The Cathedral was adorned with local produce including honey, loaves of bread, marrows and pumpkins, lavender and even a couple of live chickens, as a reminder of all that Kent has to offer, rightly deserving its reputation as the ‘Garden of England’.
The ‘Bring Home the Harvest’ beacon – a steel sculpture etched with sheaves of corn and apples – was carried in by Lynsey Martin, Agricultural and Rural Issues Chair of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, and was received by the Dean of Canterbury, The Very Reverend Robert Willis.
The beacon is an initiative of the National Bring Home the Harvest Campaign which aims to encourage more people to get involved with local harvest celebrations and was received in Canterbury this year in recognition of the special efforts made by the Diocese of Canterbury and Canterbury Cathedral to mark harvest.
During the service a collection was taken for R.A.B.I and FCN.
The thanksgiving service was organised by the Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework which has particular responsibility for rural and heritage issues, special interest groups, forging links with local authorities, other faith groups and with charities.
Pictured: The Bring Home the Harvest beacon