Flower Festival ends centenary year


The 4th Flower Festival¬† in the College’s history, and the first since 2007, closed its doors October 15th with a short service in the Falklands Islands Memorial Chapel¬† following a highly successful two-day show that attracted more than 1,200 people to the College.


Designed to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Pangbourne College and the 35th Anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands, the festival took months to organise and was put together by more than 30 local flower clubs and individual volunteers. The title of the show, ‘Century of Change,’ was chosen to reflect and celebrate the school’s centenary and to illustrate the enormous changes which have occurred in the College’s experience since 1917.


Spread around the ground floor and upper balcony of the FIMC, the displays interpreted and reinforced various themes from the College’s history. They included many of interest and connection to OPs including life at Pangbourne then and now, the advent of girls, sport, the role of Drum Major, uniforms past and present, links with the village, Flag Values, the World War 11 memorial window, ‘Eternal Father, Strong to Save,’ the Paravicini blazer and the school’s royal connections.


The Falklands conflict was highlighted in several ways including a display in front of the evocative main window, through an explanatory display about why the chapel is at the College and another around the RFA Sir Galahad Bell, and by a connecting display to the memorial to the fallen at Mt. Longdon on the Falklands.


Life at Pangbourne Collge in the 21st century also came across strongly. Imaginative displays interpreted the school’s Flag Values, its commitment to the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme, the importance of academic study and research in 2017 and the role the FIMC plays in the life of the school today.


In the words of the Headmaster, Thomas Garnier: “It was a stunning display.”