A to Z in flowers for festival

Walpole St Peter Church flower festival on Sunday. Doreen Fordham enjoys the exhibits.'www.fenlandcitizen.co.uk/buyaphoto
Walpole St Peter Church flower festival on Sunday. Doreen Fordham enjoys the exhibits.'www.fenlandcitizen.co.uk/buyaphoto

Planning for this year’s annual Walpole St Peter’s Church flower Festival is well under-way.

The event, which attracts coach-loads of visitors, is set to run from Saturday June 1 to Wednesday June 5 and this year will have the Alphabet for its theme.

There are around 26 displays made up of more than 3,000 blooms - although there will be one letter missing from the displays - a deliberate ploy as it will form part of a quiz.

Displays are being created by a band of about 40 arrangers and there will be displays from the school, gardening club and various other organisations as well as individuals.

This year is extra special as the newly refurbished Chancel will be completed and will be open for the first time since September.

The Sunday service at 9.30am will be led by the Bishop of Ely, the Right Rev Stephen Conway and will see the licensing of the new Priest in Charge, the Rev Neil Batcock and will also include Eucharist.

The chancel has been completely restored at the cost of £200,000 donated by English Heritage, All Churches Trust, Norfolk Churches Trust, National Churches Trust and around £27,000 raised locally by the parish.