Flower festival for charity

PUBLISHED: 09:59 19 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:58 19 July 2013

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The annual St Margaret's Church flower festival is now well underway in Topsham, with the aim once again of entertaining visitors and raising money for good causes.

The chosen theme of this year’s festival is Creation, and 46 exhibits are expected, prepared by church supporters, local groups and charities.

Among those taking part will be Devon in Sight, Hospiscare, Topsham School, St Luke’s Church, Topsham Art Group, and Estuary Players.

As well as the flowers, the church’s Victorian alter frontal, which is currently being restored by the town’s sewing group, will also be on display, with a dedicated flower arrangement to draw it to the attention of visitors.

Every year, money raised is divided between church funds and a charity, and this year the beneficiaries will be Topsham-based Estuary League of Friends.

Charity chief executive Rachel Gilpin said: “We’re delighted and extremely grateful to St Margaret’s Church for inviting us to be the principal charity benefitting from this year’s event.

“With the fantastic weather we are hoping for a record number of visitors.”

The festival is a highlight of the Topsham summer, and in recent years visitors have come from as far as Barnstaple, Plymouth and even the Midlands. Last year’s event, which had the theme of Jubilations, raised £2,400 for the church and Devon in Sight.

The festival will be open today (Friday) between 10am and 8pm, and tomorrow between 10am and 5pm.

Admission is free, but there will be a collection, and tea, coffee, and cream teas will also be served, and for a charge of £5.50 there will be a lunch of quiche, salad and cake, from the Kitchen Deli.

Wilkinson Grant have also supported this year’s event by donating posters.

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