Changes at flower festival

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Weston Colville Flower Festival is seeing a change as twin sisters Maureen Garrod and Rosemary Westley are stepping down after 30 years.

The Rev Canon John Fellows of West Wratting Vicarage paid tribute to the sisters and wondered if the festival would ever be the same again.

He said: “Held always on the last weekend in June, it is a major fundraiser for the tiny parish church of St Mary’s, tucked away in the leafy lanes between Balsham and Newmarket.

“Although the twins will be helping to adorn the altar and sanctuary, the overall planning and management will now be in other hands.

“Maureen and Rosemary have also stepped down from being churchwardens at St Mary’s, a post they have held for 25 and 30 years respectively.”

Mr Fellows added that the sisters represent a link with an almost vanished rural England and their work in the community is to be praised and celebrated.

He described their flower arranging as their own free-flowing and naturalistic style, which owes a lot to nature and not too much to formal flower arranging styles.

Mrs Garrod said: “We have done the flower festival for a long time, but it’s right to hand it over to others.”

Mrs Westley added: “We have greatly enjoyed running it and people come every year from far and wide to visit, admire, chat – and boost church funds- but we can’t give it the time and the energy we once did.”

This year’s festival is being held from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday, June 28 and from noon until 6pm the following day.

There will also be a special Flower Festival Eucharist on the Sunday at 10.45am to which all are welcome/

St Mary’s at Weston Colville is on the B1052, seven miles from Newmarket and three from Balsham.