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Flower arrangers at St Mary's Church in Chidham
Flower arrangers at St Mary's Church in Chidham
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A CHURCH will play host to a flower festival to mark the sealing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede on the Thames by King John in June 1215.

Flower arrangers at St Mary’s in Chidham will be interpreting various clauses of the charter to give a feel of medieval England.

Stitchers have created wall hangings of the Coats of Arms of the 25 barons whose rebellion forced John to the negotiating table and local children have offered their help in decorating the area outside the church with a representation of the Thames flowing up to the porch door.

The event will also include tea and cake to enjoy on the vicarage lawn, a quiz for the children, and a walk to the Chichester Harbour shore afterwards.

St Mary’s is in Cot Lane, Chidham, Chichester, PO18 8TA.

The festival will be free and takes place on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 from 10am to 6pm and Sunday, June 21 from 12.30 to 6pm.