Buxton’s St John’s Church found new friends thanks to the flower festival celebrating its 200th anniversary.
People who had never been through the doors before were attracted into the magnificent building by the equally magnificent displays inside.
“The Flower Festival was truly impressive,” said the Rector of Buxton, the Rev John Hudghton.
“The skill of the floral artists, combined with the natural beauty of the blooms and the aesthetic setting of St John’s combined to create a most stunning display.
“We have had nothing but congratulations from those who came in and experienced something beautiful and creative to help other people less fortunate than ourselves.
“Everyone who came to the festival really enjoyed themselves. Some had never been into St John’s before and discovered not just beauty but warmth and friendship from our team of stewards and caterers,” he said.
“It all stands, rather sadly in stark contrast this week to the selfish acts of violence and theft for personal gain being made this week across Britain.
“I am not sure yet as to how much exactly was raised for Water Aid but it will be a significant amount that will improve the lot of others, people who need our help, not for another luxury item, but to live.
“Thanks to all who put the festival together and thanks to all who supported us.”