Community spirit blooms for church

Boddington Church'Pictured are L to R - Sue Baughan ( Organiser of the Flower Festival ) & Angela Dore ( Church Treasurer )
Boddington Church'Pictured are L to R - Sue Baughan ( Organiser of the Flower Festival ) & Angela Dore ( Church Treasurer )

A village community will pull together next month with a flower festival to raise money for a church struck by thieves.

The villagers of Boddington are aiming to fight back against crime by holding a flower festival to raise funds to replace lead stolen from the roof of St John The Baptist Church.

The festival, organised by Sue Baughan and Christine Copeman, will take place on the weekend of June 8 and 9.

During the festival there will also be a flower arranging competition.

The theme of the festival and competition is ‘My favourite book’ and entry will be free.

Ms Baughan said: “We’ve not had a flower festival for several years.

“This was one of the ideas the committee came up with to raise money after the lead theft in late 2012.

“We are hoping people of all ages from villages and towns in the area will come and support the festival and join in the competition. It doesn’t matter how much experience you have of flower arranging you will be welcome.

“It’s quite exciting; it’s a good event to organise despite the serious reasons behind it. It’s a good way to get the whole community involved.”

As well as large arrangements in the church, there will be a flower arranging competition for individuals or groups to enter. There will be prizes for the best arrangement by a junior (16 years and under), true amateur and member of a flower arranging group.

There will be stalls and also morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea will be available.

Contact Sue Baughan on 07963 031022 (up to 9pm) for further details or Denise Bumford by e-mail Denise.Bumford@btconnect.com to request a competition entry form.