The Kent harvest thanksgiving, organised by the Diocese of Canterbury, generated £440.
Traditionally, the service has taken place in Canterbury Cathedral. This year the organisers decided to do something different by hosting the service outdoors at the Biddenden Vineyards in Ashford.
The service gave thanks for the produce of Kent and the contributions those in the agricultural industry have made. R.A.B.I trustee James Orme attended the event and addressed guests, offering his reflections on farming life.
Unique band ‘The London Vegetable Orchestra’ also entertained with a rendition of ‘We plough the fields and scatter’ using instruments carved out of vegetables. After the service, the Vineyards hosted a reception of Kent’s finest produce in their bottling area.
Sally Field, regional manager for the South East, said: “I’d like to thank Rev. Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover, who led the service, Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, Julian Barnes of Biddenden Vineyards, and everyone else who put in so much work to make this event such a success.”
Pictured above are Rev Chris Hodgkins (left) and Kent committee chairman Charles Tassel. Pictured on the right is R.A.B.I trustee James Orme.