Giving thanks as our harvest comes home
A celebration of the county’s harvest was held on Sunday with the annual Suffolk Harvest Festival.
St Edmundsbury Cathedral saw recognition of the foods we grow, the men and women who farm our lands and the children who will inherit them during the service.
A Farmers’ Market was staged on Angel Hill and seasonal displays and artwork by schoolchildren was on show inside the cathedral.
The speaker was the Rev Canon Glyn Evans, chaplain to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and long service awards were presented to those who have worked on the same farm or for the same employer.
The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, the Rt Rev Martin Seeley received harvest gifts which were placed on the altar by pupils from St James Middle School and St Edmundsbury Primary School.
A special harvest bread was made by Elveden Farms and placed on the high altar.
Those receiving long service awards were: John Want, Veasy & Foster T/A Rose Farm (60); Michael Emmens, PJ & SA Mann and Michael Garnham, Stanton Park Farms Ltd(50); John Hallworth, Hardwick Farms (41) and Keith Flatman, Stanton Park Farms Ltd (44).
Roger Adshead MBE received a special award for services to Framlingham Farmers.