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The Incredible All Saints' Flower Festival

By Charles Eyre Upper Clatford

Monday, 16 August 2021

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All Saints' Flower Festival 2021

All Saints’ Church celebrated the 440th anniversary of the baptism in 1581 of local resident Stephen Hopkins, who, in 1620, joined the Pilgrims to sail on the Mayflower to the New World. Funds raised by this stunning flower festival which created a blaze of colour on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August, were in aid of All Saints’ Church Roof Restoration.

Two Puritan figures set the scene at the entrance to the Church and visitors were launched into Stephen’s era in Upper Clatford through the porch displays and introduced to Stephen Hopkins' life story through the timeline of 19 separate brilliant displays depicting various chapters in his colourful life. The religious conflict which ultimately led to the Puritans wanting to leave England was represented by the ‘Prayer Book’ just inside the church door. There was also a large model of the Mayflower, made entirely from 70,000 matchsticks by David Reynolds. It was 4ft high and 5ft long and took nearly 1,000 hours to make over a period of two years.

John Haden, an authority on Mayflower history and Stephen Hopkins, was present to meet visitors and sell his book “Celebrating Mayflower 400 with Hampshire’s Stephen Hopkins” with all proceeds of festival sales going to The All Saints Roof Refurbishment Project (copies can be purchased at Celebrating Mayflower 400 with Hampshire's Stephen Hopkins).

In all, over 300 visitors came to All Saints’ over the two days, and over £2,500 was raised towards the Roof Refurbishment Project.

If you missed it, it is not too late to see and appreciate the amazing work of the very talented and generous residents who spent many weeks planning this event and then creating the extraordinary displays. The film of the Flower Festival by John Baxter can be seen here - https://youtu.be/mVBZ_DhaH50.

If you want to make a donation to the Roof Fund (which currently stands at approximately £50,000), or follow our progress, you can find all the information at https://www.hugofox.com/community/upper-clatford-15048/all-saints-roof-restoration-project/

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