Flower Festival to Mark Centenary Year and 35th Anniversary

Flower Festival to Mark Centenary Year and 35th Anniversary

To mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pangbourne College and the 35th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War, more than 40 flower arrangers from 12 flower clubs across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, alongside the Pangbourne College Art Department, are participating in a unique Flower Festival at the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel on Saturday 14 October (10am - 4.30pm) and Sunday 15 October (11am - 4pm). 

Entry and car parking are free. There will be souvenir programmes at £3 and a café, run by the Pangbourne College Parents’ Association, in aid of the Chapel Flower Fund.

The weekend will begin with a preview, including wine and canapés, on Friday 13 October (7.30pm - 9pm) for which tickets cost £12 and can be bought from stonerc@aol.com or Garlands Organic, Pangbourne.  The event will close on Sunday 15 October at 4.30pm with a service led by the Chaplain of the College, the Reverend Neil Jeffers.

Families are welcome and there will be a quiz competition for all ages with prizes. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Over the weekend there will be an opportunity to meet the author of the centenary Pangbourne College book, Mr Robin Knight and purchase his book. Copies of Just to See His Name, written by former Headmaster of Pangbourne College, Mr Anthony Hudson, which describes the story behind the birth of the Chapel, will be also available for purchase.

Mrs Sadie Clare, Chairman of the Chapel Flower Guild, said: “The Chapel is a living national memorial: not only is it a memorial to those who gave their lives in 1982 for the liberation of the Falkland Islands, but also a chapel and concert hall. Using College and Chapel artefacts and photographs, this Festival reveals how much the school has changed over its 100-year history and remembers those who paid the ultimate sacrifice 35 years ago.”

To find out more about the Flower Festival, please contact organiser Mrs Alex Garnier by email at alex.garnier@pangbourne.com or by calling College Reception on 0118 984 2101.