Flower festival marks monks arrival
12:26pm Friday 16th August 2013 in What's on
A SPECIAL church flower festival will commemorate 900 years since the first monks arrived in St Dogmaels this month.
This year is an important year for St Dogmaels as the parishioners of the historic fishing village celebrate the founding of the Abbey of the Blessed Mary of Cethmais (Cemais), ie St Dogmaels Abbey.
Various successful events have taken place in the village with great enthusiasm throughout this year, and St Dogmaels church will hold its annual flower festival August 23 to 30.
The theme this year is based on the history of the Abbey, which has provided a wealth of interesting and factual details which have been interpreted creatively through flowers.
The abbey buildings that remain on site today belong to the monastery founded inthe 12th centuary by Robert Fitz Martin.
The monks wore grey habits instead of black but kept to the Benedictine way.
At about the same time, a small priory of Benedictine monks was founded at Cardigan, called the black cell of Cardigan. They wore black habits and were established were Cardigan memorial hospital stands today.
The flower arrangements depict important key features of historical importance, such as Tiron, northern France, the Sagranus Stone, Seine fishing, prayer, Abbot Fulchard, Rev Henry Vincent and monastic tasks.
The historical church of St Dogmaels displays old stones that have created a great deal of interest over the years. The alter has been stripped down to reveal the large slabs of the high alter, which was founded in the 1930s in the sanctuary of the abbey.
Historical comments are displayed alongside the arrangements.
A warm welcome to all, doors open 10am to 6pm, refreshments available all day,
Relax, enjoy and experience the history.