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24
Aug
Today marked the first day of a three day Flower Festival entitled ‘This Glorious Earth’ held in St.Laurence Church, Bapchild.

Harvest, Janet Grainger
Harvest, Janet Grainger


With over thirty wonderfully varied flower arrangements from people as far afield as Essex there is certainly plenty to see, and with lunches, tea and cakes on offer in the fantastic setting of Bapchild Court it is not and event to be missed.

Birds, Robin White
Birds, Robin White


I briefly spoke with one of the organisers Mrs Valerie Smith, whilst she and college Mrs Lynn Mann were busy in the kitchen preparing lunches for what looked like a very busy lunch time crowd.

Wood, Sue Walter & Jean Bell
Wood, Sue Walter & Jean Bell


Mrs Smith explained that “The Flower Festival dates back further than I can remember, it has been around for at least 40 years that I know of, but it always been about raising much needed funds for the Church.”

Animals, Jackie Richards
Animals, Jackie Richards


“We have arrangements from the Sittingbourne Gardeners & Flower Arrangers' Society, Sheldwich & District Flower Club, Rainham Flower Club, Faversham and several entries from Bapchild.”

Sunset, Margaret Pettett
Sunset, Margaret Pettett


“Last night we had a special Champaign Concert and Pre-View evening with 50 people in attendance which raised £500, but with the flowers alone costing around £400 most of that simply covers our costs. However, the previous flower festival which was held three years raised £1,800 so we should still raise plenty of money for the church.”

Update: We have been informed by the organisers that the even made a very healthy £1,700 profit.


Andy Hudson
Sittingbourne.Me




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