Around the world in one big dis­play

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Fete -

Flow­ers from around the world filled Wood­church church for a fes­ti­val at the week­end.

The theme was The World in Flow­ers and each dis­play rep­re­sented a coun­try with that na­tion’s national flower fea­tured.

Or­gan­iser Ann Preb­ble said: “We had 29 coun­tries so it took quite a lot of re­search and sourc­ing. We man­aged to find ev­ery flower we needed.”

The fes­ti­val raised funds for the church and for the Leo Trust, which runs a home for adults with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in Wood­church.

As Mrs Preb­ble’s daugh­ter, Hay­ley, lives there, she of­fered to help fundraise for a cy­cle track the home is plan­ning to in­stall.

“It was a fan­tas­tic week­end,” she said. “Ev­ery­one was very com­ple­men­tary about the ar­range­ments and said how good the theme was.”

Half the flower ar­rangers came from Wood­church and the other half from Ham­street. Lo­cal youth groups and Wood­church Pri­mary School were also in­volved.

The £1,300 pro­ceeds from the flower fes­ti­val will be split 50/50 be­tween the church and the Leo Trust.

The fes­ti­val was opened by the Deputy Mayor and May­oress of Ash­ford, Cllr John and Mrs Jill Link.

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