St Mary's Church Flower Festival 2017

A really special week - wonderful displays from the community, huge support from the community, and a lovely way for the church and community to come together.  For all the images from the week please look at our gallery.


The Richmond community and particularly St. Mary's Church will be giving a warm welcome, hospitality and much pleasure and entertainment to the many visitors who we hope to join us in June for our Flower Festival. Yet again we will be demonstrating what a resourceful and energetic community we live in, the great talent we have amongst us and the fun we can have when we all work together creating new happy and treasured memories. The aim of the festival is to represent the activities of each  particular group exhibiting through the medium of flowers.


The festival kicks off with a preview event on  Friday 9 June 2017 18.30 -21.00. The new Richmond Mayor, Stuart Parsons will be launching the event. Tickets can be obtained from The Flower Studio, Finkle Street and Castle Bookshop, Castle Hill. At a cost of £5 per ticket, this includes and glass of wine and lite bite on entry.


You have the opportunity to see the floral displays freshly arranged and sit and listen to Richmond memoir writer Caroline Brannigan who captures the extraordinary stories of ordinary people. Over a series of meetings she helps them to tell their life story to her, then writes the memoir and produces a set of books with photos for family and friends. (


Following this you will have the opportunity to watch a floral demonstration by a freelance floristry design service with a little something else mixed in! Based just outside Richmond, NAFAS demonstrator Lucy Hutton-Smith. Inquisitive and loves to see what's new and exciting in the world of flowers and design she follows the trends and has a great passion for re inventing things from odds and ends commonly called up-cycling!. A most inspiring demonstrator who will provide you with many ideas that you will want to rush of and try yourself whether you are new to flower arranging or a seasoned professional. (


The events main sponsor is The Flower Studio, Finkle Street. At The Flower Studio they specialise in the best quality flowers available, and buy direct from the Dutch auctions as well as supporting the British flower growers during the season.  Jean and Emma have many years of floristry experience; for the last ten years Jean traded as Elise Wedding Flowers, specialising in wedding and event flowers, providing flowers for hundreds of weddings at most of the venues in Yorkshire. They are assisted by Danielle who joined the team as a trainee florist shortly after they opened.  The shop in Richmond has just celebrated its first successful year of trading, and are pleased to have met and been supported by so many local people.


For younger visitors (16 and under) there will be the opportunity to take part in a Children's Quiz which will test their knowledge of the church and the flower arrangements. All answers will be found in St. Mary's Church where entry forms will be available and there will be three book token prizes of £20, £15 and £10 to be won.


A festival would not be a success without the provision of tea and cakes and we are pleased to announce that Swale WI are providing the refreshments for the  Preview Evening and St. Mary's Mothers Union will be tempting us all with their delicious variety of cakes on Saturday 10 June between 10.00 and 16.00. A treat not to be missed as you will need to refresh yourself during and after viewing the exhibits.


The festival rounds off with a Service of Thanks Giving on Sunday 18 June at 18.30 when we will all come together to give thanks for the fun, friendship and beauty of the country side and flowers that surround us in this beautiful part of Yorkshire.


The Flower Festival will, of coarse, be relying on support from sponsors as well as ticket sales and donations. Sponsors will have an opportunity to publicise their business and will be invited to the Preview evening. If you would like to be involved, know a business that would like to be involved, donate or sponsor; in whatever capacity, we would love to hear from you.


We look forward to seeing you all in June (9-18) ……..


Please contact:

Katrina Templeton T: 01748 449300 M: 07889220270 email: