Bats, Teddy Bears and flower festival to celebrate repairs at Geldeston church

A packed weekend of fund-raising action is promised at St Michael and All Angels, Geldeston.

Starting on Friday, September 29, over three days the Geldeston patronal church festival will be celebrating the restoration and repairs carried out in recent months.

It includes Teddy Bear parachuting, treasure hunt, bat walk and classic cars to a special service on Sunday, October 1 with the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham Usher.

On Friday, enjoy a preview of Geldeston’s flower festival with a glass of wine between 6pm and 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12.

On the same evening, there is an opportunity from 7pm for an hour-long guided Bat Walk with a local bat expert, Richard Moores. Weather permitting, it starts from Geldeston church and there will be bat detectors on hand. Places are limited, so please book.

Apply for tickets to or telephone 01502 713384.

On Saturday, September 30, the flower festival, with music, starts at 10am and closes at 4.30pm. In the afternoon, from 2pm, the festival fete includes parachuting Teddy Bears, a treasure hunt, various stalls, music and teas. So bring along your Teddy Bear.

On Sunday, October 1, the Bishop of Norwich will lead the celebration of the conservation work at a morning festival service at 11am. Nine windows at the church have now been restored. A considerable amount of work has been carried out inside and out to the church over the past six months.

The flower festival continues from noon until 4pm on Sunday.

The Round Tower Churches Society made a grant of £5,000 towards the cost of re-leading the east window, repairs to a leaking roof and other rainwater goods, as reported in the Round Tower (June 2023).

 Details – or 01502 713384

The unusual weighted font cover at Geldeston Church raised to expose the bowl on Saturday, September 2, 2023 with churchwarden Catherine Bickmore, and right, the Society’s latest committee Dr Helen Lunnon.

Photograph, Michael Pollitt.