Children revive flower parade tradition

11:30 06 April 2014

Children from Drakes primary school in East Budleigh have re-enacted an age old tradition of taking jars filled with flowers to the village church to mark Mothering Sunday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exb 7621-13-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Children from Drakes primary school in East Budleigh have re-enacted an age old tradition of taking jars filled with flowers to the village church to mark Mothering Sunday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exb 7621-13-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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Schoolchildren in East Budleigh have brought back a village tradition by decorating All Saints Church with flowers for Mothering Sunday.

The children, from Drake’s Primary School, each carried a jam jar filled with blooms to the church for their regular Thursday worship, before leaving them in place for the Mothering Sunday service.

The idea came from village resident Kim Holmes, whose granddaughter attends the school.

Kim, a regular volunteer arranging the church flowers, says that recently she and another volunteer began reminiscing about a tradition dating back at least 100 years, which saw the village children bring flowers in jam jars to the church most Sundays.

Kim said: “We aren’t sure when the tradition died out, but we thought that as it is the 100th year anniversary of the start of World War One, it would be a lovely idea if, for Mothering Sunday, the schoolchildren might like to resurrect this lovely tradition and bring a jam jar of flowers to school and then all bring them up to the church.”

Drakes headteacher Carron Saunders said: “We have very strong relationships with the church here in East Budleigh and loved Kim’s idea about the children reviving this wonderful old tradition to decorate the church.”

The children each decorated their jars, and wrote a message to their mother, grandmother or in memory of a loved one.

Carron added: “This made it very personal and helped the children think about the importance of these relationships as well as about the history of our beautiful church.”

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