Plough Sunday Nantwich 2016

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undefinedParishioners from the united benefice of Acton, Church Minshull, Worleston and Wettenhall, together with members of the local agricultural community, gathered on 10 January to celebrate the new farming year with a Plough Sunday service held at Reaseheath College, Nantwich.

A packed congregation gathered in the college’s historic Old Hall for the the service and afterwards enjoyed a soup and bread lunch. Musical accompaniment was provided by the music group of St Mary’s Church, Acton.

The service was led by Vicar of the ‘Cross Country Parishes’ of the benefice, the Revd Anne Lawson.

The event was held in support of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) – a leading agricultural charity which helps farmers in financial difficulty. A total of £454 was raised for the charity, with Reaseheath College generously donating £210 from the sale of lunch.

The purpose of this service was to encourage local communities to gather together to celebrate the traditional start of the farming year and also to raise awareness of RABI. 

Georgina Lamb, Northwest Regional Manager for RABI, spoke about her organisation’s work . There was also a talk by the Principal of Reaseheath College, Meredydd David.

Georgina Lamb said: “This was a great opportunity for us to give thanks for the contribution our farming communities make by providing food for our tables and by caring for the wider landscape. It also allowed us to remember that farming families, who are often overlooked, have been particularly hard hit by the recent bad weather and will continue to suffer financially for some time.”

Pictured above, Meredydd David, the Revd Anne Lawson and Georgina Lamb by a plough brought in specially for the event. Below – the plough service gets underway

And ... BISHOP LIBBY also took a plough service this year. She is pictured below with others at Goostrey parish's traditional service at The Orchards, Twemlow. Picture reproduced by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Ray Brown