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Harvest Festival

Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home; all is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.

Come and join us at one of the many services and celebrations in our Benefice.

Do not miss out on the Greens Norton Harvest Supper on Friday 22nd September in the Village Hall with Mike Potter’s properly potty Potted Panto! Book your ticket to avoid disappointment.

Harvest festivals of praise and prayer on
Sunday 24th September at 11.00 am at Greens Norton
Caldecote and Bradden both at 6.00 pm.
Sunday 1st October at 9.30 am at St Lawrence
Saturday 7th October at 6.00 pm at Easton Neston.

Harvest is from the Old English word hærfest, meaning "Autumn". It came to refer to the season for reaping and gathering grain and other grown products. An early harvest festival used to be celebrated at the beginning of the harvest season on 1 August and was called Lammas, meaning 'loaf Mass'. Farmers made loaves of bread from the fresh wheat crop. These were given to the local church as the Communion bread during a special service thanking God for the harvest.

Until the 20th century most farmers celebrated the end of the harvest with a big meal called the harvest supper, to which all who had helped in the harvest were invited. It was sometimes known as a "Mell-supper", after the last patch of corn or wheat standing in the fields which was known as the "Mell" or "Neck". Cutting it signified the end of the work of harvest and the beginning of the feast.