Flower show is dedicated to the memory of Fergus

Published 20/08/2016 | 00:00

AS the local community marks its 200th anniversary, St John's Church in Hollyfort, north of Gorey, will be filled with colour and scent from August 18 to 21, as a special flower festival takes place.

It will be dedicated to the memory of the late Fergus Hemmingway of Killanne whose untimely death on June 22 deeply shocked and saddened at at St John's.

Fergus was the central organiser of the flower festival, ans members of his family will be invited to open the festival in his memory on Thursday, August 18, at 7.30 p.m.

The fabulous display of fresh flower arrangements by professional and amateur florists from across Wexford will be open for viewing on Friday and Saturday, August 19 and 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, August 21, from 12 midday to 6.30 p.m. Canon Mark Hayden will then lead Songs of Praise at 7 p.m. to close the festival.

Each arrangement will depict a hymn or carol. All are welcome to view the display, and refreshments will be served in the old school.

A spokesperson for the organisers said that the flower festival is primarily a fundraiser but the secondary benefits will be just as important.

It will be a chance for the residents of this small community to meet, and will bring well-wishers and the curious out to see the work carried out recently in the village and of course the beautiful flower arrangements.

There will also be various events over the weekend including a monster dog show and dancing at the crossroads.

This is the first flower festival at the church in nearly 30 years. The committee has been very busy, with recent works including a new car park and a new toilet at the church. The old school has also been spruced up, and funds raised will go towards these and other works.

For more information on the flower festival, contact Noeleen Grannel on 086 3230561.

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