As part of St Joseph’s celebration of 100 years, flower arrangers from the parish and other local Churches came together to celebrate this special occasion. The festival provided a unique opportunity to express St Joseph’s history through a variety of different floral tributes.
The children from St Joseph’s school made a lovely model of the church and were very proud their work was included. Other arrangers displayed a range of topical tributes representing the local Polish, Italian and Irish Communities. Many exhibits characterised Justice and Peace, the Music and Caring groups, the historic mining community and the Lourdes pilgrimages. In addition, members of other local Churches made excellent floral designs for the festival.
Many parishioners gave generously of their time and effort in preparing a wonderful weekend of flowers on 7-8 May, when the church doors were opened to all members of the local community. A number of volunteers took visitors around the display retelling the story of the 100 years parish history. The festival was very well attended throughout the weekend and visitors were invited to make a donation towards the Remembrance Garden.
Margaret O’ Rourke said, “There was a lot to do but we had an army of volunteers who worked hard and knew exactly what they had to do.” Gratitude is expressed to so many, especially Maria Paton, Mary Gilgrass, Diane Harron, Chris Parrott, Marie Cape, Pat Henstock, Shauna Hilton and Siobhan.
There was also an arrangement to celebrate 45 years of Dinnington Floral Arts Society. One of the former founders, Marjorie Holling, was remembered as a source of inspiration and guidance for all those currently volunteering as parish flower arrangers.