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PICTURES: Scores of visitors drawn to Little Maplestead Flower Festival


By Newsdesk Sudbury


St John the Baptist church in Little Maplestead held a the Flower Festival..Pictured: Sue Heywood with her display...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... . .. (4488705)
St John the Baptist church in Little Maplestead held a the Flower Festival..Pictured: Sue Heywood with her display...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... . .. (4488705)

The fragrance of fresh flowers filled the air in St John the Baptist Church at the weekend.

The Little Maplestead Flower Festival took place on Saturday and Sunday, attracting scores of visitors.

St John the Baptist church in Little Maplestead held a the Flower Festival..Pictured: Geraldine Holloway with her display...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (4488706)
St John the Baptist church in Little Maplestead held a the Flower Festival..Pictured: Geraldine Holloway with her display...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (4488706)

More than 25 large flower arrangements were put in place by villagers and church-goers, with lots of smaller arrangements dotted around the church, and stalls selling locally-grown produce.

Taking place every two years, the event raised more than £2,000 for the church.

It was held to coincide with the a ploughing match held at Maplestead Hall on Saturday.

St John the Baptist church in Little Maplestead held a the Flower Festival..Pictured: Judy Gosling with her display...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (4488708)
St John the Baptist church in Little Maplestead held a the Flower Festival..Pictured: Judy Gosling with her display...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (4488708)

The Rev Gay Ellis said: “It is a competition run by the Greenstead Green and District Agricultural Club by farmers who compete at ploughing nationally.

“That brought a lot of visitors to the church on Saturday, which helped us.

St John the Baptist church in Little Maplestead held a the Flower Festival..Pictured: Reverend Gay Ellis with The Love British Food Harvest Torch, which is moving from City to City...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (4488709)
St John the Baptist church in Little Maplestead held a the Flower Festival..Pictured: Reverend Gay Ellis with The Love British Food Harvest Torch, which is moving from City to City...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (4488709)

“We had a really good turnout this year, the best we’ve had, and it went extremely well.”

The flower festival was part of British Food Fortnight and many flower displays were themed on the topic of food, incorporating fresh produce grown by villagers.

St John the Baptist church in Little Maplestead held a the Flower Festival..Pictured: Enid Baines with her display...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (4488697)
St John the Baptist church in Little Maplestead held a the Flower Festival..Pictured: Enid Baines with her display...PICTURE: Mecha Morton... .. (4488697)


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