By Jan Morris
The Feast of the Epiphany brought an end to the display of Christmas flowers yesterday despite the fact that, in the Church's eyes, the celebration of Christmas goes on much longer but unfortunately the life of a flower does not. There was, therefore, a frenzied effort to clear the church in half an hour after the 9.30 Mass as there was a Baptism at 11 o'clock. My thanks go to our flower team and everyone else who helped out yesterday.
I took over as coordinator of the Flower Team four years ago when Stella Brereton stepped down after many years of exceptional and devoted service to the parish. I was already on the team at that time and had qualified as a florist at Merrist Wood a few years before so I felt privileged to be invited to serve the parish in this way.
We are so fortunate to have an amazing team of 11 very dedicated and talented members who work together to create the exceptional displays at Christmas and Easter and then serve on a rota 3 or 4 times a year to provide the weekly church arrangements. There are no flowers during Lent and Advent except in the event of a funeral.
It has long been the custom at St Pius to have a collection for flowers before Christmas and this year the contributions from the parishioners were very generous. This enables us to produce a more spectacular display and also allows the parish to donate in memory of loved ones at this special time of year.
My deepest thanks go to our team: Maureen Durston, Pat Cleall-Harding, Jo Aldridge, Diane Winsor, Denise Stafford, Anne Town, Barbara Dale, Patricia McHugh, Weronika Klaptocz and Anne Davie for all their continued support and special thanks to Tony Clark for all his practical help at our busiest times.
Wishing you all every blessing for 2017.