Beautiful blooms in Wykeham

133427a'Wykeham Flower Festival'Christine Cartlidge with one of the displays at St Helens and All Saints Church in Wykeham'Picture by Neil Silk'23/08/13

133427a'Wykeham Flower Festival'Christine Cartlidge with one of the displays at St Helens and All Saints Church in Wykeham'Picture by Neil Silk'23/08/13

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Life in the village of Wykeham was depicted in more than 20 floral displays at the parish church of All Saints and St Helen’s, helping to raise money towards a multi-thousand pound plan to restore its organ.

Local businesses and residents sponsored the arrangements which featured several organisations including the cricket club, village show, weddings, Help for Heroes, Wykeham Primary School, Tea Rooms, Carr Farm Equestrian, Derwent Hunt, Dawnay Estate, Wykeham Gallery, The Downe Arms, Yorkshire Country Women’s Association and Wykeham Mature Plants.

Masterminded by Jo Purdy and Lynette Hutchinson, the festival attracted many visitors to the church, the third which has existed in Wykeham, and the broach spire of the 14th century tower, believed to be one of only two of its kind in the country, which has the distinction of being separate from the main church.

Now the church council is exploring ways of raising as much as £60,000 to renovate its organ which dates back more than a century.

Rosemary Sword, one of the key organisers of the event said: “It was a great success with lots of visitors coming to admire the stunning displays. It showed what talent we have in our parish.”