Poetry-lovers enjoyed the Poetry and Flower Festival at Sculthorpe Methodist Chapel over the weekend.
The event marked the 126th anniversary of the chapel’s opening in 1888. The riot of 15 colourful flower arrangements were inspired by poems from a range authors.
A poem that stood out was In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae, a sombre reminder of the First World War which includes references to the red poppies that grew over the graves of the fallen and which gave rise to the Remembrance Poppy, now the world’s most recognised symbol for soldiers who have died in conflict.
Others ranged from old favourites such as The Brook by Alfred Lord Tennyson, Home Thoughts from Abroad by Robert Browning and To Autumn by John Keats to nonsense poems by Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll.
However, surprisingly, the organisers found that despite being a charity event copyright restrictions restricted their choice.
“We had to get permission to use all the poems, and it wasn’t always given,” said steward and flower arranger, Sylvia Cooper.
On Saturday evening the chapel hosted a concert and on Sunday a Songs of Praise service gave the congregation the chance to join in singing a range of popular hymns surrounded by the fragrant floral displays.