You may have noticed that the building work on the east door for the small bathroom/kitchen extension has started. Here are the pictures from behind the scenes:
The final fundraising amount was over £4800 which allowed us to make a generous donation of almost £500 to FIND (Families in Need Ipswich).
This amount of fundraising makes a real difference to a small village like Flowton and where essential repairs are required to our only community building.
Thank you for supporting us.
Flowton Church requires additional funds to repair the roof in the chancel and the vestry. We are offering the chance to sign a roof tile that will be used in the repair work, only uncovered again when the roof is next repaired. Maybe you lived in Flowton in 2019 or used to live here; maybe you want to sign a tile in memory of a loved one?
The signing will take place on Saturday 6 April where the churchwardens will be available in the church between 10am and 2pm. A donation to the repair fund will be required, and a record of all the signed tiles will be kept in church as part of the Church’s records.
Any queries, contact Diana or Margaret, the churchwardens or email @">@
National Churches Trust awards a £6000 grant to St Mary’s Church in Flowton.
St. Mary’s Church in Flowton has been awarded £6000 grant from the National Churches Trust for essential repair to the north aspect of the Church roof. This is in addition to £3000 from the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and £2500 from the Ganzoni Trust.
The church in Flowton is the only community building in the village and serves as a place of worship as well as providing space for community functions and local events. The work, which will begin in April, will allow St Mary’s to repair the roof on the north aspect of the church. Without these essential repairs, the Church cannot remain watertight and continue to serve as a community building.
As we welcome in 2019, the preparations for the Flowton in Flower event being held on 22nd/23rd June this summer are in progress.
Get in touch with Rob or Debbie Clements in the village or email @ if you are interested in helping, or visiting.
Don’t forget our website is still up and running if you want to see photos from previous years or to keep up to date: www.flowtonopengardens.co.uk
Our first quiz of 2019 will be held on Friday 11th January at 7.30pm.
Small admission fee with teams of 4-6 players. Come along and join a team on the night if you can’t make up a full team. Bring your own refreshments too!
3.00pm on Christmas Eve is our Crib Service. This is especially for families with younger children to enjoy both hearing and taking part in the Nativity story. We invite children to dress up as one of the characters if they wish and we have simple costumes available but this is not a requirement! It is just half an hour with squash and biscuits to end – plenty of time to go home for tea and bed before Santa arrives!
6.30pm on Christmas Eve is our traditional candlelit service with the choir to lead our singing. Everybody welcome, with punch and mince pies to end with! Don’t forget that this service is very popular, and gets busy very quickly so get there early!
8.00am on Christmas Day is our Christmas Communion service.
Everyone is warmly invited to the Flowton Christmas Fair on Saturday 1 December between 10am and 12noon in church.
It includes some craft activities, coffee and refreshments, and the last chance to buy the raffle tickets from the Super Raffle! before the winners are drawn that morning. We are also hoping to have the roof tiles for the Hidden memories signing available.
UPDATE! We raised over £1500 with our super raffle and the top prize went to a Flowton resident. Thank you to all who bought tickets and well done to those who won one of the 16 prizes generously donated by our supporters.
We also had a lovely coffee morning on 1st December, with lots of visitors enjoying Jo’s famous tombola, Christmas crafts and refreshments.
Raffle tickets for sale in aid of Flowton church roof repairs. £1 a ticket, books of 5 if you want.
Available from Diana 01473 658335, Margaret 01473 658330, Mary 01473 658522, The Elmsett Post Office and Somersham Community Shop.
Prizes include a week in an Etruscan seaside hideaway (actual photo from hideaway shown here!) plus health club day passes, champagne, vouchers for the Duke of Marlborough and more.
Winning tickets to be drawn at the Christmas Fair on 1 December.
One of our roof-repair fundraising activities is “Hidden Memories” – you can sign a roof tile in memory of a loved one, or just as a record that you lived in Flowton in 2018. These will be put on the roof (signed side down) and will of course not be found until the roof needs repairing! A record will be kept of the names. Contact Diana Fawcusif you are interested and we will later arrange a signing date.
Work needed to be carried out on the roof has to be postponed because of a bat roost, so the kitchen etc will be built first, so hopefully we will have a fully functioning church “with facilities” ready for the Flower festival and Open Gardens on June 22nd and 23rd 2019!
Photos copyrighted: Daniel Somers 2018. Used with permission.