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Flower Festival at Dorchester Abbey: 28-30 Sep 2018

A spectacular flower festival depicting journeys of various kinds, including many relevant to the history of Dorchester Abbey.

For more information download Dorchester A5 flier – front and Dorchester A5 flier – back

Proceeds from the festival will be shared between Dorchester Abbey and Footsteps Foundation, which is a Dorchester based charity aiming to improve the lives of children with neurological disorders.

Dorchester-on-Thames  is a charming historic village, nine miles south of Oxford.  Refreshment establishments in the village include: George Hotel,   Fleur de Lys Hotel,   White Hart Hotel,   Lily’s Tea Room,   Dorchester Abbey Tea Room

Preview Evening Thu 27 Sep, 7-9pm

On Thursday 27 September there will be a special preview evening with musical accompaniment.  Tickets cost £15 and include canapes and complimentary drink.  Tickets can be ordered using the downloadable Dorchester Preview Order Form
Alternatively people local to Dorchester can buy preview evening tickets from Friends of Dorchester – email Hilary Warburton or phone 01865 341 421

Coach Bookings

For coach or group bookings email Group Bookings or phone 0118 947 3006


To make the festival a success we need help from BB&O members to act as stewards.  If you can help on staging days (Wed 26 and Thu 27 Sep) and/or public viewing days (28-30 Sep) please download and use the following files to register your availability.
Stewarding Public viewing days
Stewarding Staging Day
For further information please email Sue John or phone 01993 881673

Childrens Footprint Competition

Part of the festival will include a constructed tree on which decorated footprints will be hung.  This is a competition for children in age groups: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12.   It will be judged by the flower festival design team and there will be a prize for the winner in each group.

Download the image from Dorchester Footprint Competition , then cut around the foot shape and decorate with dried or drawn flowers, leaves, seedheads etc.  Attach a piece of ribbon through a hole in the heel end of the foot, and don’t forget to put your name, age and contact details on the back.

To submit a design:
• Bring to BB&O Area Council Meeting on 3rd September OR
• Post to Irene Manson, 2 Woburn Close, Caversham, Reading, RG4 7HB, OR
• To arrange alternative delivery options email Irene Manson or phone her on 0118 947 0737

Closing date is 20th September.

The footsteps will be displayed in the Abbey throughout the flower festival.
They may be collected (if required) at the end of the festival on Sunday 30th Sept.

Area AGM – Friday 16th Nov 2018

The 58th Area AGM will take place 10.30-12.00, which any area member may attend.
Following that there will be a lunch – see 2018 AGM Menu choice and then a demonstration entitled ‘Christmas Carols’  presented by Carole Dorward, Carol Ferris and Carol Bennett
Tickets for the lunch and/or demonstration may be ordered by downloading 2018 AGM Lunch & Dem Application Form
Tickets will be on sale at the Area Council Meeting on Mon 3rd September.