This Easter weekend, St Michael & All Angels Church in Ford hosts the first in a series of flower festivals commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.
Flowers will cover the church from the porch to the altar including designs depicting the English flag and Scottish saltire, the Gate to the Battlefield Trail, the Flodden Monument and the Story of the Battle, in the first of a series of eight flower festivals taking place between March and September across the area of the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum.
President of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies Gillian Platt, who creates arrangements for national events, has been working with over 30 church and local community members in planning this visual extravaganza which offers visitors stunning floral displays reflecting ‘peace, healing and reconciliation’. The theme of healing is particularly important and a series of watercolour paintings of medicinal plants by local artist Alyson Reynolds will also be on display.
Local historian Clive Hallam Baker is providing replica weapons and maps of the battlefield to help set the scene; pupils at Ford School have created a display; and the Heatherslaw Mill, which pre-dates 1513, will provide materials including corn.
Heather Pentland, flower festival team member, said: “The entire festival from planning through to the distribution of posters has only been made possible with the help of a huge team of people who have all worked together on the project.
“We are very grateful for the support we have had from arrangers, friends, helpers and very generous sponsors. We hope that visitors to the church will appreciate the floral memorials that have been created especially to remember this important anniversary.”
Alistair Bowden, 1513 Project co-ordinator said: “We are very much looking forward to seeing the flower festival at Ford over the Easter weekend. It really sums up what the Flodden 1515 Project is trying to achieve in bringing a community together to commemorate its heritage.”
The Ford Flower Festival will be open: Saturday, March 30, 10am – 5pm; Sunday, March 31, 12noon- 5pm; Monday, April 1, 10am-5pm; Tuesday, April 2, 10am- 5pm.
Further festivals will take place at: Norham St. Cuthbert’s June 16-19, United Reformed Church, Wooler, July 20-21; Ancroft St. Anne’s, July 26; Ladykirk Church, August 16-18; United Reform Church, Crookham, August 23-26; Kirk Yetholm Church, September 5-8; Branxton St. Paul’s September 8-10.