Festival heralds arrival of new church

Flower displays on show as part of Sound and Vision Festival to officially open new Catholic Church
Flower displays on show as part of Sound and Vision Festival to officially open new Catholic Church

THE official opening of the new St Felix Catholic Church in Haverhill was heralded last weekend by a three day festival of music and flowers.

The Sound and Vision festival opened on Friday with a civic reception attended by MP Matthew Hancock, Haverhill mayor Maureen Byrne and St Edmundsbury mayor Christopher Spicer.

Representatives of organisations in the town and those who have been part of the designing and building of the Princess Way church also attended.

Since January, the Haverhill and District Flower Club and St Felix Catholic Church, supported by the town council, have been working to organise the festival.

Valerie Phillips, secretary of Haverhill & District Flower Club, said: “Arrangements were produced by award winning artists from as far afield as Hunstanton, Ipswich and other towns in East Anglia, as well as from Haverhill and District Flower Club and St Felix Parish.

“All spoke of their excitement at the opportunity of working in such an iconic building and of the warm welcome they received there.

“It had always been the plan to produce an occasion which would bring the whole town together. Matthew Hancock spoke of what he saw, as being a sign of hope for our developing community in Haverhill - a multi-cultural community where people’s backgrounds, talents and interests were recognised, valued and used for the benefit of everyone in the town.

Mrs Phillips thanked The Youth and Community Silver Band and Haverhill Choral Society, the choir of St Felix School, The African Choir, CB9 Youth, the Filipino community and the Indian dancers who represented the Kerala community - all of whom performed at a concert in the church on Friday night.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Haverhill & District Flower Club can contact Sheila Gray on 01440 704062 or Valerie Phillips on 07890168944.

The club also holds evening classes at St Felix Church at 7pm on Wednesdays. For more information call Sheila Gray on 01440 704062 or Sharon Waters on 01440 707752 or 07787832451.