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50th anniversary Flower Festival

Friday 20th May 2011

Flower festival bannerLostwithiel & District Floral Art Group are celebrating their Golden Anniversary in 2011. To mark the occasion a floral celebration of Lostwithiel, the landmarks and businesses that make up the town, was held in St Bartholomew's Church from 12th to 16th May, during the Daphne Du Maurier Festival and over the LostFest weekend.

Both Lostwithiel and St Winnow schools took part in the Flower Festival with most of the pupils from Lostwithiel School arranging a shoe or boot. One of our flower club members took flowers to them and guided them in this art form, no doubt new to most of the children.

Flower arranged shoes and bootsThere was a continuous steady stream of visitors for most of the 5 days, particularly during LostFest when up to 5000 visitors came to Lostwithiel for the two day festival of arts, crafts and music. In excess of £2,000 was collected aid of Cornwall Hospice Care & St Bartholomew's Church. The Floral Art Group are grateful to all visitors for their generous contributions.

The Floral Art Group would like to thank the Reverend Phillip Conway and all from the church for allowing us to use the church but also for the involvement and hard work he and many others gave. The ladies that provided refreshments did great work running teas, coffees and cakes all the time the festival was open. We had help from church members putting up the gateway greenery and banner outside, not easy jobs and others opened and closed the church for us each day.

Great thanks go to all the shops and businesses in and around the town who kindly sponsored the flower festival. Flowers are a very expensive commodity and the group were totally reliant on them to get the festival off the ground. Many individuals also gave sponsorship money.

Cottage garden outside St Bartholomew's Church in LostwithielThe group also expressed their thanks to everyone at LostFest for their great support, hard work on every front, incredible enthusiasm and inclusion in publicity and the LostFest programme which allowed the Flower Festival to reach a much wider audience.

Overall it is felt that the Flower Festival was a truly community event involving so many people and institutions of the town and it has been an event we are very proud to have been part of - everyone has commented how beautiful it was!




Church gate

The church gate during LostFest

Flower filled shoes lining the path to the church

Shoes arranged by Lostwithiel and St Winnow schools

Anns Gallery

Ann's Gallery's display


The civil war

The Civil War

Cornish cheeses

Cornish cheeses

Fantasia Bridal

Fantasia Bridal's display


Muffins Tea Room and Deli's display

Mountchase Pharmacy

Mountchase Pharmacy's display

RJ Motors

RJ Motor's display

Lady Chapel

The Lady Chapel

Lostwithiel Medical Centre

Lostwithiel Medical Centre


Restormel Castle

Romantic Englishwoman

The Romantic Englishwoman's display

Lostwithiel Town Council

Lostwithiel Town Council

Uzella Court

Uzella Court's display

Fossil flower display

The fossil flower display

The aisle

The aisle

Lostwithiel Bakery

Lostwithiel Bakery's display

Duchy of Cornwall Nursery and Duchy Timber

Duchy of Cornwall Nursery and Duchy Timber's displays

Deja Vu

Deja Vu's display

Fire station

Lostwithiel Fire Station

Lostwithiel Museum

Lostwithiel Museum

Pelyn Vets

Pelyn Vetinary Group's display

The River Fowey

The River Fowey


The Pulpit

Memorial Window

The Memorial window

Tea set

Duchy Coffee Shop's display

Lostwithiel Town Band

Lostwithiel Town Band

Trewithen Dairy

Trewithen Dairy's display

Watts Trading

Watts Trading's display