This year’s festival to have ‘partners’ theme

Workers take a break at a previous flower festival.
Workers take a break at a previous flower festival.
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St Mary and St Nicolas Church in Spalding is following its tradition of thought provoking and enlightening flower festival themes this year.

As always, visitors can go purely for the flowers, but the displays from April 27 to May 1 can be experienced on different levels for those who want to engage more deeply.

This year’s theme is ‘Partners – it’s complicated’ and will tie in with one of the highlights of the weekend.

‘An Evening Of Music with Cottesmore Military Wives Choir’ takes place at the church on Saturday, April 29 at 7pm. Tickets (£10) are available from the South Holland Centre.

They have been invited as a perfect example of ‘partners’ in today’s world.

Mary Bennett, of the festival team, said: “We have developed a tradition of holding a festival which encourages us to reflect and think as well as look and admire.

“We have some creative people who have spent the last few months reflecting on the theme for this year and thinking about some people who found themselves “Partners” in the long story that begins in the Garden of Eden and ends in the Heavenly City.”

There will be displays of flowers and artefacts that are the outcome of their reflection on two people whose lives ran in parallel for a time and who found a connection between them.

“They have taken time to look at the world through their eyes and to see how it looks and feels for them, so that they can share what they have seen and understood.”

Mrs Bennett added: “ Come and see. We hope that you will spend some time considering the displays in the setting of our historic parish church that dates from 1284.”

Visitors will be invited to make a donation towards the cost of the flowers and other items.

Any additional money will go towards the church and help with the support it gives to the Agape Foodbank, Spalding Street Pastors, Space4U counselling service and globally to Christian Aid and the other agencies which give help around the world.