Thakeham Flower Festival and Open Gardens

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St Mary’s Thakeham

FLOWER FESTIVAL & OPEN GARDENS 10th, 11th & 12th June 2022 10am - 5pm ‘Nature’s Way’

Festival Weekend also Includes:

• flower displays • music • children’s activities • open gardens • dog show • refreshments • teddy bear parachute jump • stalls • songs of praise • open bell tower • evening entertainment


A very warm welcome to St Mary’s Thakeham Flower Festival! There is so much information packed into this little programme, you might want to settle in at the refreshment tent with a cuppa as you devour the delights of the 2022 Flower Festival and plan your weekend. There are daytime flower displays in the church, open gardens to explore, a nature trail to navigate and so much more. And who could miss the Teddy Bear Parachute Jump on Sunday? I have the pleasure of welcoming you not only to view the floral and artistic displays in the church but to view the church itself. Following a little over a year of building work, we have completed almost three-quarters of planned renovations to this beautiful Grade 1 Listed church. Do look out for information on Phases 4 & 5, and the funds we need to raise to continue preserving and improving the building, for this generation and the ones to follow. As well as spoiling you with all the usual Flower Festival delights there are evening activities to enjoy as well. I look forward to welcoming you to Thakeham Village Hall on Friday and Saturday night (although this vicar fears for her safety at the dinner...). Finally on Sunday evening, we will close the Flower Festival by thanking God for the beautiful world in which we live and resolve once more to care for it as we should. Enjoy yourself!

Revd Sara-Jane Stevens Priest-in-Charge of Sullington & Thakeham w/ Warminghurst

HOW IT ALL BEGAN The first Flower Festival took place in 1967. Details of the first seven Flower Festivals have been recorded in an amazing book which was discovered, tucked away in a corner of the church. The beautiful writing is illustrated by some superb paintings completed many years ago by Joan Barnes, a long time Thakeham resident who sadly is no longer with us. A link remains, however, as Joan’s family has continued to support the Festival. The book will be on display in the church during the Festival. 2

OUR BENEFICIARIES All proceeds from St Mary’s Flower Festival weekend events will be shared between Alzheimer’s Research UK, Family Support Work and St Mary’s Church, Thakeham Alzheimer’s Research UK are the UK’s leading charity for research into dementia and with your help we can make breakthroughs possible. Thanks to your support, we have funded nearly £650,000 of pioneering research in Kent & Sussex. We need your support for projects like this… Dr Claire Lancaster based at Sussex University is leading part of the team in our exciting Early Detection of Neurodegenerative diseases (EDoN) initiative. This ground-breaking initiative will develop a digital tool to monitor daily things such as our sleep, cognition, mood, navigation ability or heart rate. This will allow researchers to build a picture of the earliest changes in the different diseases that cause dementia, and ultimately improve diagnosis by making it earlier and more accurate. Over half of the UK public will know someone who has been diagnosed with a form of dementia.

FSW is one of Sussex’s longest-running charities and celebrated 130 years of operation in 2020. From its origins as a charity supporting unmarried mothers, it has evolved with the times and now supports families of all shapes and sizes that, for whatever reason, find themselves in a time of crisis. This could be as a result of financial hardship; relationship breakdown; mental or physical health problems; drug or alcohol misuse; insecure housing; children with special educational needs and very often a combination of these. With 14 family support practitioners spread throughout Sussex including Sara Fulker who works in Thakeham and nearby villages, FSW works with nearly 500 families per year. Help is given both practically and emotionally and can include assisting families to access the correct benefits; advocating on behalf of a family when dealing with other agencies; providing advice and guidance on parenting and behavioural issues as well as the more direct practical support that FSW provides through its own foodbank and winter fuel fund. All of the support FSW provides is totally free to families and has no time limit 3


Our Festival weekend started as a Flower Festival and we are justly proud of the reputation we have for producing the most imaginative and beautiful displays in our church. The organiser of the Flower displays is Cynthia Julian, who has done an amazing amount of work and to whom we are extremely grateful. The theme this year is: ‘Nature’s Way’

THE ARRANGERS Such wonderful arrangements would not be possible without the skills and vision of the talented arrangers working hard to plan and create the spectacular displays for us to enjoy. This year’s flower festival has been put together by the following arrangers, to whom we give heartfelt thanks: • Cynthia Julian • Teresa Jones • Helen Heims • Joanna Binnington • Barbara & Barry Laker • Sam Aldrich • Allison Goodfellow • Sally Primmett & Village Nurseries • Messy Church • Natasha Dunmore • Zarena Shrubb • Phillipa Smith • Sandra Berry • Alison Jennings • Sue Forcey • Rachel Webster • With special thanks to Tony Johnson, Electrician and Village Nurseries, West Chiltington. 4

OPEN GARDENS How wonderful to visit other people’s gardens, particularly those behind high walls or hedges! Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am until 5pm (last entry 4.30pm), we have 12 village gardens open to view around The Street, Cray’s Lane and Bramble Lane. Entry is £5 which includes all gardens. Go to the Church Rooms (in the Church car park) or garden number 1 to purchase your wrist band and collect your map. We realise there are quite a few gardens to see so if you keep your wrist band on, you can split your visits over the 2 days if you wish. We regret but must insist, that dogs are NOT allowed in any of the gardens. A huge “thank you” goes to Philip Heims and George Blunden for the organising of Open Gardens and to the following for sharing their gardens with us: • Philip & Helen Heims • Bill Hay & Karen Dawes • Theresa & Peter Jones • Suzanne Childs • Ian & Jane Hollerin • Glen & Norma Jones • George & Jane Blunden • Andrew & Sol Unwin • Gill Quince • Michael & Cynthia Julian • Hazel & Terry Eldridge • Joanna & Tim Binnington • Rod Walker

FREE Car parking is in the Glebe Field, next to the Rectory, The Street, Thakeham, RH20 3EP. Disabled badge holders only may park in the car park next to the Church Rooms. Disabled badges need to be displayed on your windscreen. Please follow any instructions given by marshals and do not drive down The Street unless you have to – there will be lots of visitors on the road. Please note that all cars are left at the owner’s risk.


DOG SHOW Rosettes sponsored by Meadow Hall Vets & prizes courtesy of The Rectory Dogs Thank you to Laura Cameron for organising and judging Such an important part of village life needs to be celebrated! On Saturday morning, on the field through the Church Rooms car park, every dog visiting the festival has an opportunity to show off their charms! Entries from 10.30am. Judging from 11.00am. Entry on the day £1 per class. • Best Fancy Dress • Prettiest Bitch • Most Handsome Dog • Waggiest Tail • Best Puppy (6-12 months) • Best Veteran (7+ years) • Best Trick • Dog Judge would most like to take home • Best in Show (all 1st place winners from each class) Please note: Owners of dogs must have their own insurance cover in place to protect their interests as owners, should a third party injury occur. Please clear up after your dog – a bin will be provided. Please keep your dog under control at all times.

TEDDY BEAR PARACHUTE JUMP On Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm there will be a parachute jump from the top of the Church tower for suitably adventurous teddy bears! So bring your teddy bear and pre-made parachute. 50p per teddy, per jump, which includes a certificate for very brave bears! Final jump 3.30pm.

OPEN BELL TOWER Roger, our Bell Tower Captain and his team will be ringing our Church bells on Saturday between 2pm and 4.30pm. They will be on hand to have a chat and hopefully recruit some more ringers. Come and enjoy the beautiful sound and see if this is something you’d like to try your hand at. There will be an opportunity to visit the bell tower to see the bells and if you would like a try at ringing, you can do so under Roger’s supervision! 6

REFRESHMENTS Refreshments will be available in the Church Rooms, including lunches and delicious cakes, tea, coffee and cold drinks on all 3 days. There will also be a barbeque on Saturday and Sunday in the Church Rooms car park. A gigantic “Thank you” to Wynn and her team for all their hard work.

OUR FAMOUS BRIC-A-BRAC STALL The garage adjacent to the Church path will be stuffed with bargains and treasures on all 3 days – some brand new, mostly used, an occasional antique – but all intriguing.

STALLS On all 3 days, there will be a range of stalls – JubyLee Bakes, PIMM’S, metal work, plants, crafts, knitted items & hand made cushions and paintings. There will be children’s activities on Saturday and Sunday. If you would like time-out and someone to pray with you, there will also be a prayer tent situated to the left of the Church main door. Thank you to Safe Hands Funeral Services Storrington for sponsoring the PIMM’s stall – we are very grateful for your support! Please note – due to poor internet signal, some stalls may only be able to take cash.

MUSIC There is music for all tastes over the weekend. Saturday – Open Mic – a chance to share your talent! Please ring Lis on 01798 813012 if you wish to perform. There are a couple of slots left. Sunday – Worthing Steel Band, Happy Days Big Band and we end the weekend with a good old sing-song of your favourite hymns in Church. See programme of events (pages 10 & 11) for further details and times. Thank you to Safe Hands Funeral Services Storrington for sponsoring Worthing Steel Band and Happy Days Big Band – your support is greatly appreciated! 7


An Invitation from ST MARyS ChURCh, ThAKehAM

Friday 10th June 2022 7pm for 7.30pm start Thakeham Village Hall


of Promises


Back b Popula y Deman r d! Kindly sponsored by T e Tilley Ltd, Stonemasons & Cliff Purvis


Bar and Raffle also available

• A Pottery Lesson • Family Bushcraft Session • 2 night Airbnb in Bath • Handmade Oak Chest • Landscaping/Gardening Week’s Labour

• Handmade Stool • Shepherd’s Hut Night • Wiston Tour & Tasting for 2 people • Meal for 6 people

and more!

Tickets £10 must be purchased in advance by ringing 01798 813012 or 01903 743025 or in cash from Meadow Stores Thakeham

Proceeds to be shared between Alzheimer’s Research UK, Family Support Work & St Mary’s Church Thakeham



FRIDAY 10TH JUNE 2022 10am – 5pm • F lower Displays in Thakeham Church • R efreshments in the Church Rooms • Art Competition entries displayed in Church Vestry • Nature Trail • B ric-a-brac, stalls and prayer tent 7pm for 7.30pm

• Auction of Promises and Cheese & Wine Tasting in Thakeham Village Hall £10 per ticket (see ticket info below & advert on page 9)

SATURDAY 11TH JUNE 2022 10am – 5pm

• Flower Displays in Thakeham Church

• Open Gardens - £5 (see page 5) • Refreshments in the Church Rooms • Barbeque in the Church Car Park • Art Competition entries displayed in Church Vestry • Prayer Tent (to left of Church main door) • Bric-a-brac & stalls, Nature Trail (see page 13) • O pen Mic (see “Music” page 7 for details) • C hildren’s Activities (gazebo in the Church Rooms Garden) 10.30am

•D og Show (see page 6)

1pm – 2pm

• Thakeham Church Music Group

2pm – 4.30pm

•O pen Bell Tower in Church (see page 6)

7pm for 7.30pm

•M urder Mystery 3-course dinner in Thakeham Village Hall £30 per ticket (see ticket info opposite & advert on page 12)

TICKET INFORMATION for Friday Evening at Thakeham Village Hall



Friday 10th June 7pm for 7.30pm

Tickets for Friday evening (£10) must be purchased in advance and are available from: • Meadow Stores, Thakeham (cash only) • Lis & Derek Osborne: 01798 813012 or 07807 077054 • Wynn Lednor: 01903 743025


10am – 5pm

• Flower Displays in Thakeham Church

• Open Gardens - £5 (see page 5) • Refreshments in the Church Rooms • Barbeque in the Church Car Park • Art Competition entries displayed in Church Vestry • Prayer Tent (to left of Church main door)

• Bric-a-brac & stalls, Nature Trail (see page 13) • Children’s Activities (gazebo in the Church Rooms Garden) • Nature Trail (see page 13) 1pm – 2pm

• Worthing Steel Band

2.30pm – 3.30pm • Teddy Bear Parachute Jump (see page 6) 3pm – 4.30pm

• Happy Days Big Band


• Songs of Praise in Church – this will be a selection of favourite hymns which will have been put forward as requests during the month of May.



Please note that all Festival events are FREE to attend unless otherwise stated


MURDER Mystery Dinner Saturday 12th June 7pm for 7.30pm

for Saturday Evening at Thakeham Village Hall Tickets for Saturday evening (£30) must be purchased in advance and are available from: • Meadow Stores, Thakeham (cash only) • Lis & Derek Osborne: 01798 813012 or 07807 077054 • Wynn Lednor: 01903 743025


An Invitation from ST MARyS ChURCh, ThAKehAM

Saturday 11th June 2022 7pm for 7.30pm start Thakeham Village Hall

MURDER Mystery Dinner

‘Who Kil the Vica led r?’

Murder mystery Put your sleuthing skills to the test whilst enjoying a delicious

3 course meal! Bar and Raffle Available

“Hilarious entertainment!” “A night of laughs and mystery!” “Piece together clues to reveal whodunnit!”

Tickets £30 must be purchased in advance by ringing 01798 813012 or 01903 743025 or in cash from Meadow Stores Thakeham

Please call 01798 813012 with any food allergies/dietary requirements Proceeds to be shared between Alzheimer’s Research UK, Family Support Work & St Mary’s Church Thakeham



OUR AMAZING SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS We would like to acknowledge the kind support of the following businesses and friends: • Chris & Cathy Powell & Verité • Karen Wells at Verité • Shaun & Genita Hughes • Laura Cameron • David Clover • South Hill Nurseries • Tony Attfield • Squires Garden Centre Washington • Safe Hands Funeral Services Storrington • Meadow Hall Vets Thakeham • Joanna & Tim Binnington • Village Nurseries West Chiltington • Bluebell Bushcraft • Serena Bowden • Jen & Tim Hulett • Alison Russell • Nutbourne Nurseries • Meadow Stores Thakeham • Splash • Andrew Blacklock • T E Tilley Ltd Stonemasons • Temple Spa Littlehampton • Podiatry Services

A big thank you to all the stewards, helpers and everyone who has had a part in making this event happen!

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Contact Revd Sara-Jane Stevens for a conversation. tel: 01798 813121 & 07923 420834 email:



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