Croydon Minster Flower Festival

Ringing the bells of Croydon Minster

Posted on May 10th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 1 Comment

There’s joy in being part of this wonderful sound as it rolls out over Croydon

On the evening of Tuesday 17th April I was invited to join Croydon Minster‘s bellringers for their regular weekly practice. I was extra-delighted to accept. I still miss the sound of the minster’s bells, for from 1999 to 2011 I lived within earshot. Weary and uncharmed by anything that we’d seen after quite … Read More »

Festival review: Croydon Minster Flower Festival, Saturday 17th June

Posted on June 29th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

A font-full of hot pinks and oranges – and more besides

Croydon is named after a flower, crocus sativus, the vivid purple bloom from which the spice saffron is harvested. The meaning of ‘Croh-Denu’, the town’s Saxon name, is ‘valley of the crocus’, and the flowers were grown here by the Romans thousands of years ago. So where better to hold a flower festival? On Saturday 17th June, … Read More »