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Lady Sylvia Hermon opens Festival of Flowers

Lady Sylvia Hermon opens Festival of Flowers celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Church of the Ascension, Annahilt.

Lady Sylvia Hermon, MP officially opened a Festival of Flowers at the Church of the Ascension, Annahilt on Friday afternoon 19th May during an Opening Service in the church attended by children and teachers from Annahilt Primary School.  The Rector, the Revd Canon Robert Howard extended a warm welcome to Lady Hermon and guests and looked back on the early Christian roots in the Glebe town land where a church has stood on the site of the present building since the time of Saint Moliba in the eighth century.  He spoke about the importance of celebrating the 150th anniversary of Opening and Consecration of the present Church building and looked forward in hope to what the Church of the Ascension will stand for in the 21st century and 3rd Christian millennium.

The Bishop of Down & Dromore, the Rt. Revd Harold Miller was the special guest at the Parish Communion Service on Sunday morning; and at the Closing Service on Sunday evening, the preacher was Patrick Harris, a Diocesan Reader whose late father, the Revd Canon W E Harris was Rector of Annahilt from 1959 to 1964.

Members of the Mothers’ Union Branch and other parishioners provided Morning Coffee, Lunches, Afternoon Tea and High Tea throughout the weekend. The proceeds of the Festival are being divided equally between Annahilt Parish Development Fund and Action Cancer

 

 Pictured at the Official Opening of a Festival of Flowers at the Church of the Ascension, Annahilt on Friday 19th May is L to R:  Margaret Cassells, Fiona Harvey- Artistic Director, Lady Sylvia Hermon, MP., Sally McCurry and the Revd Canon Robert Howard.

 

Pictured on Sunday 21st May at a Festival of Flowers service celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Opening and Consecration of the Church of the Ascension, Annahilt is L to R:  Ian Dunn - Rector’s Warden, Derek Capper - Diocesan Reader, the Rt. Revd Harold Miller - Bishop of Down & Dromore, the Revd Canon Robert Howard - Rector and Miss Patricia Halliday - People’s Warden.

 

Mothers’ Union members and other parishioners who provided Morning Coffee, Lunches and Teas throughout the weekend of the Festival of Flowers at the Church of the Ascension, Annahilt.  L to R:  (seated) Beth Harrison and Ruth Carlisle. (back row) Sarah McCambley, Madeline McMullan, Meryl Stokes, Laura Elwood and Betty Dickson.

 

Fiona Harvey, Artistic Director presents a gift of flowers to Lady Sylvia Hermon, MP, at the Official Opening of the Festival of Flowers at the Church of the Ascension, Annahilt on Friday 19th May.