NEARLY 1,000 visitors came to Kempley for one of the most successful daffodil weekends in recent years, raising £4,400 for the village church.

The sun shone and visitors poured in to receive a warm welcome, with more than 250 people joining the guided walks to view the flowers and another 160 taking the minibus tours.

Visitors also enjoyed an exhibition in the church, a plant and produce sale, raffle, home-made refreshments and Kempley's own Hillbrook ‘s ice cream.

Martin Brocklehurst of the organising committee said: "A huge thanks goes to all our volunteers, without whom our small village could not put on this annual event.

"The Daffodil Committee led by Glyn Bennett meticulously planned the event with support from our local farming community.

"The Forestry Commission, with the support of volunteers, ensured the woodland edges were managed to allow the daffodils space to bloom and car parks were in top condition for the weekend.

"Thank you all for the funds we raised to maintain St Edwards Church. A total of £4,400 was a tremendous achievement and the best for nearly 12 years."