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 Centenary Weekend, 1994 - Flower Festival

Street Market on Saturday

Five-a-Side Football

Tug of War

Barn Dance at Farley Farms

Open-Air Church Service

Festival of Motoring

Victorian Cricket Match




The Flower Festival took place in the Church all weekend, and was truly spectacular. Visitors enjoyed Cream Teas on the green in front of the 'temporary' Church Hall (the wooden structure lasted at least a decade before being replaced by a substantial brick building). Music was provided throughout the weekend. Click on the small pictures for larger images.

The cover for the Flower Festival Programme

No. 1 - British Legion1. 'At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them' - British Legion - Mrs. Rance

No. 2 - Margaret Gregory


2. Psalm 92 v 2 and 3: 'To proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night to the music of the ten stringed lyre and the melody of the harp' - Margaret GregNo. 3 - Jenny Barrowsory

3. 'Receive this light. This is to show that you have passed from darkness to light.' (part of the Baptism Service).  - Jenny Barrows

No. 4 - Pam Wise


4. Tomb - Ephesians Ch. 5 v 14: 'Awake O sleeper, and rise up from the dead; and Christ shall give you light'  -  Pam Wise

No. 5 - Jessica Parry


5. 2 Corinthians Ch. 4 v 6: 'For it is God who said "Let light shine out of darkness" ' - Jess Parry

No. 6 - Mrs Chapman



6. Matthew Ch. 4 v 16: 'The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light' (with reference to the political changes then happening in South Africa) - Women's Institute - Mrs. Chapman

No. 7 - Coombes Infant School



7. 'This little light of mine' - Coombes Infant School  -  click here for 2nd image

No. 8 - Window and Font (plus No. 9 - Pulpit)


8. Window and Font - John Ch. 1 v 32: 'I saw the Spirit come down fromNo. 9 - Pulpit Heaven like a dove and come and rest on Him'


9. Pulpit - Psalm 119 v 130: 'The unfolding of thy word gives light'; Cross: John Ch. 8 v 12: 'Jesus said, "I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life".'No. 10 (foreground, right and left) - Parish Council

10. Hargreaves' Pews (on the right and left of the Chancel) - Hymn 109 'For all the Saints' - sponsored by Arborfield and Newland Parish Council

No. 11 - Lord's Table


11. Lord's Table - Ephesians Ch. 5 v 8: 'For once you were in darkness, bNo. 11 - Water feature representing the Well in Samaria ut now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light'; John Ch. 4 v 14: 'The water that I shall give will become in Him a spring of water welling up to eternal life'.

No. 12 - The Cross



12. Luke Ch. 8 v 16: 'No one lights a lamp and hides it under a bushel'No. 13 - Janice Tattersdill


13. Lectern - Psalm 119 v 105: 'Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path' - Janice Tattersdill

No. 14 - Joan Bull, widow of Rev. Ian Bull


14. Acts Ch. 12 v 7: 'And behold, an angel of the Lord appeared, and a light shone in his cell' - Joan BullNo. 15 - Liz Goddard


15. Hymn 389 - 'May we be a shining light' - Mothers' Union - Liz Goddard

No. 16 - Tower Bell Ringers


16. Isaiah Ch. 58 v 8: 'Then shall your light break forth like the dawn' - Tower Bell Ringers


No. 17 - Ann Young, Head Teacher, Junior School, and also member of the Choir, Shinfield Parish Church

17.No. 18, in front of 'Aaron's head' window - Sandy Tyers, Church Secretary 'Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' - Ann Young, Arborfield and Barkham Junior School

18. Psalm 139 v 12: 'Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you' - Sandy Tyers

No. 19 - Margaret Edwards and Joycelyn Robins


19. Back Pew: 'Shine Jesus, Shine' - Arborfield Gardening Association - Margaret Edwards and Joycelyn Robins - click here for another image

Suspended Ball - with Churchwarden Mervyn Curtis at the door


Suspended Ball - Psalm 113 v 3: 'From the rising of the Sun until the going down of the same, the Lord's Name is to be praised'. - click here for another imageNo. 20 - north window of Porch - Pat Macarthy



20. Porch Windows - Genesis Ch. 1 v 16: 'And God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night' - Pat Macarthy - click here for another image

The Church Porch from outside


The Church Porch was also decorated on the outside.

The old wooden Church Hall, freshly painted inside and out


Cream teas were served from the old Church Hall, and musicians and bell-ringers entertained the guests.


Teas in the Churchyard, in front of the old Church Hall


The churchyard provided a pleasant setting for refreshments.




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