Coldstream church’s final Flodden festival

Caroline Douglas-Home and Alison Minter at Coldstream Flower Festival, the last of the Flodden Flower Festivals
Caroline Douglas-Home and Alison Minter at Coldstream Flower Festival, the last of the Flodden Flower Festivals

The eighth and final Flodden Flower Festival at St Mary’s & All Souls Church in Coldstream also celebrates the church’s centenary.

In 1897 the corrugated iron, private chapel at the Hirsel estate was taken down and given by Lord Home to Coldstream’s Episcopalian residents as a place of worship, on the understanding that seating was free.

Re-built on land owned by Lord Haddington on the road to Lennel it became known as the ‘Tin Tab’but was so draughty that after 13 years of saving, enough money had been raised for it to be dismantled and the foundation stone of the new building laid in 1913.

St.Mary was the dedication of the Cistercian Priory of ‘Sancte Marie de Caldestrem’ Saint Mary of Coldstream by the Earl of Dunbar in around 1150, which was burned to the ground in 1542 by Henry VIII’s troops and finally dissolved in 1621; and the ruined mediaeval Chapel at Lennel.

The name of the church is also a reminder of the 1513 Battle of Flodden as ‘All Souls’ refers to the Scottish dead at Flodden.

St Marys and All Souls Flower Festival reflects the changing seasons of the year and includes an exhibition of the church’s artefacts.

The church will be open to the public on Saturday, October 26, to Monday, October 28 - the festival weekend culminating in a visit by the Bishop of Edinburgh to celebrate the church’s centenary with a Eucharist service.

Caroline Douglas Home, secretary of the vestry at St Mary’s, said: “We are very glad to have been asked to be the closing flower festival and it has become a truly community event.

“St Mary’s really is the perfect platform to commemorate, through floral displays, two events that meant so much to the people of Coldstream.”

Alistair Bowden, project co-ordinator for the 1513 Project explains: “Everyone is very much looking forward to seeing the Coldstream Flower Festival as this is the culmination of what has been a fantastic way to commemorate such an important milestone.”

The festival will be open: Saturday, October 26 – 10am to 4pm; Sunday, October 27 – 12.30pm to 4pm; Monday, October 28 – 10am to 7pm finishing with the Service of Eucharist. Entry by donation.

Flower festivals have taken place at Ford, Ancroft, Ladykirk, Crookham, Norham, Kirk Yetholm and Branxton.