Donations made to St Mary’s Church in Lower Heyford

Bishop of Dorchester set to attend St Mary’s Church flower festival. 

Green-fingered gardening enthusiasts will not want to miss next month’s flower festival at St Mary’s Church in Lower Heyford. Taking place on 5/6 May, the Flower Festival will be held within the historic church that dates back to the 13th century.

The festival has been arranged by the Friends of St Mary, a small fundraising team that helps to raise money for the upkeep of the church.
The theme for the festival is childhood memories, with a mix of wild and cultivated flowers on display. During the evening of Sunday 5 May, The Bishop of Dorchester will give a special service to the church’s congregation.

Dorchester Living loves supporting local community initiatives and are delighted to have made a £500 donation to help make the flower festival a great success. Creating new communities and breathing new life into areas is at the heart of what we do, which is why we also donated £2,000 to the church last year which meant water and heating services could be installed, in turn helping to make the church a space for socialising.

Andrew Gotch, parochial church council secretary at St Mary’s commented: 

“Heyford is a very local community and is fond of its country church at St Mary’s, which is a beautiful location for worship, weddings and baptisms. But it can be difficult to keep raising large sums for church improvement projects with such a small congregation. The support from Dorchester Living is magnificent and gives us a real boost. The next stage is to add kitchen and toilet facilities to the church which will make it a fantastic place to socialise and meet new people from the area.”

Jeanne Evett, Dorchester Living’s Sales and Marketing director, added:

“We’re delighted to help St Mary’s which has been a part of the Heyford community for many hundreds of years. If you’re looking for some inspiration and ideas for the garden this summer don’t miss the flower festival!”