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Caverswall Flower Festival to remember fallen heroes

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: August 09, 2014

  • Pictured centre: Vicar of Caverswall Reverend Steve Osbourne and organising committee member Dorothy Bassett welcome Caverswall Parish Council chairman Paul Roberts and his wife Margaret to a preview of the village flower festival.

  • Above: Dorothy Bassett, from Caverswall Common, with her latest book of poems 'Where Ghosts March Side By Side - Poems of Remembrance' which she has produced to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

  • The scarecrow in the village square created by local school children.

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A FLOWER festival has been held at Caverswall in memory of soldiers from in and around the village who lost their lives in the First World War.

A total of 23 displays created by local floral artists decorated St Peter's Church.

The festival, entitled 'Home to Heroes' was organised by Caverswall Historical Society with the support of local community groups and was funded by an array of sponsors.

Each floral display interpreted lines taken from a collection of war and remembrance poems.

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Details of the men from the village and surrounding district who lost their lives during the 1914-18 conflict were recorded on a series of wall hangings in the church.

On Sunday night, St Peter's hosted a remembrance concert featuring Trentham Brass Band conducted by Mike Caveney.

A scarecrow competition was organised by Caverswall and Cookshill Women's Institute to coincide with the flower festival and attracted more than 20 entries from villagers.

Children from the two local primary schools decorated the tree in the village square with a tribute in poppies to acknowledge 'all who served'.

An anthology of Poems of Remembrance, entitled 'Where Ghosts March Side by Side' by Caverswall Common poet Dorothy Bassett was on sale throughout the four-day flower festival.

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