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Over the weekend of 16th and 17th July we held a flower festival to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at St John’s Church, George Lane, Loddon. The title being ‘Queen and Commonwealth’. Members could choose from the 54 countries of the Commonwealth as to which country they would like to depict. We had a total of 17 arrangements with two dedicated to the Queen and one to the Commonwealth flag. On the afternoon of the Saturday we had invited Lois Gill along with her talk on ‘An Audience with Her Knitted Majesty’.

We finally got to see Lois’ talk after two cancellations. Lois talked about how the knitted Queen came about and was made and members were able to take a closer look after the talk. Her Majesty had been used in the 2019 Petal and Purl flower festival at Caston, which some of our members had visited on a very hot day!

Lois was dressed as a lady in waiting to Her Majesty and talked a bit about what it would have been like in the 1950’s around the Queen’s coronation. Sadly, this was to be one of Lois’s last talks with the Queen. A competition was held for us to guess how many leaves were on the Queens train. The winner of this was Lesley, but we were not allowed to know how many there were, as Lois has more talks lined up.

We thank our members for all their hard work over the very hot weekend and making up the arrangements, without which we wouldn’t have had a festival. The pop-up cafe over the weekend was hosted by the members of the Church in Loddon and with the raffle, sales of programmes and donations we raised nearly £800. This was divided between the Church and our Flower Club.

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