Blooming lovely at Bognor Regis church

Elizabeth McWey, left, and Betty Walker, right, at the flower display at St Joseph's Altar
Elizabeth McWey, left, and Betty Walker, right, at the flower display at St Joseph's Altar

FLOWERS brought a Bognor Regis church alive with colours and creativity.

The latest flower and music festival at Our Lady of Sorrows Church saw 32 displays on the theme of thanksgiving.

They came from two flower clubs, worshippers, St Mary’s School and other churches.

Father Tony Churchill, the parish priest, said in the programme: “As we give thanks to God for his gifts, the different groups have tried to celebrate the beauty of creation and to give thanks for the gift of beauty.”

Organiser Ann Holste said it had been five years since the previous festival at the Catholic church in Clarence Road. “It’s all about encouraging people to meet and speak to each other. People come to church once a week but it’s a formal occasion. This makes them more relaxed,” she said.

Profits from the festival from last Thursday to Sunday will go towards the church’s upkeep.

The opening evening saw a performance by the church choir for which the church was full. Friday saw songs from St Mary’s School choir.

Saturday included a summer fair. A Sunday high tea ended the festival.

Visitor Betty Walker said: “People are so creative.”

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