One of the most beautiful and historic churches around St Albans will be full of flowers this weekend (October 6th to 8th) for its annual free community flower festival.

St Leonard’s Church, Sandridge, will be celebrating its Harvest Festival weekend with more than 40 floral arrangements from local organisations and people.

The amazing Sandridge knitted village will also be at St Leonard’s to fascinate visitors to the beautiful 900-year-old church. The village features hand-knitted models of local buildings and landmarks.

Rev Peter Crumpler, associate minister at St Leonard’s said: “The flower festival is a major event in the church and village’s calendar. We expect to welcome hundreds of people through our doors over the weekend.

“People of all ages, from seven to over 90, have made arrangements, with the local school, residential homes, Heartwood Forest, the Brownies and numerous other local groups and organisations taking part.”

Home-made cakes and other refreshments will also be available to the visitors expected across the weekend.
The theme of the festival is ‘Journeys and Adventures.’ Visitors can follow St Paul on the road to Damascus, footballers heading for the World Cup in Moscow, or many other exotic trips.

The festival is open on Friday, October 6th, from 10.45 am to 5pm; on Saturday October 7th, from 10am to 5pm, and on Sunday October 8th, from 11.15am to 5.30pm. The event will be opened by County Councillor Annie Brewster at 11am on Friday October 6th, with children from Sandridge School taking part.