Flower event for Larling church

PUBLISHED: 09:57 05 July 2012

The small congregation of a remote Norfolk church will stage its first ever flower festival this weekend.

Funds will go towards the upkeep of the church, St Ethelbert’s in Larling, and local charities.

The two-day event, on Saturday and Sunday, will feature more than 30 literature-inspired flower arrangements based on the theme of A Novel Arrangement.

Churchwardens Dudley Stammers and Carl Foster, said: “It’s a real community effort.

“What started out as a conversation after a service one Sunday on how we could do a little fundraising for the church has turned into a weekend flower festival. We have over 30 local people and businesses undertaking or sponsoring flower arrangements and it has involved a huge amount of planning by a dedicated team.”

The church has an unusual position secluded among fields just off the A11 and usually attracts a congregation of only six to 10 parishioners at its bi-monthly services.

The festival will run from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday. It will conclude with an evensong service.

Entry is free and the church is wheelchair friendly and will have disabled toilets during the weekend.

There will also be a selection of stalls including plants, local produce, books, crafts, a bottle tombola and light refreshments.

A percentage of funds raised from the flower festival weekend will be donated to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice at Quidenham and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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