A Flower and Harvest Festival is being held at St. Gregory’s Church, Hemingstone, Nr. Ipswich on 6th and 7th October from 11am until 4pm.
This festival celebrating the Armistice, November 1918, spread over the weekend will touch all our hearts and have a special meaning for many as the theme ‘REMEMBRANCE’ commemorates those who lost their lives fighting for liberty and freedom of our country during the Great War and for other conflicts since.
The many flower displays in church will reflect all three services: Army, Navy and Air Force. A large poppy tribute consisting of over 1000 knitted/crochet/felt flowers – contributions from Ashbocking, Coddenham, Ipswich and, of course Hemingstone – will hang in the church. A photographic display of local men – those who died, those who married and those who mercifully came home will also be on view, as will the Roll of Honour.
Finally, but very importantly for the village, a big ‘thank you’ to a Hemingstone family (who wish to remain anonymous) who have very generously purchased five ‘There But Not There’ Perspex silhouettes to represent the five Hemingstone men who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War. These installations will be positioned on the pews and are part of a national project: ‘The significance of these installations lies in the fact that it embodies the human conflict of war’. The ‘There But Not There’ delivers a powerful punch – lest we forget the horrors of war and its cost to the individual, the family and the local community”.
The catering team in the Hut will be serving delicious food and beverages throughout both days to make this weekend a very special occasion.