Mysteries and monuments at flower festivals across South Holland

Stallholders Carol and Ernest Bee, Ena and George Medcalf with (front) Ken Moran doing trade for the Lutton driveway sale at the same time as the village's annual flower festival.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Stallholders Carol and Ernest Bee, Ena and George Medcalf with (front) Ken Moran doing trade for the Lutton driveway sale at the same time as the village's annual flower festival. Photo by Tim Wilson.

From a tragic day in English history to works of art and super sleuths - a town and three villages in South Holland managed to capture them all in flowers.

Crowland, Gosberton, Lutton and Whaplode each took advantage of August Bank Holiday weekend to put on flower festivals for families and visitors alike.

Crowland Abbey's flower festival this year, with the theme "It's a Mystery", is staffed by (
back) Audrey Brown, Val Capes, Libby Jackson, Freda Sandrerson, Rosemary Bristow and (front) Anna Sacks.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Crowland Abbey's flower festival this year, with the theme "It's a Mystery", is staffed by ( back) Audrey Brown, Val Capes, Libby Jackson, Freda Sandrerson, Rosemary Bristow and (front) Anna Sacks. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Gosberton Baptist Church marked the 350th anniversary of its founding with a Great Fire of London-themed flower festival as they both happened in 1666.

The church’s minister, the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton, said: “Our church has a remarkable story, not least because we’re still in the original building.”

Officially, four people died and 13,200 homes, 44 businesses and 84 churches were destroyed during the Great Fire of London which started in the King’s Bakery near London Bridge and spread to buildings, including St Paul’s Cathedral.

In today’s world, such a fire might have been investigated by detectives who were the subject of Crowland Abbey’s annual flower festival.

Our church has a remarkable story, not least because we’re still in the original building

The Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton, Gosberton Baptist Church

With a theme of “It’s a Mystery”, flower arrangements depicted famous fictional and TV sleuths such as Inspector Morse, Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot.

There was also room inside the famous abbey for flower displays representing Danger Mouse, Scooby Doo, Grantchester, Hawaii Five-O and a private investigator based on the same island made famous by American actor Tom Selleck, Magnum.

Whaplode’s St Mary’s Church went for a more classical theme with its focus on Famous Art and Sculptures, including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and works by Van Gogh, L.S. Lowry, Claude Monet and Andy Warhol’s Pop Art.

Finally, Lutton’s St Nicholas Church hosted a “Doubles and Duos” flower festival, while the rest of the village took advantage too as households tempted visitors with a range of goods that were sold as part of a driveway sale.

Val Capes next to a flower arrangement inspired by Inspector Morse at Crowland Abbey.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Val Capes next to a flower arrangement inspired by Inspector Morse at Crowland Abbey. Photo by Tim Wilson.

David and Marlene Twelvetree, Jenny Benjamin and Phyllis Baxter outside Gosberton Baptist Church.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

David and Marlene Twelvetree, Jenny Benjamin and Phyllis Baxter outside Gosberton Baptist Church. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Layla Mascall and John Disley take part in the Lutton village driveway sale.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Layla Mascall and John Disley take part in the Lutton village driveway sale. Photo by Tim Wilson.