16th October 2002

 

 LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY HARVEST FESTIVAL

Sheaves of wheat, fresh vegetables and baskets of fruit will be among the many seasonal offerings which will adorn Lincoln Cathedral on Sunday (20th October) at this year’s Lincolnshire County Harvest Festival.

The celebration – which commences at 3.00pm – traditionally marks the end of one growing season and the beginning of the next.

During this service of thanksgiving the congregation will be invited to join the procession of offerings organised by the National Farmers’ Union. 

In 1998 – as part of their celebration of 50 years of agricultural education in Lincolnshire - the University of Lincoln’s School of Agriculture brought together a partnership of some of Lincolnshire’s major countryside associations to organise this annual event.

This year’s harvest festival will be chaired by the Lincolnshire Federation of Young Farmers and supported by the other members; Lincoln Cathedral, University of Lincoln, Lincolnshire National Farmers’ Union, East Midlands CLA, Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, Lincolnshire WI and RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute).

Clive Bound, Director of the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture, said, “With all the challenges facing agricultural businesses today this is a great opportunity to stop and reflect on how wonderful the whole process of crop and animal production and the harvest actually is.

“It is also a great opportunity to meet folks and socialise over a cup of tea – provided by the WI – after the service.”

The donations of produce will be given to the Nomad Trust for distribution and monetary donations will go to the RABI.

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For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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