St. Laurences - 54th Flower Festival 2018

Date:24 Aug 18
Time: 18:00 to 20:00
Location: St. Laurences Church

2018 sees the centenary of the founding of the Diocese of Coventry and in recognition of this the chosen theme for our 54th Flower Festival is “Reconciliation”. Around the church there will be 27 different displays on the subject. These include ‘The Cross of Nails’, ‘The whole creation join in one’, ‘Judge eternal throned in splendour’, ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Thy Kingdom come’.


Photographs of the 2017 festival. For report go to

The festival will, start on Friday 25th August at 6 p.m. and then at 7 p.m. there will be a short service of dedication. The church will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Sunday services will be 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion and 6.30 p.m. Evensong. The festival will close with a service of thanksgiving at 6.30 p.m. on the Monday evening. 


Throughout the festival there will be refreshments in the Annexe, the produce stall will be in the church yard as well as the raffle for the fruit cake. On Monday afternoon Ansley Morris will be performing, weather permitting, in the churchyard.  The weather for the 2017 festival was perfect, lots of lovely warm sunshine and many were able to sit in the churchyard with refreshments and enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside.


As in previous years, there will be an opportunity to lay a stone on the pile and leave your burdens, or put a flower in an arrangement as a thanksgiving, or place a prayer in the prayer jar. These prayers will be brought to God during the thanksgiving service.


As for many years we will be supporting the Nuneaton Hospital League of Friends, and the Acorns Children’s Hospice as well as raising money for church funds. Entrance will be free, but we do say “Please place a gift here not only to thank God for the joy of the Flower Festival, but for all the joys that God has brought to you.”


A few comments from our visitor’s book about the 2017 festival

“Wonderful as ever” J E

“Beautiful, very well done, lovely work everyone.” A B

“Absolutely beautiful a lot of work gone into this.” N H.


“Stunning displays. Thank you.” B & J

 “WelI done!! Inspiring and impressive. C & A B

“Very moving; I have been to many Art galleries and was Very impressed by the Art here!! T P

“Love the way you have interpreted Biblical material – beautiful flowers and appreciated the Christian message.” C & A F


Ever since the Flower Festival started back in the 1960s, the main purpose of the event has been to bring the Christian message to all who come.               

Knowing well the Voice of Flowers                                                and the love of God which causes                                                them to bring so much beauty into                                            the world,  we at Ansley have tried,                                            through successive festivals, to                                                    share with all who care to come                                                this beauty, pleasure and friendship,                                          as we portray with flowers our                                                   interpretation of the Bible.

Words found in the notes of the late Mrs Truelove, who started the Flower Festival in Ansley.


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