The beautiful St Andrew’s Church in Tarring has always been known for its stunning floral decorations.
Members of the public were given the chance to share in the creativity at the Tarring in Bloom Flower Festival from Friday to Sunday.
Celebrating the theme Life of Tarring in Bloom, the flower festival was put together by the church’s excellent team of flower ladies.
Joyce Matthews and Peggy Chandler lead the enthusiastic team, who get busy every Friday morning creating displays for the church. Joyce is trained as a florist and the team includes some very experienced flower arrangers.
The Flower Festival was the idea of Father Mark Lyon, priest-in-charge of St Andrew’s. Father Mark Lyon is keen to make the church an integral part of the community and hopes to develop a programme of concerts, events and services which people of the whole parish can enjoy.
The annual Tarring Market was held on Saturday at the Old Palace, in Glebe Road, Tarring. There was music from Worthing Silver Band, stalls, children’s activities, refreshments and a grand draw, raising money for the church and other charities.
Brenda McCurdie, one of the readers, said: “Recent roof problems have necessitated extensive repairs, which were completed just in time for the market. We were delighted that the flower festival was so well attended. It was good to see flower displays by church members and members of the community side by side.”
“St Andrew’s is a busy church with a large congregation, always delighted to welcome visitors. Through the summer it is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2.30pm to 4pm.”
Flower displays have been sponsored by businesses and organisations of the parish, including shops, schools, surgeries, scouts and others.
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