25th September 2003

 

HARVEST FESTIVAL AT RISEHOLME PARK

Sheaves of wheat, fresh vegetables and baskets of fruit will be among the many seasonal offerings which will adorn St Mary’s Church at the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Park campus next Monday 29th September.

Staff, students and members of the public are invited to join the congregation to sing hymns, old and new, giving thanks for this year’s harvest.

Offerings of food donated by the congregation during the service will be distributed to the local Nomad Trust in Lincoln which provides emergency food, shelter and advice for the homeless.

A collection will also be taken in aid of the Tearfund which is a Christian charity providing help for disaster and poverty stricken peoples across the globe.

“Everyone is welcome to attend the service and all food offerings will be gratefully received,” said a university spokeswoman. “It is always lovely to have fresh foodstuffs on display but tins or packets are a little more practical.

“If you are unable to attend the service but would still like to donate foodstuffs, please take your contributions to the Riseholme Park reception or the university’s Student Union office at the Brayford Pool campus.”

The service will take place at the church located on the university’s Lincolnshire School of Agriculture campus.  The service will begin at 5.30pm and the congregation is invited to join the chaplain for refreshments afterward in the school’s bar area.

St Mary’s Church was built in the 1800s by the Bishop of the period, John Kaye, at his own expense and he is buried in the churchyard along with Christopher Wordsworth, nephew of the immortal poet.

Further information on the Nomad Trust or the Tearfund can be found by visiting the websites www.ptemporal.fsnet.co.uk or www.tearfund.org respectively.

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For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Assistant Press Officer, University of Lincoln, Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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