Norfolk churches sow seeds to reap funds
2011: A South Norfolk churches flower festival has blossomed after parishioners were given just £100 and challenged to sow it and multiply it to raise parish funds.
Congregation members of the Upper Tas Valley Benefice - comprising the parishes of Ashwellthorpe, The Forncetts, Fundenhall, Hapton, Tacolneston and Wreningham - were given a cheque for £100 and challenged to go out and multiply it by any form of fund raising they could think of.
“The problem was how to split the £100 between all the people who wanted to accept the challenge,” said Benefice treasurer, Christine Minns. Enterprising congregation members decided to quite literally sow the money and see what would grow.
“We agreed to do one big fundraising event and the £100 was made available to anybody wishing to buy seeds to grow plants for a plant stall, or for the purchase of flowers for the flower festival,” said Christine.
The resulting flower and craft festival takes place at the freshly painted church at Tacolneston on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May between 10am and 4pm each day.
The theme of the festival is "All things bright and beautiful" and it will comprise a Flower Festival, with paintings and craft work on display, with some demonstrations, along with a plant stall, secondhand book stall, homemade cake stall, a "teddy" tombola and refreshments.
The proceeds from the festival will go towards the general administration of the Benefice such as clergy expenses, service materials, admin, licenses and insurance.
For more details contact Christine Minns on 01508 488123.