Friends of Longhope Church hosted a special Christmas themed flower demonstration event on Sunday December 5th at All Saints Church in Longhope.
The event was organized by Friends to help raise funds to repair the church steeple which is in urgent need of structural repair, with the bells sadly going silent this Christmas and will remain so until some work is done. repair are undertaken.
Speaking to The Gazette, a spokesperson for Friends of Longhope Church said: “The cost of repairing the steeple is £ 165,000. We have generous legacy donations to help with the fundraising, but we still have a funding gap of £ 100,000.
“In 2022, we hope to increase the shortfall by £ 100,000 through grants, Friends of Longhope church events and a public appeal.”
The floral display event was presented by Beryl Griffiths and Bob Harris, who retired a few years ago but humbly agreed to return to help raise much-needed funds for the repair of the Longhope Church tower . The church was packed with 95 eager to see Beryl and Bob return to the world of Flower Demonstrating. The event included four acts of floral displays and demonstrations – gold and orange, white, pink and purple, and finally red. For each exhibit, those in attendance sang a Christmas song about the colors of the flowers to be demonstrated, including songs such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Silent Night and Mistletoe and Wine. The event ended with a cup of hot tea and delicious chopped pies, managing to raise an excellent sum of £ 412 to go towards repair work on the steeple.
Speaking after the event, friends from Longhope Church added, “We would like to thank Bob and Beryl for sharing their florist skills and entertaining us with their conversation, Margaret Willis for arranging the music and Greenway Trees in Longhope for kindly providing us with our outside Christmas tree.
“It was a wonderful event and will raise vital funds that can be spent on our church repairs. Thank you again and Friends wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
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