Flowers and Music festival to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

A FESTIVAL of Flowers and Music will be held from Saturday June 2 to Sunday June 10 at St Mary’s Parish Church Saffron Walden, where the theme will be a celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The church will open from 10am to 6pm each day for visitors to see the flower arrangements on display, each focusing on aspects of the Queen’s 60 year reign, such as the Coronation, the Garter Ceremony, the Queen’s racing silks and garden parties. Pam Russell, lead florist, is co-ordinating the exhibition in consultation with Jane Knight, a gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show.

A spokesman for the festival said: “The event promises to be a special one - the last Festival of Flowers and Music at the church was held 15 years ago and with the Diamond Jubilee it seems a great opportunity to hold a festival involving many in the community. Many of the churches in Saffron Walden and the surrounding area will have their own floral displays on show, as will local flower clubs and other groups.

“Do join us for this opportunity to see and hear a celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”

Saffron Walden mayor David Watson will be officially opening the festival at the Diamond Jubilee Service in the church on Sunday June 3 at 4pm.

During the festival there will be lunchtime recitals each weekday at 1.10pm by accomplished musicians. The programme of recitals includes:

Monday: Si�n Newman, soprano

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Tuesday: Katie Hasler and Martin Ford

Wednesday: Andrew Malcolm, Jane Cursiter and Wendy Watts. Flute, oboe, recorder, bassoon & piano

Thursday: Karin and Jonathan Cunliffe. Viola & organ

Friday: Oliver King and Jane van Tilborg. Organ

More information is detailed on the church website Some of the recitals will include music to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and each of the recitals is approximately 50 minutes long.

The festival also includes an evening concert of gsopel singing for the whole family on Saturday June 9 at 7.30pm by Whittlesford Community Gospel Choir. Tickets - �10 each, concessions �6, children under 18 free - are available from the church, the Parish Office, Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre or on the door, and can also be obtained online by visiting

The festival will close on Sunday June 10 with Choral Evensong at 6.30pm.

Light refreshments will be available throughout the festival. Entrance to the festival and the lunchtime recitals is free, although donations are welcome.