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Published: 28th May 2009 21:43

The full programme for next month's Shenstone Village Festival has been unveiled today. The festival will take place over the weekend of 26th-28th June. The centrepieces of this great community occasion will be the flower displays in the two village churches and the gardens opened to visitors by local residents.

The festival begins on Friday evening, 26th June, when the Village Hall will resound to the music of Gary Setterfield, the UK's No.1 tribute to Elton John, plus a fish and chip supper. The church bells will peal on Saturday morning to announce the opening of the churches and other attractions.

An arts and crafts exhibition, a quilting presentation, a display of vintage tractors and an exhibition by the Heart of England China Painters will be among the places to visit during the weekend. Ploughmen's lunches and strawberry teas will be served on Saturday and light lunches and teas will be available on Sunday, as visitors stroll around the village. "Come rain or shine there will be lots to see and do," said Co-ordinating Committee chairperson, Pauline Sampson. "We are grateful to those who are opening their gardens for others to enjoy," added Open Gardens Co-ordinator, Diana Millward.

Children's events include a painting competition, a fancy dress parade, pet show, choir singing and other attractions on Saturday. Also on Saturday there will be a chance to reminisce at a photo and film show of old Shenstone in the Cooper Room. On Sunday afternoon classic cars will gather at the Methodist Church before touring the village and then being displayed on the glebe at St. John's.

A major attraction will be a concert on Saturday evening by the well-known Midlands harmony group ‘The Surplus Cassocks'. This all-male sextet return by popular demand to perform in the intimate setting of Trinity Methodist Church at 7.30pm. Only 80 tickets are available and will be released on a first come first served basis on Wednesday 20th May, by phoning 01543 480618.

Special services will be held on Sunday 28th, when, weather permitting, there will be a combined open air service at the Methodist Church at 10.30am, led by Rev John Atkinson, and a united service with choir and orchestra in the Parish Church at 6.30pm.


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