Flower festival at Boxgrove Priory

Jean Collyer organiser of the forthcoming Boxgrove Flower Festival, left, with Pat Saunders, co-ordinator outside Boxgrove Priory Church admiring the Judas tree blossom. Picture by Kate Shemilt. C130754-1
Jean Collyer organiser of the forthcoming Boxgrove Flower Festival, left, with Pat Saunders, co-ordinator outside Boxgrove Priory Church admiring the Judas tree blossom. Picture by Kate Shemilt. C130754-1
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FLOWERS at Boxgrove will see the village’s priory blooming this month.

Numerous arrangers will help to set the colourful scene, which has been organised by Jean Collyer, a volunteer at the priory.

“We’re calling it Happy and Glorious because we’re celebrating the 60th anniversary of the coronation,” she said.

It is hoped money raised can go towards maintaining the priory.

“We just need to raise funds and flowers are a very pleasant way of doing it,” she said. “The priory is perhaps the second church to the cathedral but it’s under the shadow of the cathedral when it comes to fundraising.”

Individual arrangers are free to make their own designs, but Jean and festival co-ordinator Pat Saunders decide how many arrangements they want and what they should convey.

The celebration takes place on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, from 10am-6pm. It is also open from 12.30pm-6pm on Sunday, June 23. Entry is £7 by programme. There is a preview on Thursday, June 20, at 6pm, which is £20 for entry.