Maybole 500 Flower Festival

12th August 2017

This was the chosen theme for our Community Flower Festival, part of the final month of celebrations of Maybole’s 500th Anniversary of Burgh Status.

Members of our congregation, friends from our sister churches in Maybole, various community groups and organisations rose to the challenge and proved there is a wealth of talent for floral art in our wee town.  After a great team effort from the whole community the church was ready for the weekend.  The displays were simply stunning.

At 10.30am on Saturday 5th August Jim welcomed invited guests and members of the public to the church.  Senga Mason, representing Maybole 500 Group said a few words before our Gala King and Queen, Liam Grant and Abi Bailey pulled the ribbon from the doorway to open the event, and led invited guests, including the Marquis and Marchioness of Ailsa, into the church to enjoy the displays.

We are grateful to the Maybole 500 Group who asked us to host this year’s Festival.  It tied in beautifully with our patronal festival weekend in the year when we celebrate the 170th Anniversary of our congregation.

David Kiltie, from the Maybole 500 Group commented, “We are happy to be able to work with the Flower Festival organisers this year.  It is another opportunity for us to highlight the history and heritage of our town and I think the project funders – the Leader Programme, Heritage Lottery Fund, North Carrick Community Benefit Fund, South Ayrshire Council and the Ayrshire Youth Arts Network – will welcome this support for the Flower Festival which, in itself, is part of our heritage.”

Throughout the weekend we offered tea/coffee and home-bakes in the hall, had a raffle and cake/produce stall.  All of these were well supported with a steady stream of visitors all weekend.  A lot of hard work but well worth the effort, thank you everyone who helped in any way.