Village church hosts floral celebrations

One of the most historic churches in St Albans will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of its annual free Flower Festival from Friday September 30th to Sunday October 2nd.

St Leonard’s Church, Sandridge, will be filled with floral creations designed by children, by community groups, by older people – and by the Mayor of St Albans, Sandridge councillor Frances Leonard, who is supplying her own arrangement.

The popular Sandridge knitted village will also be on display, and home-made refreshments will be available throughout the free event.

The theme of this year’s festival is Anniversaries and Celebrations. Arrangements will be on show celebrating England’s football world cup victory, the Olympics, Wimbledon, the Tour de France, and the fifth year running that Jersey Farm’s Woodland Park has won a community green space award.

Christmas, christenings and Easter are among the Christian celebrations being marked at the 900-year-old church.

The Flower Festival will be opened by the Mayor at 11am on Friday September 30th, when children from Sandridge School will be singing.

Rev Peter Crumpler, Curate at St Leonard’s, said: “The Flower Festival is always a major event in the church calendar, drawing many hundreds of people to the church throughout the three days. It’s a very special occasion that brings the whole community together.”

The Flower Festival is open on Friday (September 30th) from 11am to 5pm; on Saturday (October 1st) from 10am to 5pm; and on Sunday (October 2nd) from 11am to 5.30pm. Admission is free.

During the weekend, St Leonard’s will be celebrating Harvest Festival with an all-age service at 10am on Sunday October 2nd, and a Celtic Holy Communion at 6pm.

The Village Voices community choir will be performing in the church at 8pm on Saturday October 1st. Admission £5 at the door.