Larling Flower Festival tells village’s history with floral display

The Larling Flower Show with the village history as it's theme. Diane Foster, 2nd left, who designed the floral tapestry of the village history, with, from left, Sue Marsden, Becky Leech, and Val Watson, putting it together. Picture: Denise Bradley The Larling Flower Show with the village history as it's theme. Diane Foster, 2nd left, who designed the floral tapestry of the village history, with, from left, Sue Marsden, Becky Leech, and Val Watson, putting it together. Picture: Denise Bradley

Sunday, July 6, 2014
3:48 PM

When trying to learn about a place’s history, most people would reach for a book, go online, or tune in to a TV documentary.

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The Larling Flower Show with the village history as it's theme. Dudley Stammers with the Roman Head floral arrangement, featuring the roman head he ploughed up in his fields at Manor Farm in the mid 60s. Picture: Denise BradleyThe Larling Flower Show with the village history as it's theme. Dudley Stammers with the Roman Head floral arrangement, featuring the roman head he ploughed up in his fields at Manor Farm in the mid 60s. Picture: Denise Bradley

But a group of green-fingered fund-raisers have told the story of their village through another medium - flowers.

The floor of St Ethelbert’s Church became a historical timeline this weekend as the Larling Flower Festival laid a carpet of plantlife to tell the village’s story.

Visitors came from far and wide to learn about the community’s past as a centre for farming, the drovers who passed through, and The Angel pub, which still serves locals to this day.

Suzanne Webb, part of the nine person organising committee, said they had been researching the project for six months.

The Larling Flower Show with the village history as it's theme. Diane Foster, and her husband Carl, with her floral arrangement to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 2017. Picture: Denise BradleyThe Larling Flower Show with the village history as it's theme. Diane Foster, and her husband Carl, with her floral arrangement to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 2017. Picture: Denise Bradley

“When we started looking into the village’s past we saw there was so much history here.

“The display goes through the centuries and the carpet is from ancient history through to the modern day.

“Each of the squares has a theme and there’s writing alongside to explain each one,” she said.

Ms Webb said visitors had been “astonished” by the work.

“I don’t think people have seen anything like it before and it’s been a huge success.

“There’s been a constant stream of people and they’ve been amazed by what we’ve done,” she said.

The event is the second flower festival put together by the committee, with member Diane Foster the driving force.

It will now take place every two years, with the aim of raising funds for the church.

It is hoped that this year’s efforts will match the £5,000 raised two years ago in order to contribute to repairs of the church organ and general upkeep.

Around £2,000 has already been raised through sponsorship from local firms.

Ms Webb added that she would like to thank all the contributors to the event, including fellow committee members Dudley Stammers, Rachel Anderson, Carl Foster, Diane Foster, Rebecca Leech, Angela Caney, Myrtle Cooke and Jean Deathridge.

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