Celebrating the Harvest Together
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall sends messages of support
The National Harvest Service, first held in Westminster Abbey two years ago, is now firmly established on the national calendar and this year Canterbury and Lincoln Cathedrals carry the mantle. The Harvest Torch, which is travelling around the country with the national harvest celebrations, is now at Lincoln Cathedral where it will take pride of place until harvest 2017.
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 2016.
Cathedrals taking the lead
Lincoln Cathedral, 2016
23rd Oct, 3pm
The service will host the Love British Food Harvest Torch and is part of Lincoln’s County Harvest Festival. It is 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 will created from donations given by farmers and growers across the county, which will then be given to charity afterwards.
Report and Photos by Ronnie Ownsworth
Kent County Harvest Thanksgiving Service, 2016
30th Sept, 7pm.
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.This year the address will be 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.