Seasons and Celebrations at Crowland Abbey

Pictured are: back -  Libby Jackson, June Wortley, Carol Coles;  front - Val Capes and Margaret Beardshaw. SG280815-106TW
Pictured are: back - Libby Jackson, June Wortley, Carol Coles; front - Val Capes and Margaret Beardshaw. SG280815-106TW

Organisers of the Seasons and Celebrations August Bank Holiday flower festival at Crowland Abbey are delighted rain didn’t stop play.

More than 1,000 visitors poured through the doors to enjoy some fantastic floral displays created by a 30-strong team of arrangers.

Carol Coles with her arrangement at Crowland Abbey. SG280815-108TW

Carol Coles with her arrangement at Crowland Abbey. SG280815-108TW

Among the visitors was South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes, who never misses, and it’s hoped the turnout from the public will produce a big profit to help towards the upkeep of the abbey.

Val Capes, who chairs the abbey’s flower festival committee, said there were some beautiful arrangements to mark celebrations such as Mothering Sunday, Father’s Day, Twelfth Night, and Mardi Gras.

As well as the stunning arrangements inside the abbey, visitors were able to enjoy home-made refreshments, some very well-supported stalls and a grand raffle.

There was a big marquee for the refreshments, which kept everyone nice and dry.

June Wortley and Val Capes getting things ready for the flower festival. SG280815-109TW

June Wortley and Val Capes getting things ready for the flower festival. SG280815-109TW

There was also a chance for the public to see the new visitor centre, which features the history of the abbey with an audio system, pictures and some old masonry.

The four-day festival came to a close on Monday with a special Songs of Praise.

Val is one of the arrangers who has been supporting festivals at the abbey with her skills for 25-30 years.

She said: “The abbey is very important to Crowland – it’s the focal point for everybody.

Libby Jackson with her wonderful sunflowers. SG280815-114TW

Libby Jackson with her wonderful sunflowers. SG280815-114TW

“There’s always something going on there, weddings and things like that. I think people would miss it if it wasn’t there.”

It's taller than I am! Sophia Mitchell admires one of the abbey arrangements. SG280815-112TW

It's taller than I am! Sophia Mitchell admires one of the abbey arrangements. SG280815-112TW