Pearls of wisdom – and a burst of colour

Central Methodist Church, Brighouse Flower festival. Stuart and Leila Brook.
Central Methodist Church, Brighouse Flower festival. Stuart and Leila Brook.

A FLOWER festival burst into life at Central Methodist Church, Brighouse.

Featuring 20 displays using blooms of every colour and size, from the every day to the exotic, the church was transformed into a floral paradise.

It is thought that more than 2,000 people visited the church over the weekend to view the spectacular displays which were carefully crafted by members of the flower committee.

Among them was the Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Nader Fekri and Mayoress Helen Silvester.

Julia Wilby, one of the organisers said this year’s festival had been one of the busiest.

“I think people have enjoyed previous events and have come back, this time bringing more people with them.

“I cannot begin to name all the people who have been involved. The event brings the whole church together and so many people are keen to take part.”

This year the beneficiaries of the festival are The Hollybank Trust, Overgate Hospice and Macmillan Nurses who will receive a share of the total amount which is expecte to top £10,000.

Preparations for the festival, which had the theme ‘Pearls of Wisdom’ to coincide with the church’s 30th anniversary, started almost two years ago.

There was the opportunity to view the flower displays and watch members of the West Riding Wood Carvers produce some of their fantastic work which was also on sale and an art exhibition produced by the church.