The wait is over for a festival at Ringland church

The Fun with Flowers festival being set up at St Peter's Church at Ringland. Jacqueline Kirkpatrick,

The Fun with Flowers festival being set up at St Peter's Church at Ringland. Jacqueline Kirkpatrick, left, and Kirstie Burton at work at the font on the display called Summer Blessings. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

It's been 30 years since St Peter's Church in Ringland, near Norwich, last staged a festival.

The Fun with Flowers festival being set up at St Peter's Church at Ringland. Margaret Miller works o

The Fun with Flowers festival being set up at St Peter's Church at Ringland. Margaret Miller works on her Cottage Garden display. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

But that is all changing this weekend as it holds a flower festival with a host of other activities including an eclectic mix of musicians.

A team of arrangers has worked tirelessly to put on the event, which started yesterday and is being held to raise money so the church can have running water and to install a toilet on the premises.

The church holds communion once a week at 9am, conducted by the Rev Paul Seabrooks and his wife Rachel.

There is also a Café Church every two weeks and craft morning every two weeks on a Saturday morning.

The Fun with Flowers festival being set up at St Peter's Church at Ringland. Sue Hunt admires a disp

The Fun with Flowers festival being set up at St Peter's Church at Ringland. Sue Hunt admires a display called Ever Decreasing Circles. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016


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However, it was the back in the 1980s that the church last held a large festival.

Churchwarden Dian Frost - who has organised the event - said there will be 22 flower arrangements in the festival and also flowers available to buy.

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Susie Elmes, from the church, said: 'I'm just back from St Peter's and it does look absolutely fantastic - just like walking into a cottage garden with sunbeams streaming through the windows, highlighting the beautiful arrangements.

'There have been no events at St Peter's for some time and it really is a very interesting building and well worth a visit.'

This evening from 7-9pm there is a musical evening with Pimms, strawberries and cream. Sopramo Emma Nuule - who is well known for singing outside Jarrolds in Norwich - will be performing.

Tickets on the door cost £5 adults and £3 children.

There is no entry fee to festival but people are encouraged to buy a programme for £1. Donations will also be accepted in the church.

Refreshments - including a ploughman's lunch - will be avilable and there is also a raffle and tombola.

Mrs Frost said Urban Jungle had donated some plants and flowers to the church.

Some of them will be available to buy with a minimum donation of £1.

Other flowers are being loaned for use in the porch area of the church.

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