Fire Brigade goes extra mile for Barley church tower
23rd June 2021
Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended Barley Church tower recently – but there was no fire to extinguish. Only a blaze of bright flowers which they hung from the tower to draw attention to the church and bring the image of an English Summer to the village.
Parishioners have knitted, crocheted or stitched 1452 flowers which will hang from the tower, much in the way that poppies were cascaded from the Tower of London for the First World War centenary. Others have joined the effort sending flowers from as far away as Australia.
The flowers represent the efforts of many in the Barley community since March, helping them, they say, to keep their spirits up in the face of the seemingly never-ending cold days of lockdown.
Alison White, who had the idea, is hoping to raise £10 per flower for the church to help it to fulfil its vision to maintain the church as a space for the whole village. The plan is to improve access for all, provide kitchen and toilet facilities, and enable a more welcoming building for
all to enjoy community facilities as well as an exciting place for worship.
The Revd Canon Ruth Pyke, Rector, said: “The generosity of people in putting so much effort into this beautiful creation has bowled me over. The flowers are just another sign of their love for the village and its church. I hope we will inspire people from the wider community or who pass through the village to stop, admire our hanging and give generously so that the church can continue to give the village the space it deserves and needs, especially as we are spending more time near to where we live.”