10th October 2003

 

 CELEBRATING A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST 

An abundant display of countryside produce will adorn Lincoln Cathedral on Sunday (19th October) at the Lincolnshire County Harvest Festival.

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

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

In 1998, as part of its 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 festival is being organised by the East Midlands CLA (Country Landowners Association), Lincoln Cathedral, the Lincolnshire Federation of Young Farmers, University of Lincoln, Lincolnshire National Farmers’ Union, East Midlands CLA, Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, Lincolnshire WI (Women’s Institute) and RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute).

“The harvest festival is a wonderful way to show our thanks for the food we produce here in the county,” said a university spokesperson. 

“Thanks to the fine weather we’ve had this year the harvest has been particularly good and for this we are very grateful.

“Everyone is welcome to attend and all offerings donated during the service will go to our local charities.”

Refreshments provided by the Lincolnshire South WI will be available following the service.

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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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