organ loft is quite spectacular.
Lunches and cream teas were on offer too, and there were also recitals in the church performed by parishioners. There were in excess of 400 visitors, some coming several times to bring friends, and others travelling a fair distance to enjoy the experience.
Some £1,700 has been raised for the new parish centres at Redhill and Reigate, with donations still coming in.