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Press release: The counties of Essex and Cambridge play host to National Harvest Service 2018


Press release: The counties of Essex and Cambridge play host to National Harvest Service 2018

The counties of Essex and Cambridge play host to National Harvest Service 2018

This year the Dioceses of Chelmsford and Ely are jointly hosting this year’s National Harvest Festival on the 30th September 2018 and the 14th October, respectively.The event has long been supported by HRH, The Duchess of Cornwall who has written the foreword to the Order of Service.

The Chelmsford service begins at 3.30pm with the arrival of the Harvest Torch with Bishop Stephen Cottrell, Bishop Roger Morris, farmers and friends. The torch commissioned by Love British Food will form the centre of celebrations as the community gives thanks for the food produced by its 1750 farmers across the 250,000 hectares of agricultural land in Essex.

The Harvest Torch then makes its way to Ely Cathedral where weekend celebrations run from 12-14 October and will be formally presented at their Songs of Praise service on the Sunday.Under the theme ‘For the beauty of the earth’ there will be displays of farm machinery, food, flowers, sheep and a wormery showing what happens beneath the ground.

The Harvest Torch was blessed in Westminster Abbey and has travelled around England from Westminster Abbey to Canterbury and last year to St. David’s Cathedral in Wales.Made by Master Blacksmith Andy Hall, it’s a special sculpture symbolising the harvest and a beacon of the Love British Food campaign.

HRH, The Duchess of Cornwall has written a foreword for the Harvest Service programme in it she says, “Years ago, in Britain, Harvest Festival was almost as important a part of our nation’s calendar as Christmas and Easter so I am very pleased that the team behind British Food Fortnight is maintaining it as an important part of the nation’s year.”

Rural Adviser and Agricultural Chaplain for the Diocese of Chelmsford, Revd Janet Nicholls said, “It is a huge privilege for the Diocese of Chelmsford to be hosting the National Harvest Torch in 2018. It has been a delight to work with Love British Food in preparation for our service which includes farmers and food producers, school children, Essex Young Farmers, Essex Agricultural Society, NFU, RABI, FCN, Writtle University College and a range of food producers. We will truly celebrate and give thanks to God for the rich diversity of food produced across Essex and the commitment of those who produce it.”