Celebrating 50 years of flowers

Father Jonathan Sibley with dedicated flower arrangers (from left) Renee Johnson, co-ordinator Sheila Amos, Janet Neaverson, Jackie Batchelor, Doreen Johnson, Margaret Anderson and Judy Cunnington. Founder member Brenda Williamson was not present. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG260312-08MD To order pictures please visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto or phone 01775 765433
Father Jonathan Sibley with dedicated flower arrangers (from left) Renee Johnson, co-ordinator Sheila Amos, Janet Neaverson, Jackie Batchelor, Doreen Johnson, Margaret Anderson and Judy Cunnington. Founder member Brenda Williamson was not present. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG260312-08MD To order pictures please visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto or phone 01775 765433
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THE commitment of a group of women to filling St Mary’s Church in Long Sutton with beautiful flowers over 50 years was recognised at a special service and party.

A service of Holy Communion was held to give thanks to those members of the Flower Festival Committee who have raised in the region of £500,000 for charity as a result of what Father Jonathan Sibley referred to as “their commitment, imagination and creativity over the years on behalf of the church”.

The service was also held on what is a special day for St Mary’s, the Feast of Annunciation, and so thanks were also given for the life of St Mary.

The service was followed by a party for about 70 people, with music provided by Sam Newton and a celebration cake, at which Julian Proctor proposed a toast to the flower arrangers.

The party is a prelude to the 50th church flower festival, from Saturday, April 28 to Monday, May 7 (10am to 7pm daily).Theme is 50 Golden Years.

Bourne Borders will perform on the first day at 12.30pm and King’s Lynn Town Band at 7.30pm.