Huge turnout for flower festivals

FLORAL DELIGHTS: Festival organisers and volunteers with one of many floral displays at Sutton St James Baptist Church. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG130714-101TW
FLORAL DELIGHTS: Festival organisers and volunteers with one of many floral displays at Sutton St James Baptist Church. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG130714-101TW

Two church flower festivals in our area received great turnouts, despite gloomy weather.

The flower festival at Sutton St James Parish Church went “very well” with many people turning out to view the floral efforts on display.

Sutton Bridge Parish Church flower festival'Churchwarden Addy Garwell with the font arrangement ANL-140713-165120001

Sutton Bridge Parish Church flower festival'Churchwarden Addy Garwell with the font arrangement ANL-140713-165120001

The festival was merged with a car boot sale in the village on the Saturday, which was raising money for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Pastor Ross Dean said: “It is an absolutely wonderful experience organising the festival and watching it happen.

“There were some wonderful arrangements and it is so nice that people give their time and donate flowers in order to create the displays.”

The flower festival ended on the Sunday with a big service in the church which was also very well attended.

St Matthew’s Church in Sutton Bridge boasted many floral displays based on a childhood memories theme at a festival which raised over £3,000 to go towards the church.

Over 60 volunteers made the displays for the festival and freshly made lunches were also on offer for visitors.

Rev David Oxtoby said: “It was a brilliant event – it is so great to see the church transformed into a display of flowers, colours and smells.

“I would like to give my personal thanks to all of the community for the support and the volunteers for making the festival happen. I’d also like to thank the wider community for coming along to see what we had on display.

“This is my first flower festival as priest here and it really was excellent.”