It`s wonderful to be able to report that the double celebration at Holy Trinity Church this last weekend of Her Majesty`s Diamond Jubilee and our own Holy Trinity with our first Flower Festival was a tremendous success – so much so that the flower festival remained open for an extra day to ensure all who wished could visit. The following photos to not do justice to the skilled team of flower ladies who, over a period of five months, planned, co-ordinated, designed, built and finally created these sumptuous displays.
Each exhibit was based on a theme chosen by the team member responsible for its design and creation. These ranged from the Titanic, to the Royal Yacht and even included a birthday cake. Visitors were very generous with their donations which will be going to provide funds for future restoration programmes.
My personal favourite was the Titanic exhibit, not because the scale model of this famous cruise liner was so carefully brought to life by the model maker, nor due to the stunning and carefully chosen subtle palette of colours of its accompanying floral display, no, but because the designer had taken so much care to trace historical details of three Madeirenses who were travelling on board to America and had lost their lives in pursuit of a better life… this touch of poignancy was further enhanced by the choice of three small simple house leeks rosettes (Sempervivum crassulaceae) within the display. Those of us lucky to inhabit the northern cliffs of the island are well acquainted with their abundant displays as they follow the sun and end each day gazing towards the horizon of the North Atlantic where the ship itself met with its sudden demise.
Our own Honorary British Consul Mrs Joy Menezes graciously hosted her own Jubilee tea party on the church lawns on Friday 1st June, and throughout the five day event a team of volunteers manned the kitchens and provided, if sustenance were needed, a steady flow of Jubilee tea, coffee, fruit juice and cakes of myriad designs and flavours to those enjoying the sunshine beneath a panoply of fluttering “union jack” buntings in the glorious setting of the restored church gardens.
Whatever your personal politics, indeed, it was hard to prevent the nostalgia from watering the eye and for those of us who count this Island of Flowers their new home it brought a touch of Old Albion sorely missed. With drooping eyes through the haze of the many visitors and lulled by the sounds of gentle conversations and chink of tea cups, it was easy to imagine the soft thud of leather meeting willow followed by such polite applause as would have completed the picture of a perfect English summer afternoon.
Here is the (almost) full company of Flower Festival volunteers about to enjoy a special celebration lunch given by the chaplain and church council:
…and here is the team that designed and built the wonderful individual flower displays :
Note: A special “thank you” celebration for the other members of the Festival team Jim and Val Thwaites who were unable to be with us for the group photos or lunch has been arranged following their return from a well deserved holiday in the UK later in the month.