Celebrating the Harvest Together
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall sends messages of support
The National Harvest Service, first held in Westminster Abbey a few years ago, is now firmly established on the national calendar and this year Chelmsford and Ely Cathedrals carried the mantle.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall sends messages of support to those taking part and, from the smallest hamlet to the largest cities, over 400 Harvest celebrations took place in 2018.
Cathedrals taking the lead
The service began with the arrival of the Harvest Torch with Bishop Stephen Cottrell, Bishop Roger Morris, farmers and friends. The torch formed the centre of celebrations as the community gave thanks for the food produced by its 1750 farmers across the 250,000 hectares of agricultural land in Essex.
Ely Cathedral 2018
Ely Cathedral ran celebrations over the weekend 12-14 October under the theme 'for the beauty of the earth' with displays of farm machinery, food, flowers, sheep and a wormery showing what happens beneath the ground.
Lincoln Cathedral, 2016
The service hosted the Love British Food Harvest Torch and was part of Lincoln’s County Harvest Festival. Staged by the Lincolnshire divisions of the National
Farmers Union, the Country Land and Business Association, Young Farmers Club, the Rural Support Network and the R.A.B.I. Displays of produce were created
from donations given by farmers and growers across the county, which were then be given to charity afterwards.
Report and Photos by Ronnie Ownsworth
Kent County Harvest Thanksgiving Service, 2016
Organised by the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnership Framework, the Harvest Thanksgiving Service is held each year at Canterbury Cathedral.
It provides a wonderful opportunity for the whole community to come together and celebrate all that the county provides, both locally and nationally,
rightfully deserving its reputation as the Garden of England. The the address was given by Charles Smith (Chief Executive, Farming Community Network).
Each year at the service a collection is taken to support the vital work in Kent of the local branches of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution
(RABI) and The Farming Community Network (FCN). These two charities seek to offer both practical and financial support to those in crisis in the rural
and farming communities.
Photo: The Harvest Torch arriving at the Cathedral
The Harvest Festival Service at Ripon Cathedral (2015)
The service at the beautiful and ancient Ripon Cathedral celebrated all the local producers in the region. The whole community joined together in 2015 to recognise the global importance of agriculture and its vital significance for the economy and people of Yorkshire.
Credit: Joe Priestly
Celebrations across the Land
The website www.achurchnearyou.com is a searchable website where you can search using the term 'harvest' to discover hundreds of harvest services taking place throughout the United Kingdom.