Monxton holds Flower Festival
21 Jun 2009
Flowers in St Mary's Church
Flowers in St Mary's Church
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Lou Scott Joynt GY Clarissa Russell Bishop of Winchester
Lou Scott Joynt GY Clarissa Russell Bishop of Winchester
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The Monxton Flower Festival was held on June 20th and June 21st, raising thousands of pounds for St Mary's Church, Monxton, and for Kingfisher Ward at Andover Hospital.

The Festival was opened by the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Ian Hibbert at 11 o'clock on Saturday June 20th, and the Salvation Army Band played at the church on Sunday afternoon.

The Festival comprised a classic car show on Sunday, with vintage cars owned both by local residents, and some loaned for the day by Lord Montague of Beaulieu.

"The 1904 De Dion Bouton was a marvellous car, and one I had never seen before. There were also Rolls Royces, Aston Martins, and an Austin Healey, like the one I had when I was a young man."

Residents in Monxton opened their gardens, and on the village green there were stalls, duck races, a coconut shy and cream teas.

The village hall had an art exhibition, and the Bishop of Winchester declared the winning picture to be Frosty Path by Clarissa Russell.

"The festival organiser, Robert Davies, did a fantastic job in laying on the festival, and he was presented with a glass tankard by the Bishop of Westminster after the Service of Thanksgiving at 5.30pm on Sunday. A glass goblet was also presented to Jane Weston, who managed the display of flowers in the church. The church was decorated with floral arrangements, each one taking the theme of a well known hymn. The Bishop of Winchester preached at the service, and he was accompanied by his wife, Lou Scott-Joynt."
 
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