Feckenham Flower and Garden Festival 2012
To see photographs from this year's festival please click here.
again we awoke to the sound of rain the morning after this year’s Festival. What
a success the weekend was but what a challenge!
mild sunny March followed by late frosts and weeks of heavy rain resulted in
waterlogged fields and the cancellation of events all over the country. Our
garden owners struggled on in the most challenging and inclement conditions,
the car parking fields became increasingly saturated and then BBC Gardeners’
World confirmed that they would be filming the event!
11th May: the delightful BBC crew, Patty, Gary, Gordon and Robin
arrived to film the anxiety, trepidation and preparations for the Festival. Two
days were spent filming around the village and gardens - all to be edited into
a five minute slot to be shown in the Gardeners’ World Jubilee programme on the
12th May: An early start, filming of preparations on The Square began
at 8am. Hurrah, what a relief...... the rain had stopped and the sun was
shining! Visitors arrived in their dozens from all over the country (as far
away as West Sussex and Devon and some from overseas) and were directed to park
in the Festival car park which was slowly drying out.
13th May: the film crew had departed, an early morning cut in the
field enabled us to extend the car park and the sun continued to shine.
many months of hard work a record 36 gardens opened to visitors. I am extremely
grateful to all those who so generously agreed to open their gardens and for
their enthusiasm, hard work and support.
again the Flower Group rose to the challenge to produce another outstanding
Flower Festival - on the theme of ‘With hearts and hands and voices’ -
supplemented by music and our wonderful choirs.
WI were magnificent, as usual, in providing sustenance for our visitors
throughout the weekend together with a warm and friendly welcome in the Village
Hall. This was supplemented by the hugely successful pig roast and BBQ at the
Catholic Church and Pimms, strawberries and cream at the Village Shop.
Square was busy both days with numerous stalls and ice cream sales - many
thanks to all the stall holders who have contributed to our funds.
sixteen hundred visitors came to the Festival during the weekend and a total of
just under £7,000 was raised for the maintenance fund of our 12th
Century Parish Church.
such a successful weekend we are all looking forward to the next Festival in
May 2015 when we hope to welcome new and returning visitors once again.