St. Andrew’s Church, Stratton

FLOWER FESTIVAL 2018 25th -28th May

Theme: ‘I AM’ …The Sacred and the Secular

This year we hope the Festival will be a sort of “all things to all people” as it will contain religious input as well as the secular and sure to be a delight for the senses and the imagination. It will be a celebration and, if all goes to plan, the church will simply burst into bloom in a beautiful and breath-taking kaleidoscope of colour – just like always!

The Festival will be held over four days from 25th to 28th May inclusive; the entrance is free and the opening times from 10am to 5pm. on the Friday, Saturday and Monday. On the Sunday, the Parish Mass starts at 9.30am and lasts approximately one hour. Everyone is more than welcome to join us for this morning service and perhaps stay to look at the flowers afterwards. The official opening time for all the Sunday facilities will be 12md to 5pm.

Refreshments, including morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon cream teas, will be available every day. We try to make sure that everything we offer, as far as possible, is homemade. So, come and enjoy.

The success of the festival depends not only on the floral displays and stalls but also on the generosity of many sponsors and the skill and willingness of lots of flower arrangers.  If, on reading this, you feel the urge to come and help and be part of the festival please get in touch through Val Barker 01288 353435 or email

Most importantly though, we need people to visit the Flower Festival to enjoy all that it has to offer including the glorious church building.

So, tell all your friends and relations about it and get them to come along. Why not put the dates in your diary right now.

All proceeds are for St. Andrew’s Church and as this is one of our major fundraising activities we hope lots of people will come to visit and give us their support.



The popular annual North Devon Hospice moonlit walk is back and organisers are hoping woman of all ages (over 16) will sign up to have both a great night out at the same time as supporting a great local cause.  Our North Devon Hospice is providing more care during the night than ever before. Both on our Bedded Unit and in peoples’ own homes, the need for round-the-clock nursing is growing. Organisers hope the women of North Devon will step up to the challenge and sign up for Nightwalk on Saturday 19th May.

The date coincides with the Royal wedding so organisers believe there will be an atmosphere of celebration on the night. There will be entertainers, light installations, glow,  live music, fire jugglers, free soup at Fremington Quay to add to the atmosphere along the tarka trail, not to mention a free butty and cuppa at your finish.

This wonderful ladies’ night out is hoping to raise £100,000 towards the dedicated teams of hospice night nurses who care and support local patients and families in their homes and in our bedded unit.

Starting points are at Barnstaple, Instow, Bideford, Torrington and route lengths range from 3 to 11 miles. So there really is a Nightwalk for everyone. Buses, courtesy of Stagecoach, will be on hand to take Nightwalkers back to their starting point.

Sign up at

Or call the Nightwalk team on 01271 347232 for a simple registration form.