St Michael and All Angels Church Thurmaston was to have celebrated the 800th anniversary of Christian worship on the site last year, 2020, however the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns on many public buildings, churches included, caused the celebration to be postponed.
Not to be deterred, the event was re-scheduled, and eventually took place over the weekend of 25th to 27th September 2021.
The main focus was a special commemorative Service of Thanksgiving, conducted by the Bishop of Leicester, Rt. Revd. Martyn Snow, which took place on Sunday 26th September. This was followed by a buffet reception.
Roundhill Flower and Garden Club, Syston, had been asked to create the floral decorations in the church, this being organised by Mrs Gayle Shell, a long-time member of the club in addition to being a floristry teacher and NAFAS demonstrator.
Members of Roundhill, along with friends of the club plus some of the church congregation set about the task, with floral decorations being created in the font, in window sills, on table tops, beneath lecterns, and on tall candle stands, in addition to pedestal designs in the Sanctuary, plus an interpretation of ‘The Tree of Life’ in the Lady Chapel.
Styles varied from the traditional to the contemporary. There was a full spectrum of colours used ranging from autumnal reds, gold and orange, to pastel shades of blue, pink and mauve plus pure white.
Most floral designs in the windows had been given a theme which either related to aspects of church life and worship, or to historic events connected to Thurmaston village. The sad story of William Lane, known as The Thurmaston Drummer, was one such topic. Other arrangements took their inspiration from the stained-glass windows above.
A large stand-alone feature was created in and beneath the font. This depicted how invaluable water is to human life, and yet the dangers faced if that water were to dry up.
The church opened on Saturday 25th September and on Monday 27th especially for anyone local or with connections to the church to go in and view the floral decorations, along with refreshments being available in the newly fitted kitchen area.
Revd. Tim Day, Vicar of St Michael and All Angels, later sent a Thank-you card to the Chairman of Roundhill Flower and Garden Club in appreciation of all the hard work that had gone into decorating the church. It was a lovely gesture, gratefully received.