Date(s) - 04/06/2016 - 05/06/2016
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
All Saints Church
Saturday 4 June – 11am-5pm
Sunday 5 June – 12-5pm
All Saints’ Church, Upper Clatford, near Andover will be celebrating the life and work of Shakespeare in a stunning flower festival. 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare.
Flower arrangements will depict some of Shakespeare’s best loved and most well-known plays including Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, MacBeth and his last play, The Tempest (see note below) . Other displays will focus on lines from Shakespeare’s sonnets.
Many village and local community organisations will be participating either by sponsoring arrangements to be done by the church flower arrangers or doing their own arrangements such as the Clatford Valley Gardening Club, the Cricket Club and Upper Clatford Women’s Institute. The Clatford Guides will be decorating the church path.
On Sunday 5 June, the Bishop of Basingstoke, the Rt Revd David Williams will be celebrating the Eucharist at 10am as part of the Flower Festival.
To complement the flower festival, there will be an art display in the church’s Meadow Room by the art class that meets in the Meadow Room.
The festival displays are being co-ordinated by Betty Armstrong.
Refreshments will be available at the church.
There will also be a plant stall at the church.
Upper Clatford has its own special link with The Tempest. In the last ten years, American descendants of Stephen Hopkins have traced their roots in Upper Clatford. Stephen was and baptised in Upper Clatford in April 1581 and as a young man went to Virginia on the ill-fated voyage of the Sea Venture, which was shipwrecked following a storm off Bermuda. Whilst on the island, Stephen led a revolt and nearly lost his life as a result. William Strachey wrote an account of this adventure once the crew and passengers of the Sea Venture reached Jamestown, Virginia. It is believed that this account reached Shakespeare and was used by him when formulating ideas for The Tempest as some of the description of the island and names of characters in The Tempest bear a close resemblance to the names of people and description of the island in William Strachey’s account.
There will be a private view for sponsors and press on Friday 3 June at 7pm.
All Saints’ Church is situated to the south of the main village street in Church Lane,, and is close to the A303.