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Residents help raise £10k at Stanborough Park Church charity flower show
A flower festival at Stanborough Park Church in Garston at the weekend raised in excess of £10,000 for charity.
The festival was officially opened by the Chairman of Watford Borough Council, councillor Steve Rackett, and the main display was arranged by world-renowned floral artist Rev William McMillan who had travelled from Northern Ireland to "work his magic".
The festival, entitled "Ode to Joy" featured 40 arrangements interpreting well-known hymns which were produced by members of flower societies in the area and church members.
It also featured a concert and gala dinner, culminating in a closing service of "Hymns of Praise and Joy" on Sunday evening, hosted by former Watford resident Valerie Fidelia now living in retirement in Cyprus.
The money raised will be shared between Keech Cottage Children’s Hospice and the church’s Development Fund.
Festival organiser Audrey Balderstone said: "In spite of rain on Friday morning visitors flooded the church all day.
"Saturday afternoon which, traditionally, has been quiet, was very busy from the time we opened. Visitors were surprised and delighted to be given complimentary drinks and delicious home-made cakes and sandwiches and showed their appreciation by being generous with their donations.
"Sunday started quietly with a steady trickle of visitors but by mid-afternoon we had quite a crowd and ‘Pat’s Pantry’ was busy serving light lunches and afternoon teas."
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