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Harvest Weekend

Author: John Riches Published: 9th October 2017 12:21

  A combined harvester in a local field.A combined harvester in a local field.

After wet weather halted the combining of cereal crops in some of our local fields, a number of drier days allowed the harvest to be finally gathered in – almost a month later than in 2016.
 
For thousands of years the completion of the harvest has been celebrated. This year, here in Abthorpe, our parish church organised a harvest festival weekend. On Saturday evening the Old School our village hall was packed with villagers for a celebratory Harvest Supper. It consisted of a meal of sausages and baked potatoes plus vegetables, baked beans and onion gravy. This was followed by a dessert of fruit crumble and tea or coffee and mints.
 
On Sunday our Rector the Rev’d Paul McLeod led a Holy Eucharist service during which food gifts were laid by the communion table. They are to be donated to the Northampton Hope Centre a wonderful organisation that works to relieve poverty and tackle the causes of homelessness in Northampton by giving people a hand-up not a hand-out.
 
Now the stubble in the cornfields is being harrowed ready for next year’s crops. The eternal life cycle continues.

John Riches

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