Church flower festivals begin in South Holland

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South Holland churches are alive – with the colour and scent of glorious flowers.

This weekend marks the start of this year’s church flower festival, with many church buildings filled with decorations reflecting some unusual and innovative themes.

t'Mary Sharrocks, Ray Flood and  Annette Rhodes admire one of the displays at St Laurence Church, Surfleet. Photo: SG2201415-106TW

t'Mary Sharrocks, Ray Flood and Annette Rhodes admire one of the displays at St Laurence Church, Surfleet. Photo: SG2201415-106TW

Churches typically run refreshments, crafts and other entertainment alongside their flower displays.

For example, at Holbeach All Saints’ Church, there are crafts, demonstrations of martial arts, maypole dancing, dance troops and the annual dog show.

During Holbeach’s festival, which runs from April 30 to May 4, there are also demonstrations of flower arranging, quilting plus teddy parachuting from the church tower.

At Long Sutton, where the festival begins on Saturday and runs through to May 4, the unusual theme is Inns and Taverns.

It’s the town’s 53rd flower festival and this year flower arrangers explore the links between inns and taverns, the market town and village communities in the area.

The event includes food, and a couple of special concerts.

Local author Keith Seaton will be giving a talk about shipping in Spalding on Wednesday to tie in with the flower festival theme chosen for St Mary & St Nicolas Church, No more Sea.

The festival runs there from Tuesday to May 5, and there will be catering plus a bric-a-brac sale next Saturday.

Our Wonderful World is the inspiration for the festival at St Laurence Church, Surfleet, open from Saturday to May 4.

Visitors can also buy hot meals, cakes and marmalade, plus plants and crafts.

All Saints’ Church, Moulton, has chosen Homes & Gardens as the theme for its flower festival, which runs from Saturday to May 4.

People will also be able to buy plants, china, crafts, light refreshments, and booked meals are being catered for.

Visitors to St Bartholomew’s Flower Festival at West Pinchbeck, which runs from Wednesday to May 4, will also be able to buy plants, vegetables, books and quality bric-a-brac.

Festivals starting in the next few days also include St Mary’s Pinchbeck (Tuesday to May 4); St Paul’s, Fulney (next Thursday to May 5); St James, Moulton Chapel (Saturday to May 4); Spalding United Reformed Church (next Thursday to May 4); Gosberton Methodist Church (next Thursday to May 4); St Mary and the Holy Rood, Donington (Saturday to May 3); St Mary’s, Sutterton (Saturday to May 4); Moulton Chapel Methodist Church (next Thursday to May 4); St Peter & St Paul’s Gosberton (Saturday to May 4).