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Prestbury Parish Magazine

July / August 2012  -  Part 2


Cover photograph:
 Jessie's Festive Hat
by  John White



Jubilee Fanfare

Jubilee Sunday in St Nicolas’

Jubilee Celebrations at St Mary’s

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Prestbury

July /August Magazine    Part 1

Jubilee Fanfare

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.

Janet White



Just two of the wonderful displays at St Nicolas' Church


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 warm welcome.

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]



Jubilee Fanfare

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 display.

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.

Janet Ford




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


Jubilee Sunday in St Nicolas’

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


Jubilee Celebrations at St Mary’s - A Big Thank You

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.

Diane Singleton


The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Prestbury

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.



Prestbury Parish Magazine - July / August 2012


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