Peak village church all set to blossom again for festival

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Ashover Flower Festival, 
All Saints Church

A Treasury of Verse is the theme of this year’s festival, which runs over the Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday to Tuesday from 10am to 5pm.

Organisers say they are ‘quietly confident’ that the planned displays will delight everyone with a love of flowers and will maintain the village’s reputation for high standard floral excellence.

Around 40 displays will depict poetry, ranging from classic verse to contemporary works.

Entry is free but profits will go to Ashgate Hospice.

The church flower guild will be joined by friends and enthusiasts from the village flower club.

There is also a Scarecrow Trail through the Peak District village and and an art exhibition opem daily in the Bassett Rooms opposite the church.

There is a festival Songs of Praise service in the church on Sunday, August 25 at 5pm. Everyone is welcome to hear well-known hymns and readings.

All profits to Ashgate Hospice.

A special guest at the service is a giant mouse with a penchant for nibbling through old prayer books and eating sawdust.

Reader Celia Kelly, who is leading the service, said: “We’re not entirely sure why Mr Mouse has asked to take part but he has promised to be on his best behaviour and not to frighten anyone.”

Refreshments are served daily in Bassett Rooms until 4pm.

This year’s festival will feature a sale of coloured glassware donated by Yorkshire glass artists Bob and Gael Spishak.

“We are most grateful to Bob and Gael for their generosity,” said festival co-ordinator Anne Eyley.