Flower event for Larling church

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.

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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.