Flowers, trains and Second World War defences in Essex

PUBLISHED: 07:27 09 July 2010

Debden churchwardens Nina Manser and Mica Brown selecting photos for the exhibitions

Debden churchwardens Nina Manser and Mica Brown selecting photos for the exhibitions


DEBDEN Parish Church is combining a flower festival with two exhibitions of local history this weekend (July 10 and 11).

Flower displays are being arranged by organisations from within the village. The exhibitions will be of interest not just to Debden residents but also to those from the surrounding towns and villages.

One exhibition will examine the history of the Elsenham and Thaxted Railway, which passed through the parish of Debden.

The second major exhibition will draw on research by Michael Barton, a resident of Debden, into the Second World War defence line which ran from the Essex Coast to Chelmsford and Saffron Walden. Surviving pill boxes are a reminder of this line.

Debden churchwarden and organiser of the exhibitions, Mica Brown, said: “With the help of local pilot Nigel Oakman, we have been able to obtain up-to-date aerial photographs of both the old railway line and the defence line. This will add real interest for visitors.”

In addition to the two exhibitions and floral displays, there will be a chance for youngsters to operate model trains or make paper flowers. Teas, cakes and ice creams will be available.

The flower festival and exhibitions will be open from 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday, and will close at 5pm. There will be a Songs of Praise service at 10am on Sunday, which visitors are welcome to attend.

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