History of St Peter’s Church in Seaford to be revealed in flower festival

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The history of St Peter’s Church in Seaford will be explained as part of a weekend long flower festival.

It will be opened by the mayor of Seaford Anthony White today (Friday July 5)at 10.30am.

The festival will run on July 5 and also on Saturday 6, from 10.30am to 5.30pm, and on Sunday July 7, from 2pm-5pm.

Event spokesperson Roger Bing said: “The plan is to have something for everyone, whatever their age.

“The flowers, of course, will take centre stage.

“But there will also be various fascinating exhibits in the church hall, including a history of the church itself, which dates back 800 years, and of Blatchington Court School, whose chapel was where the hall now stands.”

The Seaford Monumental Inscription Group has completed an investigation of the graves and their inscriptions in the churchyard. They will have a 100-page book on sale at the weekend.

Further history will be provided by local expert and Sussex Express columnist Kevin Gordon.

The theme of the festival will be St Peter and the church in Belgrave Road is borrowing the Fisherman statue from St Andrew’s, Bishopstone.

In the church there will be a pause for a brief prayer every two hours, and also a prayer tree where the public can attach their own prayers. A prayer tree was used at its open day last year.

Roger said the basic aim of this event was to entice people to set foot in the church and meet its parishioners.

There will be plenty of stewards to answer questions.

Refreshments will be served in the church hall.