St. Swithin’s Church, Launcells Flower Festival 12-15 July

By Helen Shingler:

The Annual Flower Festival started today and continues up to Sunday 15th July. The theme this year is ‘The Joy of Flowers’.  Apart from magnificent flower arrangements, you can enjoy looking around at the history and wonderful architecture of this ancient church.   The grave of Sir Goldsworthy Gurney is also to be found to the right of the entrance to the church but you will need to look carefully as it is hidden behind some large shrubs.  More about Sir Goldsworthy Gurney can be found in The Castle Heritage Centre and Galleries in Bude.

I visited the Flower Festival this afternoon and had a really delicious lunch as well as taking home some of the wonderful home made cake!  They are serving tea/coffee, lunches, home made cakes and cream teas all day long.  There is also a raffle and all proceeds from the Flower Festival go towards the upkeep of this beautiful church.

If you are local or visiting the area this event is well worth a visit.  The church itself is in a delightful setting and is located down the lane which starts beside Brooks/Wyevale Garden Centre off the B3072 on the left side of the road travelling from Stratton to Red Post.




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