‘It went really well’ – Sixth Melbourn Winter Flower Festival is bloomin’ success

Jack and Dillon Richards with the Land of Narnia created by Pat Ames. Picture: Clive Porter

Jack and Dillon Richards with the Land of Narnia created by Pat Ames. Picture: Clive Porter - Credit: Clive Porter

The organiser of the Winter Flower Festival in Melbourn said it was a well-supported success.

Candlemas display by Julie Woods. Picture: Clive Porter

Candlemas display by Julie Woods. Picture: Clive Porter - Credit: Clive Porter

The biannual event at All Saints’ Church is in its sixth year and was organised by Rosemary Gatward.

“It went really well,” she said.

Mavis Howard with her Seven Swans A-Swimming display. Picture: Clive Porter

Mavis Howard with her Seven Swans A-Swimming display. Picture: Clive Porter - Credit: Clive Porter

“We had more than 20 arrangements. Many were white, some were colourful. Some were church-themed, some were really special, some were amusing, there was lots of variety.

“The weather was quite kind, the snowdrops in our churchyard came out and it looked pretty. The church looked lovely too – everyone worked together to put on this event.”

Jean Hamdorff from Bassingbourn was very impressed with Marion Farr’s offering, A Walk in the Winter

Jean Hamdorff from Bassingbourn was very impressed with Marion Farr’s offering, A Walk in the Winter. Picture: Clive Porter - Credit: Clive Porter


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The festival has attracted flower arrangers from far and wide in the 12 years it has been running, and this year there were pieces from people in surrounding villages and from further afield like St Albans and Ely.

“We had a good turnout – the craft stalls were very popular and from the weekend we raised £2,000,” Rosemary added. “Thank you to everyone who came from far and wide to support the cause.”

Music provided by 10-year-old Niamh Roberts and mum Caroline. Picture: Clive Porter

Music provided by 10-year-old Niamh Roberts and mum Caroline. Picture: Clive Porter - Credit: Clive Porter

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Money raised from the festival will go towards the church.

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