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Finningham’s 50th flower festival hits £3,000 mark

Golden Anniversary Flower Festival at Finningham Church ''Pictured: Lily Elsey ANL-160205-151338009
Golden Anniversary Flower Festival at Finningham Church ''Pictured: Lily Elsey ANL-160205-151338009

The Finningham Flower Festival, which this year celebrated its golden anniversary, has raised more than £3,000 for the church fund.

The annual event, which ran from Saturday, April 30, to Monday, May 2, saw 26 spectacular flower displays decorate St Bartholomew’s Church – all with the theme of ‘gold’ or ‘golden’ to fit in with the anniversary.

A marquee was set up outside offering homemade teas and cakes while a host of stalls offered a variety of cakes and treats as well as potted plants for sale.

All proceeds from the event go toward the maintenance of the church.

Aileen Kilbee, one of the event’s organisers, said this year’s festival had been really popular.

“I was so pleased with all the displays in the church,” she said.

“We have come out, money wise, just a little ahead of last year, so we haven’t done too badly. It went really well.”

On Saturday, the church hosted a special concert among the flowers to raise even more money for the church fund.

Lily Elsey, who was secretary of the Parochial Church Council for 30 years, said the festival had raised more than £3,000 for the church.

“As far as I know that might be a record, she said.

“Saturday’s concert was brilliant, it was lovely to be in the church and hear that music.

“It is the first time we have ever had a concert at the flower festival.

“The flower displays were really lovely sand extra special this year.

“The organisers have put in a lot of hard work but it’s all worth it.

“We were also very fortunate with the weather this year, it was beautiful.”

Lily said the theme of gold hadn’t limited the creativity of the flower arrangements.

“We had displays based on five gold rings, on the golden tree of life, Goldilocks and the three bears and the goose that laid the golden egg.

“They did a wonderful job with the flowers and interpreting the theme of gold.”

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