Message from the Queen read out to worshippers
WORSHIPPERS at a Nailsea church had a surprise message read out to them at their weekly service – a thank you from the Queen.
Members of the congregation at Nailsea United Reformed Church were delighted to receive the letter from Buckingham Palace, sent on behalf of the Queen by her lady in waiting, Annabel Whitehead.
In the letter the Queen expressed her thanks and great appreciation for the thoughts and good wishes on her diamond jubilee to the URC congregation.
Church secretary Sally Edmondson had been tasked with sending a goodwill letter from the Stockway North-based church.
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It expressed loyal support on the occasion of the Queen's 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne and enclosed a poster designed to promote the Festival of Flowers at the weekend. The Happy and Glorious floral theme will be on show at the church this weekend (June 8 and 9)
Mrs Edmondson said: "The whole church is galvanised into making this event a spectacular tribute to the memorable achievements we have seen in the 60 years of the Queen's reign. We were delighted to receive this warm letter from the palace expressing the Queen's thanks for our loyalty and support. Enclosed with the letter was a specially commissioned brochure with photographs and a message from The Queen which will be on display during our event for all to see."
The poster featuring a heart made out of the Union Jack and a portrait of the Queen was designed by the minister's wife and graphic artist Esther Searle and is on display all around the town.
The flower festival is being managed and coordinated by local church leader Philip Fowles.
The flower festival is open from 10am to 4pm each day with refreshments and lunches being served.