Ravensden residents are hosting a ‘plants for plaster’ Flower Festival and Craft Fair on 1-2 June to raise funds for the upkeep of the local church.
The 1000-year-old All Saints Church is the area’s community hub and needs renovations to plaster inside the church which is crumbling away.
Built in 1166, local people have continued to look after this ancient landmark for centuries and local pride in this landmark is as strong today as it ever was.
In recent years, residents have raised £20,000, which, along with Gift Aid, allowed the South roof to be repaired.
Chris Bend, spokesperson for the flower festival says: “The beautiful church is in constant need of maintenance and as one of Bedfordshire’s most historic buildings, it’s so important that we come together and invite people to our village to help keep this wonderful building intact.”
The festival will include 20 flower displays that depict Ravensden’s past and present in the Church, and a craft fair at the nearby Village Hall.
Chris adds: “Don’t forget to take in the view across Bedford from outside the Church – it’s one of the most charming in the county.”
The Flower Festival takes place on the 1 to 2 June between 10.00am and 4.00pm. Entry is £3 with all proceeds going towards the renovation of the plaster inside the Church.