Patronal Flower Festival

Thank you for supporting our 2024 Flower Festival

Thank you to all who made our 2024 festival such a great success! The displays were wonderfully creative and greatly admired. Once again our designers, makers and arrangers surpassed themselves, and gave great pleasure to all our visitors.

A flower festival is held each year in the church to celebrate the Holy Trinity, to which the church is dedicated. It runs concurrently with the village well dressings.

In 2025, Ashford-in-the-Water’s Well Dressing and Flower Festival will run from Saturday 14th June to Sunday 22nd June

Previous themes have included: ‘Children’s Storytime’; ‘Nursery Rhymes and Poems’; ‘Bible Stories’; ‘Music, Music, Music’;  ‘An Invitation to a Wedding’; ‘Memories of Childhood’;   ‘Gemstones of the Bible;  ‘The Queen – 60 Glorious Years’;  ‘Old Ashford; ‘The Creation’; ‘2015 – A Year of Anniversaries’; ‘2016 – The Year of the Garden’;’Celebrating Northern Towns and Cities’ and ‘The Commonwealth’ and ‘Out and About in the Peak District’

All donations made in church are divided between the church and a charity. Money raised for the church has contributed towards the cost of a new organ blower, the new lighting system, repairs to the porch roof, the chancel roof and to the south-side of the nave roof.    For several years Holy Trinity  supported the Sallay Koroma Orphanage in Sierra Leone sending over £8000 to them.  Once the orphanage was well established, we changed our chosen charity and were able to send £1,500 to ‘Combat Stress’, a charity which supports war veterans suffering from psychological injury. For several consecutive years we sent £1,500 to ‘Helen’s Trust’, a local charity which enables the terminally ill to have the choice to be looked after in their own homes. In 2023, £1,500 was donated help the relief effort for the Ukrainian refugees in Krakow, Poland.

Funds raised from the 2024 flower festival will support local farmers via the Derbyshire Agricultural Chaplaincy, and the Dreamland Mission in Kenya which provides cataract and eye surgery to those in need.

The village Well Dressing also takes place at the same time. The wells are dressed using flower petals, seeds and other natural materials to produce amazing pictures and texts.

Many thousands of visitors come to the village each year, to see the beautiful floral arrangements in the church and to visit the wells; do come along and join us, we’d love to meet you!