The Friends of St James the Great, Thorley
Festival of Flowers and Music
26th, 27th and 28th August 2000
The Year of our Lord 2000 - a time to reflect on our lives
Our theme this year is based on that of the nave windows in Coventry Cathedral which represent the stages of life; birth, childhood, youth, maturity, old age, death and the glory beyond.
The colours in the arrangements reflect the colours in those windows but we have started with white for birth (in the bell tower) and returned to white for Jesus promise of our life beyond death (the altar platform and windows).
The reds and whites are the colours of the Holy Spirit - Confirmation colours (the font).
Please take time to read the words accompanying each arrangement so that this may indeed be a time to pause and reflect in the bustle of our modern lives.
The windows in Coventry Cathedral nave can be viewed only when looking back from the altar. It is often by looking back on our lives that we see how God has given us light on our way through hard times and taught us things that we would not otherwise have learned.
There are three venues and the attractions/activities in each are shown below. All activities are free of charge unless otherwise stated.
A wheelchair is available for loan and is located at the entrance to the St Barbabas Centre
Please follow the wardens' directions. Two signed spaces are allocated for the use of disabled visitors.
Festival of Flowers and Music in the Church
Viewing daily 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. except for Sunday between 11.00 a.m. and 12.15 p.m. when a service will be in progress. Access is not restricted during the organ recitals or singing! Leaflets describing the flower arrangements can be obtained from the stewards. The theme is "The Year of our Lord 2000 - A Time to Reflect on our Lives".
There will be Organ recitals and the Choir/Music Group will be singing a selection of traditional/modern church music. The Choir will be singing on Saturday between 3.15 p.m. and 4.15 p.m., on Sunday between 4.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m., and on Monday between 3.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. The Music Group will be singing on Saturday between 2.30 p.m. and 3.15 p.m., on Sunday between 4.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m., and on Monday between 1.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. The Bells will be rung daily, on Saturday between 2.00 p.m. and 2.30 p.m., on Sunday between 2.30 p.m. and 3.00 p.m., and between 5.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. and on Monday between 2.30 p.m. and 3.00 p.m.
Guided Tours of the Church will take place on Saturday, by arrangement with Bill Hardy. On Sunday tours will be at 2.30 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. and on Monday at 2.30 p.m. Bill Hardy will make himself known by appropriate announcements. A charge of £1 will be made for these.
Guided Tours of the Tower will take place on Saturday from 3.30 p.m. and on Sunday and Monday from 3.00 p.m. A charge of 50p will be made for these.
The Church Room
A selection of plants, available for purchase, is on display outside this venue.
In the main room the Friends of St James will have a selection of souvenirs such as coasters, key rings, pens, pencils, tea towels, notecards. There will be the opportunity to purchase Raffle Tickets at this venue.
The St Barnabas Centre
There are two large halls in this venue and a raised patio at the rear accessed through doors in both halls. Below the patio is a lawned area with a Dutch barn behind.
We apologise that wheelchair access to this area is not possible.
A Mini Fete will be held on Monday starting at 12.00 noon finishing at 5.00 p.m. including the sale of cakes, second-hand books, gifts and bric-a-brac.
Refreshments are available throughout each day at the servery and at the serving hatch to the patio. These include ploughman's lunches, cream teas, tea, coffee and soft drinks and a range of snacks. Eating areas are set out in the hall, on the patio and on the lawn below the patio.
Ice creams are on sale in this hall.
Raffle tickets are on sale throughout each day. The draw will be held on Monday at 4.30 p.m. in this hall.
Guided Tours of the Barn will take place by arrangement with Bill Hardy on Saturday. They will also take place at 2.00 p.m. on Sunday; further Tours on Sunday are by arrangement with Bill Hardy after 3.45 p.m. Tours on Monday will be at 11.30 a.m., 2.00 p.m. and also after 3.00 p.m., again by arrangement with Bill Hardy. Bill Hardy will make himself known by appropriate announcements. A charge of £1 will be made for these.
There is an Art Exhibition with works by Local Artists. Exhibits will be available for purchase.
The various groups of St James the Great have contributed to a visual display and the Outreach Group are manning an information desk.
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