Second Elizabethan era is celebrated

Celebrating all things Elizabethan: Back (from left) ' Marion Butterfield, Cynthia Causer, June Stanton, Joyce Mayne, Pat Saxton; front ' Julie Speed, Tina Hoyles and Maggie Holmwood. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG230812-131TW

Celebrating all things Elizabethan: Back (from left) ' Marion Butterfield, Cynthia Causer, June Stanton, Joyce Mayne, Pat Saxton; front ' Julie Speed, Tina Hoyles and Maggie Holmwood. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG230812-131TW

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LUTTON Church celebrated The Second Elizabethan Era with a four-day flower festival.

The church is one of the few remaining brick-built, pre-Reformation churches and has lived through two Elizabethan eras.

The £3,000 raised from the flower festival will help meet the cost of ongoing building work as the church is being renovated.

Parochial church council member Joyce Mayne set there was a setback 18 months ago when lead was stolen from the roof, which meant the church had to find another £5,000 because insurance doesn’t cover the whole cost of repairs.

A small team of flower arrangers led by Marion Butterfield created a host of arrangements to represent milestones in Elizabeth II’s reign, including her jubilees, information technology and Britain’s first woman prime minister, Margaret Thatcher.

Mrs Mayne said Mrs Butterfield had to go into hospital a week before the festival, but was back in time to help with the displays.

South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes and his family attended on the last day to help with the prize draw.