Minting and Gautby Floral Festival Weekend, Plant Sale & Open Farm on Sunday – June 10 and 11 2017


The Organising Committee of the Minting and Gautby Floral Festival would like to say a massive “congratulations” to the wonderful folks who helped us to organise the Floral Festival over the week-end of June 11th and 12th, and who made it such a great success.  

We would, of course, like to say a huge “thank you” to the many visitors who gave us such wonderful feedback and who appreciated the completely different approaches to “saying it with flowers” which we offered in each of our churches.

Knowing that Sunday June 12th was Open Farm Sunday, we had promoted our event suggesting that visitors “make a day of it” on the Sunday and visit our Festival as well as Minting Park Farm and many of them told us that is exactly what they did.  

We would also like to thank the Horncastle News which gave us a mention 2 consecutive weeks beforehand, as well as the various Lincolnshire Tourist websites which listed us and all of our Twitter and Facebook followers who shared and retweeted as well as the WhereCanWeGo website. 

We were also the venue which BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Pirate Gold treasure hunt programme chose to start from on the Sunday morning and we gained extra publicity and visitors from this event too. We were also mentioned on Lincs FM Radio and looking at our visitor books and talking to our guests, it’s clear that we attracted visitors from all over Lincolnshire. 

We had been planning this event since January and with the weird weather during spring with a dry period, a warm period, a very frosty evening, and then lots of rain and wind, we were worried that we might not have enough garden flowers to put on the display we wanted.  However, in the end, everything came together; we had enough roses, peonies, irises, alliums, red hot pokers and all sorts of wild flowers to choose from.  Our flower arrangers worked non-stop for 2 days putting the displays together and Minting Village Hall’s kitchen produced 60 Pulled Pork lunches, 15 Ploughman’s and numerous home-made vegetable soups, as well as selling slices of 18 home-made cakes, various cupcakes and tray bakes and innumerable pots of tea and coffee served in Ticklepenny Teas’ beautiful vintage china teapots and cups.  

We must also thank those who lent us artefacts from beautiful blown glass plates to a tractor tyre from beehives to spinning wheels to tell the story of “Hobbies and Pastimes in the Countryside”.

Visitors to the churches were treated to performances by the MR Ukelele Duo and Minting Community Choir which were very well received – our thanks go to them too!

Of course, we must give thanks too to those of you who bought and sold our raffle tickets and who donated such fantastic raffle prizes which helped us achieve ticket sales of £573!

Our plant sale raised £70 in profits and the sale of cards gave us a donation of £25.  Both churches received extra donations on each day in each church, with Minting raising around £160 from their visitors.  Gautby also received donations.  

Minting, Gautby and District Heritage Society subsidised the event by taking on the costs of printing posters, flyers and signs.  So, after the other costs of hall hire, food, etc., and following a pre-agreed allocation, all of our hard work meant we were able to donate £638.21 to Minting Church (in addition to their visitor donations) and £201.87 each to Gautby Church (in addition to their visitor donations) and to Gautby Village Hall. 

Thank you again – your support means so much. 

With very best wishes,

On behalf of the Organising Committee