The annual floral affair fundraiser on 14 October again drew an appreciative audience. The these this year was ‘It’s a small world.’ Guests enjoyed spring-time floral displays, a concert and high tea. Thanks to everyone who supported the parish, including all who provided the catering, the flowers, the music, hospitality and a wonderful social time. The afternoon took place in the St Aidans building at Onewa Road.
What creative interpretations of the theme! Floral displays and items celebrated a variety of countries and a famous Disney ride. One display worked in an awareness of recycling and re-use. Performers were Peter Reid (trumpet) and Camila de Oliviera (piano), Joseph Reid and Pat Reid (piano duets), Lynette Read and Robert Barnes (piano duets), Edith Fyfe (reading an Ogden Nash poem) and the quartet, Block of Flats. The quartet is: Ross McMillan (tenor), Bruce Warren (lead), John Denton (baritone), and Richard Harker (bass). The group has performed in national barbershop harmony competitions on numerous occasions.
Music ranged from a much-loved Frank Sinatra song to Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto to Gershwin to Dvorak to Peter Rosser and more besides. To round out the fun, Grace Symes played a selection of pieces associated with countries, cities or regions: and the on-to-it audience guessed each one. The people’s choice award for the best floral display went to two contributions: Robin Baxter’s ‘Pacific Islands’ and Dale Kerr’s ‘Argentina.’ Mary Boyd was MC for the event. Thanks to the fundraising team and church members who so generously and with such commitment supported ‘It’s a small world – a floral affair.’