Flower festival helps raise funds for repairs to church

PUBLISHED: 08:07 21 June 2019 | UPDATED: 08:08 21 June 2019

The festival was a weekend highlight. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

The festival was a weekend highlight. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

Roger King

Newport Flower Festival at St Mary’s Church at the weekend raised £698 for the church’s decoration fund.

The flower festival at Newport Church. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTOThe flower festival at Newport Church. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

The event was free to enter so the money was raised by donations and the sale of refreshments.

As well as elaborate flower arrangements, there were knitted flowers from the village's knit and natter group and paper flowers made by children who join in the church's messy sessions and other aspects of children's church.

The church, which is 800-years-old is Grade I-listed.

Work has been done on the roof but more is now needed to reset the glass in the nave windows and renew the stonework around the windows. After that the plaster work will need to be painted.

Knitted flowers by the Knit and Natter group and paper flowers made by children at junior church were all part of the show. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTOKnitted flowers by the Knit and Natter group and paper flowers made by children at junior church were all part of the show. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

The community event was sponsored by Newport Village Stores, Newport's Amateur Theatrical Society and Newport Local History Group.

Berenice Smith, secretary of the Friends of Newport Church, which organised the event, said: "We are very pleased we had some excellent displays and a good attendance."

It was a one-off event but we might do it again next year."

The festival was a weekend highlight. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTOThe festival was a weekend highlight. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

Enjoying the show, visitors with The Reverend Neil McCleod. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO
Enjoying the show, visitors with The Reverend Neil McCleod. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Knitted flowers by the Knit and Natter group and paper flowers made by children at junior church were all part of the show. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTOKnitted flowers by the Knit and Natter group and paper flowers made by children at junior church were all part of the show. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

Knitted flowers by the Knit and Natter group and paper flowers made by children at junior church were all part of the show. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTOKnitted flowers by the Knit and Natter group and paper flowers made by children at junior church were all part of the show. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

The flower festival at Newport Church. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTOThe flower festival at Newport Church. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

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