Art and flower festivals provide bursts of colour

Rachel Essam with her South Africa-themed flower display at St Mary's Church, Whaplode.
Rachel Essam with her South Africa-themed flower display at St Mary's Church, Whaplode.

The bank holiday weekend proved a busy one for South Holland churches as flower festivals and an arts exhibition brought visitors through their doors.

St Mary’s in Whaplode its annual flower event called God’s Colourful World which also included an organ recital, craft and produce display in the village hall, live music and bell ringing.

June Stanton presents her flower arrangement, Displaying the Countryside, at St Nicholas Church, Lutton.

June Stanton presents her flower arrangement, Displaying the Countryside, at St Nicholas Church, Lutton.

The church hosted a songs of praise evening on Sunday when the Vicar of Fleet, Rev Rosemary Goddard who retires next month, was the guest speaker.

On Bank Holiday Monday, families were encouraged to bring their teddies and other cuddly toys for a parachute drop from the top of the church and the festival was rounded off with a hog roast.

Churchwarden Roy Willingham said: “We had a full programme of events and there was a lot of support from people who came to see us.”

Things I Can’t Do Without was the theme at St Nicholas Church, Lutton, for its flower festival which raised more than £4,000 towards improvements.

Like Whaplode, attractions included craft and produce stalls, a songs of praise evening and plant sales.

Joyce Mayne, one of the organisers, said: “It went extremely well and the support from the village was terrific.

“We’re now looking forward to having a heritage day on September 14 with quilting demonstrations, flower arranging and bell ringing.”