Renowned flower festival returns to Sheringham church
Flower arrangers from towns and villages all over North Norfolk are busily planning for the annual Flower Festival which takes place at St Andrews Methodist Church in Sheringham from Thursday July 5 to Sunday July 8.
The annual festival started as a one-day flower show nearly 50 years ago to raise funds for the building of the church. It has since grown to a four-day festival which has become a major event for both the church and the town, regularly attracting around 3000 visitors, with several coach parties attending and many people planning their holidays around the festival dates.
Each year the talented flower arrangers design their floral displays to a specific theme with exceptional attention to detail and creativity. Last year’s theme was “Music in Bloom” and the display “Watching flowers in the rain”, right, illustrates just how cleverly they interpret the theme.
This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the church building and to crown the many events that have been planned to celebrate this historic milestone this extra special festival is being organised with the theme “Golden Moments”. Floral displays will represent special times and events in people’s lives, significant national and international landmarks and last, but not least, highlights in St. Andrew’s history. 28 arrangements will be presented with titles such as “Fall of the Berlin Wall”, “The Poppy Line”, “Rescue by Lifeboat”, “Holding a New Born Baby”, “The Channel Tunnel”, Celebration of Flower Festivals”, Noah’s Ark” and many more.
Throughout the festival background music, played by organists both local and further afield will add to the ambience of the event.
Visitors will also be able to browse the many stalls offering a variety of plants, jigsaws, books, arts and crafts, souvenirs and gifts, jewellery, stained glass art, Christian books, Fair Trade, quality bric-a-brac, a raffle, quality cards and various quizzes.
A children’s activity table will be provided on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival and a prayer space will be available for those wishing for quiet reflection. Light lunches, cream teas and an extensive choice of cakes on offer.
Entry to the festival is free but donations are gratefully accepted. Proceeds from the festival go to church funds but each year a sizeable donation is given to a local charity. Last year around £1000 was donated to Sheringham Age Concern and this year Sheringham Lifeboat will be the beneficiary.
The Festival will be opened on Thursday July 5 at 10.00am by the Mayor of Sheringham, Madeline Ashcroft and daily opening / closing times will be 10.00am to 5pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 12 noon to 5pm on Sunday.
Holy Communion will take place from 9.15 a.m. on the Friday and Festival Worship will take place at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday July 8 with a special Festival Praise service at 5.30 p.m. The church is wheelchair friendly and has disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.
Graham Simms from St Andrews said “A visit to St Andrew's Flower Festival is a thoroughly enjoyable way to pass a few hours. We look forward to extending a warm welcome to visitors to what we believe is the district’s premier flower festival”.
St Andrews Methodist Church is at Cromer Road, Sheringham, NR26 8SA.
Further details of current and previous festivals, and information on St Andrews Church in general can be found at: http://www.sheringhammethodist.org.uk
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