AN AWARD winning florist from Ilminster has given groups in the town a funding boost thanks to a series of Easter demonstrations.

This is the second year that Cottage Flowers has organised Easter fundraisers, following in the vein of its popular Christmas demonstrations.

Money raised from the latest event has been given to the mayor’s fund, and a charity cheque was collected by the mayor of Ilminster, Cllr Julie Fowler.

The Flowers for Easter floral demonstrations were held on April 3 at the Warehouse Theatre.

Cottage Flowers owner Angie Blackwell was joined onstage by staff members Jacalyn and Holly.

Together they showcased more than 30 different designs.

Cllr Fowler said “I am delighted that Cottage Flowers have chosen The Mayor’s Fund for Local Charities as the beneficiary of their Easter flower demonstration.

“Angie Blackwell and her team provided an excellent morning of top tips for floral arrangements, which was accompanied by Angie’s own inimitable style of commentary, combining anecdotes, humour and inspiration.

“Cottage Flowers are always very supportive and the generous donation of £250 has enabled extra financial help to be given to projects in our community.”

110 people turned out for the event and saw spring designs with the season’s best British and Dutch flowers.

Angie Blackwell said: “It was amazing. It was a sell out morning with more than 120 people.

“The mayor opened and closed it, and it finished with a standing ovation.

“We have lots of workshops coming up in the summer, lots of demonstrations.

“It was just a great time, with coffee and cake too.”

For more information, call Cottage Flowers on 01460 53020.