Melbourn’s Winter Flower Festival has ‘blossomed into something special’

Sue Cane with her work. Picture: Clive Porter.

Sue Cane with her work. Picture: Clive Porter. - Credit: Archant

Melbourn’s fifth biannual Winter Flower Festival made a welcoming respite from the numbness of the bleak winter weather outside.

Rebecca Gatward with her Silent Night contribution, depicting the Christmas truce of the First World

Rebecca Gatward with her Silent Night contribution, depicting the Christmas truce of the First World War. Picture: Clive Porter. - Credit: Archant

Villagers created blooming brilliant flower displays at All Saints’ Church at the two day festival over the course of the weekend.

Organiser Rebecca Gatward, who flew over from her US home in Michigan to attend the event, created a fantastic piece of poppy artwork in homage to the First World War Christmas truce.

She said: “We work as a team, and have nurtured the festival until it’s blossomed into something that is now seriously recognised across the area.”

The festival began 10 years and has grown each year, becoming a firm favourite of flower fans.

Mary Chalk, and George admire Freda Orgee's take on Christina Rossetti's In The Bleak Mid-Winter. Pi

Mary Chalk, and George admire Freda Orgee's take on Christina Rossetti's In The Bleak Mid-Winter. Picture: Clive Porter. - Credit: Archant


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Visitor Mary Chalk admired Freda Orgee’s display, called In The Bleak Midwinter. She said: “It’s absolutely wonderful, it exudes imagination and talent.”

Diane Blundell, with her work titled Past 3 O'Clock . Picture: Clive Porter.

Diane Blundell, with her work titled Past 3 O'Clock . Picture: Clive Porter. - Credit: Archant

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