Flower festival set to celebrate 50th anniversary of Sheringham church
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Floral designers from towns and villages all over north Norfolk are busy preparing for one of the area's biggest flower festivals, which opens at St Andrew's Methodist Church, Sheringham, on July 5.
Originally a one-day event, the annual festival was first held to raise funds for the building of the Cromer Road church, which, in 1968, replaced Methodist chapels in Beeston Road and Station Road.
It has since grown to stretch over four days, attracting around 3,000 visitors a year and raising upwards of £10,000 for church funds and local good causes.
More than 40 flower arrangers from all over the county regularly take part, with a team of nearly 100 church volunteers working behind the scenes to welcome visitors, man stalls and prepare and serve lunches.
This year's festival, which will be on the theme of 'Golden Moments', is part of a year-long programme of events marking the 50th anniversary of the church, including services taken by past ministers, an anniversary tea, and a singing praise event, which, led by the New Music Group a few weeks ago, saw congregation members sing 50 hymns in a day.
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The festival will feature nearly 30 floral arrangements representing momentous events ranging from the fall of the Berlin Wall, to the building of the Channel Tunnel.
Other displays will depict a lifeboat rescue, the joy of holding a newborn baby, the North Norfolk Railway, Noah's Ark, and highlights in the history of St Andrew's.
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Visitors will also be able to listen to music played by a team of organists, browse stalls selling plants, arts and crafts, books and bric-a-brac, and tuck in to cakes, light lunches and cream teas in the church cafe.
An activity table will be laid on for youngsters, with a prayer space available for quiet reflection.
Proceeds will go to church funds, with a donation also going to Sheringham RNLI.
St Andrew's Flower Festival, which runs until July 8, will be opened by Sheringham mayor Madeleine Ashcroft on July 5 at 10am. Opening times are 10am-5pm daily (Sunday midday-4pm), with Holy Communion at 9.15am on July 6 and festival worship at 10.30am and a special festival praise service at 5.30pm on July 8.
For more information, visit wwww.sheringhammethodist.org.uk