Floral aid to climb tower appeal

NAWN 1610012AM St Peter's Church Thorner Flower Festival.Glynis Webster and Ann Stokoe. (1610012AM)
NAWN 1610012AM St Peter's Church Thorner Flower Festival.Glynis Webster and Ann Stokoe. (1610012AM)
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Much needed funds to repair Thorner’s St Peter’s church tower were given a blooming £4,500 boost at the weekend.

Crowds flocked in to see the displays in the harvest and thanksgiving themed flower festival at the village church which was a tribute to a former villager.

NAWN 1610012AM2 St Peter's Church Thorner Flower Festival.Jill Walmsley and Rosie Cooke. (1610012AM2)

NAWN 1610012AM2 St Peter's Church Thorner Flower Festival.Jill Walmsley and Rosie Cooke. (1610012AM2)

Spokesman Ann Stokoe said: “The weekend was dedicated in memory of Margaret Neat who passed away very suddenly a few months ago. The flower festival and grand draw was her original idea.”

“It was the first flower festival for many years. We raised approximately £4,500.”

The preview evening last Friday, was attended by over 70 people and the Grand Raffle was drawn and the 25 winners announced.

Ann added: “An appeal was launched a few months ago to raise money for much needed repairs to the church including work on the Church Tower.

NAWN 1610012AM3 St Peter's Church Thorner Flower Festival. Ann Stokoe. (1610012AM3)

NAWN 1610012AM3 St Peter's Church Thorner Flower Festival. Ann Stokoe. (1610012AM3)

“Raffle tickets were sold far and wide by all church members.”

The Harvest themed flower festival comprised 18 arrangements done by various local people including, children from Thorner School, St Peters Sunday School and Thorner Village Show Society.

Refreshments were served during the weekend and homemade preserved, knitted items, crafts and plants were sold.

“It is hoped that the flower festival will become a regular event at St Peter’s Church,” added Ann.

The festival weekend ended with a Sung Evensong at 5pm and a harvest supper.

* Photographs by Adrian Murray