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Flower festival marks Norwich church’s 50th birthday

A Flower Festival with an Art and Craft Exhibition is to held at St George's Catholic Church in Sprowston Road, Norwich from September 10 to 12 to help celebrate the church’s 50th anniversary.

“Flowers arrangers from 15 catholic parishes from across East Anglia will be taking part with sponsorship from several others. Local Anglican churches, the Polish community and local flower clubs are also included,” said Festival Co-ordinator, Marie Drew.

The exhibition will be open to the public from 10.30am on Saturday 10th and Monday September 12 and from noon until 5pm on Sunday 11th, with refreshments available on all three days.

Parish Priest, Fr Sean Connolly, has encouraged a variety of events throughout the year celebrating the 50th anniversary, from a Teddy Bears Picnic for toddlers to a free lunch and concert for the infirm and housebound, so that there should be “something for everyone and open to the wider community”.

The Festival also includes an Arts and Crafts Exhibition, which has been organised by St George's parishioner, Gill Bannon. “We will be displaying a whole variety of work by local artists, from paintings to sculptor and from needlework to jewellery,” she said.

On the Friday evening before the Festival officially begins, two former priests from St George’s, Monsignor Philip Shryane and Monsignor Anthony Rogers, will return to concelebrate with an opening Mass.

Festival Co-ordinator, Marie Drew, says the Flower Festival has been a year in the planning and, while it`s not seen primarily as a fund raiser, it`s hoped to cover expenses and make some profit to support The Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem.

Admission is £2, which includes a Festival Guidebook.

Pictured above are organisers Marie Drew, left,  and Gill Bannon at St George’s.

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