St Giles Church Flower Festival set to celebrate Ruby Anniversary

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Volunteers in Hartington are looking for local people to get involved in a project to celebrate 40 years of the village’s church Flower Festival.

Representatives from St Giles Church are hoping to commemorate the milestone year by pulling together local memories from the first Flower Festival held in the village in 1976.

They want to know about weddings at the church 40 years ago; babies born in 1976 and christened there; if village businesses were the same as today; any special celebrations that may have taken place throughout the year; what the weather was like during the summer and winter months of 1976 and any photos people may wish to share.

Member of St Giles Parochial Church Council, Sarah Lacey said: “John Keats once said a thing of beauty is a joy forever and that is why in our fortieth year we want everyone to join in and celebrate this special community event. We want to make this year even more beautiful and joyful than ever.”

Vice Chair of the Governors of Hartington C of E Primary School, Liz Broomhead MBE added: “I am delighted to confirm that the now annual and very popular maypole dancing by the children of the school will take place on the Saturday of Flower Festival, the 28th of May at 2pm. I really do look forward to seeing many local faces there, and visitors to our lovely village.” 

To get involved email Liz Broomhead on

People can also leave information and comments in marked boxes at Sue Peach’s newsagents, the Post Office and Village Stores. Any details are needed by Saturday 30th April in order for volunteers to compile ready for the festival.



Mon 12th – Lent Afternoon in Church
Tues 13th – Pancake Day Lunch
Fri 16th – Break for Half Term
Mon 26th – Spring Term 2 begins
Tue 27th – Rachel Wilkes from Music Partnership delivering the music curriculum within the school on Tuesdays for 5 weeks. This includes the launch of the Interactive Music Scheme Charanga.

Fri 1st – MAST ~ “Jesus Calms the Storm”
Thur 7th – World Book Day – come to school dressed as your favorite book character.        Challenge – please could you take a photo of your child reading in an unusual place (they don’t have to be in their costume doing this), and send it into school?  

Tues 12th – MAST Hannah Wills ~Easter
Wed 13th – Parents Evening – further information will be provided for this. 
Fri 15th – Red Nose day – Dress in your own clothes with one item of red for a £1 donation per child please. 
Thur 21st – Schools Together – 11am at St Giles Church in Hartington with Biggin Primary School.
Mon 25th – Easter Service 09.30am – location in School unless otherwise advised.
Thu 28th – Break for Easter

Mon 15th – Summer Term 1 begins