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The first ever Liskeard Flower and Music Festival was held from 29 – 31 August 2015.
The theme of the weekend was that of bringing the church and the community together. There were concerts in St Martin’s church on the Saturday and Sunday nights, and the church was open to see the flower displays all weekend, with a community service at 10:30am on Sunday 30th.
Many people pulled together, and pooled their resources, talents and time to stage the Flower and Music Festival at St Martin's Church in Liskeard, that not even an attempted theft could spoil it. Tony Ingleby said, 'We wanted to do something to get people into church, to catch the rumour of God, to look at the beauty of creation and the gifts God has given us.' And talking about the attempted theft he said, 'There was so much lovely stuff happening that it couldn't spoil it. God was doing good things.'
The majority of us felt this had been a worthwhile event bringing Church and Community together. Many people came who had either not been in the church before or had come as they had either been married, sung in the choir or similar. THE FLORAL EXIBITS were fabulous! Not everything was going on in the Church, down in the Hall, there was an Art Competition with local schools, Photographic display and of course refreshments.
Themes from the flower festival included youth / education, in a display arranged by Jean Woodman & Carol Bryant from Looe Flower Club, and sponsored by Solomons. The display included some lovely features, including the “teacher” owl and young owl.
Music, arranged by Janet Pugh from Looe Flower Club and sponsored by the Cornish Times, was a real extravaganza, taking up most of the corner near the organ pipes. As well as a series of standalone arrangements, a trail of music score wove through the whole display, which also incorporated a guitar, two violins, a ukulele and a tambourine.
Country Market: was put together by Jill Orme from Liskeard Flower Club, and was sponsored by the WI and Beddoes greengrocers.
A flower display representing Sport in Liskeard was arranged by Christine Smith and the Looe Flower Club; it included a football and a pair of badminton rackets with shuttlecocks replaced some of the flowers in the main display. The sports arrangement was sponsored by the Liskeard Con Club.
As well as a host of flower arrangements depicting different aspects of life in and around Liskeard there were two concerts. Jonathan Delbridge was joined by other musicians and a combined choir on the Sunday evening to bring music from Haydn, Rutter, Bach and others. St Martin’s fantastic organ played an integral part in the flower festival. It was used to accompany the very successful concert and was played more-or less continually by guest organists whilst visitors looked around the church and its displays. The soft, subtle sounds were able to produce a perfect atmosphere as background to the event.
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