Spring truly sprang at Winchester Flower Club's wreath making session in aid of Winchester Hospice, held at the Brethren's Hall, Hospital of St Cross.

There were 30 participants, enjoying the unique experience of not only learning how to make beautiful spring wreaths, but of being in the historic venue of the medieval almshouse founded  by Henry of Blois, between 1133-36, a grandson of William The Conqueror.

Roz Hall and her committee, Jayne Pickett, Jackie Withington, Margaret Wells, Sophie Neyroud and Therese Fisher, oversaw the proceedings, with Roz teaching the techniques of the design, Therese making simple ribbon bows and all giving advice on a one to one basis, as required.

A raffle of various designs made by the Committee, were also raffled along with other donated items.  Flowers were supplied by David Langridge, "The Flower Stall", Winchester. There was a buzz in the air, and so many happy faces, thrilled with their achievements.

Winchester Hospice now has an extra £1,696 from the event on Saturday March 16 which the flower club hopes to emulate with an Autumn wreath session, later in the year.

The club is always looking for new members. It meets at St Faith's Parish Hall, Back Street, St Cross, at 2pm on the second Thursday of the month and visitors are always welcome.