Businesses Bloom for Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival

September 5, 2018

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Local shops and businesses throughout Winchester Cathedral have transformed their shop windows over the last couple of weeks in celebration of Winchester Cathedral’s Flower Festival.

The competition, organised by Winchester Cathedral in collaboration with Winchester BID and Bella Crafts, has seen sixteen different businesses design unique and innovative displays for their shop windows. Flower-making kits, including materials and instructions, were provided by Bella Crafts and funded by Winchester Cathedral, but businesses were free to add their own creative license resulting in a spectacular set of displays!

The various displays have been judged by Angela Turner, Creative Director at this year’s Flower Festival, and the winning shop window was designed by Oxfam on the High Street.

Speaking of the competition, Judi Thompson said: ‘We are delighted that our window has been chosen as the winning display. The competition was the perfect opportunity to bring together the talents of our dedicated team of volunteers. We’ve used upcycled materials to create our window display, inspired by the Winchester Bible and the Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival. It was a real team effort!’

2nd place went to Rawlings Opticians and 3rd to Winchester Framing. Other businesses involved included: Carter Jonas, Char, Cloisters, Farrow and Ball, Montezumas, Newbury Building Society, Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum, St George’s Tea Room, The Old Vine, Theatre Royal, Toscanaccio, Winchester City Mill, Winchester Tourist Information Centre.. All shop window designs can be viewed on Winchester Cathedral’s Facebook page:

The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester, said: ‘We are delighted to see so many businesses participating in our shop window competition. This year our Flower Festival is inspired by the Winchester Bible, one of Winchester’s greatest treasures. It represents an excellent opportunity to join together and celebrate everything the city has to offer, including our many independent businesses. Congratulations to the winner, Oxfam, and many thanks to all participants.’

Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival returns from 5th – 9th September with Illumination: A Festival of Flowers. The Cathedral will be transformed by spectacular floral displays inspired by the magnificent Winchester Bible, the finest surviving 12th-century English bible and one of the nation’s greatest treasures.

Tickets are available on the door or in advance from the Cathedral Box Office or 01962 857275.