Power of flowers is in our churches

Some of the organisers of Gosberton's Music in Bloom festival are Mary Dennis, Ryall Mojer, Celine Cornish, Eileen Nicholls, Jenifa Hodgkinson, the Rev Ian Walters and Colleen Sheppard. SG250515-116TW
Some of the organisers of Gosberton's Music in Bloom festival are Mary Dennis, Ryall Mojer, Celine Cornish, Eileen Nicholls, Jenifa Hodgkinson, the Rev Ian Walters and Colleen Sheppard. SG250515-116TW
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Thousands upon thousands of flowers are adorning South Holland’s churches – thanks to the skill and dedication of teams of talented arrangers.

At Gosberton, where the theme is Music in Bloom, more than 40 fantastic displays depict songs down the years and the floral wizardry has been combined with craft stalls and special attractions including steam traction rides and a display of Morgan cars.

Valentina Murdoch starts her arrangment on the theme of inspiration at Donington Church. SG240415-131TW

Valentina Murdoch starts her arrangment on the theme of inspiration at Donington Church. SG240415-131TW

There’s still time to visit your local church to see the amazing arrangements – and sample some great home cooking – as most of the festivals are open until Bank Holiday Monday, although Donington’s finishes a day earlier.

Arrangers at St Mary’s, Long Sutton, were busy exploring the links between inns and taverns, the market town and village communities within the area.

The event, St Mary’s 53rd flower festival, included food and two special concerts.

All Saints’ Church at Moulton chose Home and Gardens for its theme and one of the spectacular arrangements there is Mary Stanley’s ‘the playroom’.

Mary Stanley with her 'the playroom' arrangement at Moulton Church. SG240415-128TW

Mary Stanley with her 'the playroom' arrangement at Moulton Church. SG240415-128TW

That church is catering for booked meals, as well as serving light refreshments, and there are stalls selling plants, crafts and china.

Scarecrows Go Green is the overall theme at St Mary’s, Sutterton, and the arrangements there feature a wonderful forest scene. Also displayed is a model of the church made of matchsticks by John Fitchett.

• Among other churches with festivals running now are All Saints’ Holbeach, Fleet Baptist Church and Spalding’s St Mary and St Nicolas.

Scarecrows Go Green forest scene at Sutterton Church with arrangers Janice Despicht, Liz Beauchamp and Janet Mossman. SG240415-136TW

Scarecrows Go Green forest scene at Sutterton Church with arrangers Janice Despicht, Liz Beauchamp and Janet Mossman. SG240415-136TW

Father Jonathan Sibley admires the floral arrangements at St Mary's, Long Sutton, with Lt Col Peter Dalziel and Sylvia Dalziel who performed in a concert at the church. SG250415-147TW

Father Jonathan Sibley admires the floral arrangements at St Mary's, Long Sutton, with Lt Col Peter Dalziel and Sylvia Dalziel who performed in a concert at the church. SG250415-147TW