Parish’s celebration of Biblical proportions

St Mary's Ponteland Flower Festival.'  Ann Codd makes some adjustments during the week to her sculpted interpretation of the creation story.
St Mary's Ponteland Flower Festival.' Ann Codd makes some adjustments during the week to her sculpted interpretation of the creation story.
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HUNDREDS of people have enjoyed a range of displays and activities at Ponteland Parish’s Summer Festival.

The week-long programme, which supports three good causes, began when Mayor Peter Cowey opened the preview night of paintings by more than 50 artists.

These were available to buy in St Mary’s Church Hall.

In the church itself, flowers and artwork were put together to celebrate 400 years of the King James Bible. Most of the displays were in memory of local people and donations towards the cost of flowers came from many sources.

There was a local history exhibition in the vicarage marquee and local children made a ‘tree of life’ so they and those who attended could write and hang a prayer. Evening attractions included three concerts.

The Reverend Peter Barham, Vicar of Ponteland, said: “The festival went extremely well. We had three good services and lots of people came along to see all the attractions and our special events.

“I heard many comments about how stunning the flowers were and the creativity that went into the displays was amazing.

“The festival brings the community together and many people who live further afield have also attended, which shows that it has built up an excellent reputation over the years.”

Proceeds will be divided between Church Army, St Mary’s Church’s Organ Cleaning Fund and Newcastle Children’s Hospital Charity.