This weekend was our Harvest Festival, the church was beautifully festooned with flowers, tins and packets of food. We decided to contribute by bringing some of our own harvest - vegetables, flowers and home made jam - as a more traditional display:
Harvest is from the Old English word hærfest, meaning "autumn" and traditionally celebrates the successful gathering in of all the crops from the farms. People would celebrate with a meal called a harvest supper with feasting and dancing. The modern British tradition of celebrating Harvest Festival in churches began in 1843, when the Reverend Robert Hawker invited parishioners to a special thanksgiving service at his church at Morwenstow in Cornwall. We did both of these, with a harvest hop on the Saturday (with much terrible dancing) and the festival on the sunday.