Flowers and history at Ballymacash festival!

Tuesday October 11th 2011

At the opening service are, L to R: Alderman Paul Givan MLA, Kaye Sommerville (Founder member of Ballymacash Flower Club), Councillor Brian Heading (Lisburn Mayor), Rev Canon George Irwin (Rector), Very Rev William McMillan MBE (Preacher), Rev Kenneth Gamble (Curate), Ann Armstrong (Catering Manager) and Alderman Jonathan Craig MLA.
Flower festival committee: L to R: Rev Canon George Irwin (Rector), Finny O'Sullivan, Kaye Sommerville (Founder member of Ballymacash Flower Club), Roberta Orr (Chairperson of Ballymacash Flower Club), Irene Moore, Sandra Vanner, Joan Lockhart (Founder member of Ballymacash Flower Club), Ronnie Taylor anfd the Very Rev William McMillan MBE (Flower display designer and co-ordinator).Report and photographs by John Kelly

A flower festival and historical exhibition was held in St Mark’s Parish Church, Ballymacash, Lisburn, over the weekend of October 7–9.

The event celebrated the completion of the recent renovation scheme at the church and sought to engage with the local community which has been served by St Mark’s Church since 1892.

The opening service on Friday afternoon was attended by founder members and members of Ballymacash Flower Club. The special guests included Lisburn Mayor, Councillor Brian Heading, Alderman Paul Givan MLA and Alderman Jonathan Craig MLA.

Pictured at one of the many floral displays at the flower festival in St Mark's Church, Ballymacash are Ballymacash Flower Club founder members Kaye Sommerville (left) and Joan Lockhart (right).The service was led by the rector, the Rev Canon George Irwin, assisted by the curate, the Rev Kenneth Gamble. The address was given by the renowned flower artist, the Very Rev William McMillan, MBE, who spoke of the desire to see the uncommon in the common and the intricate power of creation. Tim Howe presided at the organ and together with the choir, led the praise that included ‘All things bright and beautiful’ and ‘Now thank we all our God.’



THATS ME!David Moore points out a photo of himself to his wife Irene at the Scout display, part of the historical exhibition in St Mark's Church, Ballymacash.  The photo was taken at the Lisburn & District Boy Scouts ‘Gang Show' held in Lisburn Orange Hall in 1954.

Catering Manager Ann Armstrong (third from right) and the catering team who served teas, refreshments and light lunches throughout the festival.








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