Creating something spectacular

The Remember, Rejoice Flower Festival will be held between 15-18 September.
The Remember, Rejoice Flower Festival will be held between 15-18 September.

It was about a year ago that the Rev Geoff Hollingsworth asked Andrew Grisewood to create a flower festival in All Saints Church, Pocklington, to commemorate World War 1 and to pay tribute to those who served their country.

The festival will be an enormously prestigious and spectacular occasion.

Andrew is well qualified for this job as he specialises in using flowers and plant material in all its forms to create a scene and tell a story on stage in front of audiences of up to 600 all over the country.

He is a floral art demonstrator qualified at national level (there are currently only 64 people who have this qualification in Britain) for the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS).

As a founder member of Pocklington Flower Club who joined at the age of 13, Andrew trained in City and Guilds Flower Arrangement at Bishop Burton College and his career has since taken off.

He runs floral art classes locally and travels all over the country demonstrating his skills, often to raise funds for charity as well as for entertainment.

Many readers will have seen his demonstrations.

In the past 20 years he has worked closely with Caroline Nash, from Bainton, also a Pocklington Flower Club Member, who has similar qualifications and was the designer of the Flower Festival at Beverley Minster in 1995, so he invited her to be his co-designer for this festival.

Many hours have gone into the planning of what will be an amazing display, not only artistically creative but also educational.

A children’s quiz is planned to keep their interest.

Poppies created by local people will be featured around the church.

They have invited highly qualified NAFAS colleagues from across the north of England to create exhibits as well as local flower club members.

Their designs will take you on a journey through the four years of 1914-1918, and their expertise will use flowers and many forms of plant material to tell this story.

In a church of this size it was not possible to cover all aspects of the war, so they have chosen many subjects that are relevant to the local area, that involve the arts, the church itself and particularly remembering those on the memorial plaque in the church.

Many of these young men joined the East Riding Regiment, or the Yorkshire Waggoners that was set up by Sir Tatton Sykes from Sledmere – their own memorial is at Sledmere.

Local hero, Harry Blanshard Wood, VC MM, featured in the Pocklington Post on Thursday 15 March 2018, will also be remembered.

They also looked at influences from across the globe and the emotional side of the country at war – you may need to bring your tissues with you when you come!

It will be very moving and beautifully depicted – certainly not to be missed.

For some older people, memories may well be jogged!

Andrew and Caroline feel it is a great privilege to be asked to design an event which was so significant to our town.

The funds raised will benefit both the local Royal British Legion, who are part of the team, and the church.

So put the date in your diary and make sure you come to see this wonderful work created by the cream of floral artists in the north.

Tickets for the very special event are priced at just £5.

For information and bookings visit the website