Corn Dolly Harvest at Siddington 2012

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corn dollies adorning the churchThere will again be a Corn Dolly Harvest this autumn at All Saints Church, Siddington. More than a thousand corn dollies will decorate the church October 13 and 14 - and admission is free. The church is at the junction of the B5392 and the A34 roads, between Congleton and Alderley Edge (SK11 9JP).

All Saints will be open during daylight hours, with refreshments available between 10am and 4.30pm on Saturday and after the morning service on Sunday until 4.30pm. Harvest services are family communion starting at 10am and a celebration evensong from 6.30pm.

As well as the corn dollies – made by local man Raymond Rush – there will also be beautiful traditional harvest displays of flowers and vegetables.

The dollies will also be in church for the wedding of Raymond’s granddaughter Claire Riseley on 25 August.

Corn dollies – sometimes called corn mothers or corn maidens – date back to pagan times. In traditional pre-Christian European culture it was believed that the spirit of the corn lived amongst the crop, and that the harvest made it effectively homeless. Shapes were made from the last sheaves of the harvest. The ‘corn spirit’ would then spend the winter in this home until the ‘corn dolly’ was ploughed into the first furrow of the new season.

The making of corn dollies was adapted by Christians and is today a feature of some churches’ harvest festivals.

For further information phone 01260 224358.