We celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in fine style at St Nicolas'. Our
Festival of Flowers celebrating 60 years of Anniversaries drew 350 visitors over
three days, and the comment most often heard was 'stunning'. Our talented
designer, Lindsey McGowan, had chosen to interpret 23 anniversaries, some
familiar such as Diamond and Gold, others less so, like Paper, Leather and
Pottery. With her talents and those of her team of eight arrangers, the
beautiful arrangements suited the setting of St Nicolas' extremely well. Jubilee
biscuits and cakes were served, and with a raffle a total of £1486 was raised
for St Nicolas' funds. Well done everyone.
Just two of the wonderful displays at St Nicolas'
From a Visitor
I would just like to extend my thanks on behalf of my mother and myself for
the wonderful floral arrangements and celebration of anniversaries at [St
Nicolas’] Church over the Jubilee weekend. Such a clever idea. The flowers were
just beautiful, colours, so fresh, and displayed with such creativity. Such
talent! I would also like to say the Church looked lovely and the warmth of the
welcome we received was very special. Thank you!
My parents were visiting from Bournemouth (they are Cheltonians by birth!)
staying with me to see my daughter, husband and 4 month old child – their first
great-grandchild, from Leeds. Because of Dad’s poor health we were at home most
of the weekend, but I am so pleased that I heard the item on Radio
Gloucestershire, and said to Mum, “We must go together for an hour.”
She so loved it, as did I! All the arrangements were special, but she was
especially taken with the diamond anniversary display. As they celebrated their
diamond anniversary 2 years ago, it was lovely to see as white flowers are a
favourite. For my part, I love my garden, and just might start to grow more cut
flowers and think about learning more about flower arranging!
Very best wishes to all in your Church community! And thank you again for the
If any parishioners are also from Cheltenham (and old enough!!) Dad may well
have served them ice creams from a Cotswold dairy ice cream van!
Kind regards, Christine Mitchell [née Tartaglia]
If anyone was unfortunate enough to miss The Jubilee Fanfare of Flowers at
St. Nicolas they really missed a treat!
This was an event in which each member of the congregation played a part,
whether holding a coffee morning to raise ‘flower funds’, attending such events,
producing a quiz sheet, or donating most generously to sponsor a particular
The flowers arrived on the Wednesday evening and were placed in
‘cool-storage’ aka the Ladies’ toilet on the cool side of the church (at that
time we were still concerned that the weather would be too warm!!).
When I visited at various times during Thursday and Friday I was impressed by
the overwhelming atmosphere of peaceful purpose, as Lindsey’s team constructed
such delicate and awesome representations of the differing anniversaries.
The catering team produced freshly- baked biscuits and cupcakes throughout
the three days, whilst the stewards welcomed very many visitors, both local and
from further afield.
What a wonderful effort from everyone involved! I even heard someone utter
the words, ‘Next time we could.....’
If you did miss it, then check the photos here.
Jubilee Fanfare at St Nicolas’ Church
During the weekend of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee the church was transformed
by 32 arrangements of flowers. Here is just a small sample.
Top row: Flowers 4th anniversary
arranged by Jeanette Behenna;
Middle row: Ruby 40th by Lindsey McGowan; Cotton 2nd by Sue Bolton;
Sapphire 45th by Lindsey McGowan;
Bottom row: Crystal 15th and Diamond 60th by Lindsey McGowan; Steel
11th by Janet White
For the Sunday of the weekend of celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee,
3rd June, all those who worship at St Nicolas’ were asked to dress in red, white
and blue. It was a joyous occasion. After the service we sang the National
Anthem and stayed in church for some fizz to drink the loyal toast.
Pictures by John White
We would like to thank all those who donated pictures and memories of the
Coronation and other royal events in Prestbury, for the exhibition held on
Monday 4th June. Special thanks to Lynda Hodges and her team for bringing it all
together so beautifully.
Thanks too to all the ladies whose floral creations where greatly admired -
and photographed. The floral arch was a triumph created in wind and rain!
And then – the teas! To say we were unexpectedly busy is an understatement.
Many thanks to all those who baked the delicious cakes and special thanks to
those who mucked in so valiantly on the day and worked so hard to make the event
a great success.
Finally – Many thanks to all those who supported us on the day.
Monday in Prestbury
The sun shone and everyone came to Prestbury. The Burgage and the
Scouts field were filled with stalls, displays and demonstrations. The
Scouts sold out at their Hog Roast stall, and it was squeezing room only in the
pubs. St Mary's church was open for teas.