An historic church is preparing to say it with flowers as it marks its 825th birthday in September.
St Michael’s Church in Tilehurst was consecrated in 1189 and the current congregation is planning a special celebratory weekend from September 26-28.
The celebrations coincide with the festival of Michaelmas – a feast held in honour of the church’s patron, Saint Michael.
Celebrations will be centred around a two-day flower festival based on the theme of Celebration. Displays will be made by the church’s Flower Guild, local flower clubs and other churches.
A spokesperson for the church said: “A flower festival is a very special event – the colours, the perfume and the artistry of the arrangements will be glorious – we do hope you will come to see for yourselves.
“Entry is free but we would be delighted if you could make a donation which will help support our church for another 825 years.”
The festival will be launched with a concert, which will be held on Friday, September 26 from 7pm. It will be given by Jo Shepherd and Erica Eloff (pictured).
On Saturday, September 27, the church will be open from 9.30am to 11.30am and 1pm to 5pm – a wedding is scheduled for lunchtime on this extra-special weekend.
During this time a light lunch will be available and afternoon tea will be served later on.
The church will open again on Sunday, September 28. A special service will be held at 9.30am, with the Archdeacon of Berkshire, the Venerable Olivia Graham, preaching.
In the afternoon, flowers can again be viewed from 1pm-5pm, with afternoon teas available.
For more details, log on to the church’s website, www.stmichaeltilehurst.org.uk