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South Holland flower festivals pull in the people

Jane Francis and Christine Penney were busy arranging flowers at All Saints' Church, Holbeach. (SG020518-113TW) (1917755)
Jane Francis and Christine Penney were busy arranging flowers at All Saints' Church, Holbeach. (SG020518-113TW) (1917755)

Gifted flower arrangers at churches throughout South Holland were telling a variety of stories with the imaginative use of flowers.

At St Mary and St Nicolas Church in Spalding there were thought-provoking displays inspired by St Paul’s letter to Timothy “for the love of money is the root of all evil”, and similar biblical references to money and how money can be used for good or ill.

The St Mary and St Nicolas display was called “Root of All Evil?”, while its sister church in Spalding, St Paul’s, opted for a more traditional theme, “Hymns and Psalms”.

Fun themes abounded too as All Saints’ at Moulton went for “A Fantasia of Flowers”, Moulton Chapel Methodists opted for “Let’s Celebrate” and All Saints’ at Holbeach were focused on “Musicals”.

The Vicar of Spalding, the Rev John Bennett, said flowers were freshly flown in from Holland the day before the arrangers set to work and “there were some beautiful arrangements” to illustrate the theme and “the church looked fantastic”.

“I often heard people say how thought provoking it was,” he said.

Because of the legacy of the Flower Parade, the town centre doesn’t tend to see coach loads of visitors like some of the villages do.

Mr Bennett says the church is likely to break even on the flower festival but may consider staging it at another time of year, perhaps coinciding with a major event, in order to welcome more visitors.

All Saints’ at Holbeach raised well over £3,000 and enabled other good causes to fundraise, including Holbeach in Bloom, who collected £1,000.

The Vicar of Holbeach, the Rev Rosamund Seal, said: “It was fabulous to see so many people sitting out in the sunshine in the churchyard on the Bank Holiday Monday enjoying Holbeach Town Band and the general ambience of the festival.

“It was a wonderful event for which we owe a huge debt of gratitude to all who took part and particular thanks go to Stephen Johnson of Lets Get You Moving for organising all the charity and craft stalls and the entertainment and to Christine Penney for liaising with and organising all the flower arranging.”

Moulton Chapel Methodists hope to beat the income raised at last year’s festival and were slightly ahead by Sunday.

Luella Beehoo said: “It was hard work but it was worth it to keep our little church open. It’s not easy.”

St Bartholomew’s at West Pinchbeck had a busy time and Alice Cook told us: “I think the weather helped us a lot – people are more inclined to turn out and come to these things when it’s nice.”


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