Midsomer Norton church celebrates anniversary in style
Midsomer Norton Methodist Church has celebrated its 150th year in style with a week-long flower festival and photographic display charting the history of the town.
The church is celebrating 150 years of its current building and Methodist witness in the town, since John Wesley first visited in 1767.
The floral displays have been arranged by members of the regular congregation, aged from nine to more than 80 years old.
The centrepiece of the display is a 10ft masterpiece that took more than three days to make.
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The display is made of an assortment of green foliage and has a small water feature at the base, representing the fountain of life.
Small lights are positioned around the climbing plants and a white candle at the top was lit during the Sunday service.
Alongside the flower displays are photographs from church members, showing a change in local scenes over the years, including the development of buildings and the people that lived in the town.
The earliest photographs date back to 1905 and include well-known images such as the High Street flood in Midsomer Norton.
There was also another photographic exhibition, known as A Year in the Life of the Church, showing a year's worth of photographs of the Methodist Church, its congregation and events.
The flower festival runs from 10am to 5pm until tomorrow.
During the week, an audience gathered to witness 250 Years Of Methodism In Midsomer Norton, a play written by church member Norman Voake.
All ages from the congregation took part in the production, which started with the visit of John Wesley in 1767 to a small group of Methodists meeting in a cottage owned by Joseph Fry.
The growth of the church was traced through the years, illustrated by scenes of the town as that grew, too.
Like most organisations, the church lost members in the First World War.
A poignant moment in the play was a young solider bidding farewell, singing the song I Have Come To sSay Goodbye by Dolly Gray and then reading the names of church members who never returned from combat.
This brought the whole story through to the present day, ending with a reference to how the church is currently serving the community.
A commemorative Booklet of Methodism in Midsomer Norton, describing the period since 1859, is available from the church reception, on 01761 410450.