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Annual flower festival gets off to a blooming good start

PUBLISHED: 11:52 05 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:06 05 July 2019

An flower-filled umbrella at St Andrew's Church flower festival, which features arrangements on the theme of 'The Gift of Water'.
Picture: KAREN BETHELL

An flower-filled umbrella at St Andrew's Church flower festival, which features arrangements on the theme of 'The Gift of Water'. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

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A four-day flower festival with a history stretching back more than 50 years welcomed nearly 700 visitors on its opening day, with a total of around 3,000 expected to turn out to see spectacular arrangements put together by flower club members from all over Norfolk.

St Andrew's Church flower festival, which features arrangements on the theme of 'The Gift of Water'.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLSt Andrew's Church flower festival, which features arrangements on the theme of 'The Gift of Water'. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The event, at St Andrew's Methodist Church, Sheringham, 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 year on year, attracting visitors from as far afield as Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire and raising upwards of £10,000 a year for church funds and local charities.

St Andrew's Church flower festival, which features arrangements on the theme of 'The Gift of Water'.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLSt Andrew's Church flower festival, which features arrangements on the theme of 'The Gift of Water'. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

This year's theme, 'The Gift of Water' was the idea of church secretary Rosa West, who has been involved in the festival for nearly 40 years.

"I think so many people come because we have gained a reputation for stunning arrangements," she said. "The church always looks completely full of flowers and our arrangers depict the themes so well."

Gill Tullie, with her flower and boat arrangement, which is on display at St Andrew's Church, Sheringham as part of an annual flower festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLGill Tullie, with her flower and boat arrangement, which is on display at St Andrew's Church, Sheringham as part of an annual flower festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The festival runs from 10am-5pm (Sunday 12pm-5pm) at St Andrew's Methodist Church, Cromer Road, until Sunday.

A plant sale will run outside the church and refreshments, including light lunches, will be available in the church cafeteria until 4pm daily.

Rosa West, who has been involved with the annual flower festival at St Andrew's Church, Sheringham, for nearly 40 years.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLRosa West, who has been involved with the annual flower festival at St Andrew's Church, Sheringham, for nearly 40 years. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Proceeds from the festival will go to church funds, with donations to the Stable Door Housing Trust and WaterAid UK.

St Andrew's Church flower festival, which features arrangements on the theme of 'The Gift of Water'.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLSt Andrew's Church flower festival, which features arrangements on the theme of 'The Gift of Water'. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

A water-themed arrangement featuing a toilet 'planter'.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLA water-themed arrangement featuing a toilet 'planter'. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

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