Upper Heyford housebuilder offers blooming boost to church-bell campaign

23 April 2019

Green-fingered enthusiasts in Upper Heyford are taking part in a celebration of flowers to raise funds to help the village church’s bells to ring again, boosted by a donation from a local housebuilder.

Upper Heyford Bovis Homes Heyford Park Flower Festival
From left, Stephen Yorke, Paul Bennison, Heather and Roger Burt with the Flower Festival poster 
Bovis Homes has donated £250 to the village’s Flower Festival, which is themed on ‘Memories of Childhood’, and takes place next month.

The showcase will be held at St Mary’s Church and includes a plant sale and cake stall on The Green and cream teas in the Reading Room. A Service of Thanksgiving will also take place, with all money going towards the church’s bell tower.

Paul Bennison, regional marketing manager at Bovis Homes, said: “We’re proud to have the opportunity to get involved in such a wonderful community event that is of huge benefit to Upper Heyford.

“This is another example of the village coming together to raise money for the St Mary’s Restoration Fund and we expect the Bank Holiday event to be very popular.”

Roger Burt, who sits on the Flower Festival committee, said the aim of the event was to bring the community together and raise funds to allow the village's church bells to ring again.

“Our show will feature village residents’ flower arrangements in the church and cream teas on the nearby village green,” he said. “We will have beautiful flowers, vases and refreshments, for all ages to enjoy.

“We thank Bovis Homes for their kind donation and all proceeds will go towards restoring and strengthening the church’s bell tower, so residents can hear the bells once more.”

The Flower Festival will take place on Sunday 5th May and Monday 6th May, from 2pm to 4.30pm both days. The entrance fee is £2, while children go free.

Bishop Colin Fletcher will conduct the Thanksgiving service on Sunday at 5pm.