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Flower festival for church's anniversary

PUBLISHED: 16:16 14 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

IT may not be the traditional season for flower festivals – but there's one with a difference at an Ipswich church.

St Augustine's Church has been decked out with colourful displays to mark its 75th Christmas.

IT may not be the traditional season for flower festivals – but there's one with a difference at an Ipswich church.

St Augustine's Church has been decked out with colourful displays to mark its 75th Christmas.

Christmas in Flowers was an idea sparked by the church's events committee, chaired by Ann Boxall, with church members and Suffolk flower clubs taking part.

Canon Lionel Simpkins, said: "As you would appreciate it's an unusual time of year to have a flower festival. It celebrates our anniversary and Christmas in a different way.

"The flowers bring out the beauty of the church building and at least two displays are related to the Christmas story."

A preview evening takes place tonight with tickets, priced £4 available in advance.

Tomorrow the church is open for viewing between 10am and 5pm where everyone is welcome to attend. As well as the flowers there is also an exhibition of Christmas cribs.

A concert will be held in the church tomorrow evening at 7.30 with tickets, priced £3, available on the door.

Sunday services are at 8am, 9.30am and 11.15am and a Christmas carol concert at 6.30pm. The church is also open on Sunday between 2 and 5pm, where attractions include handbell ringers.

Three quarters of the money raised will go to Hope House, a Suffolk charity providing accommodation and care for the elderly, with the remainder going to the upkeep of the church.


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