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Down your way: Marshwood
12:00pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
MARSHWOOD Church was packed on Sunday for a special harvest festival which this year was shared with the village school.
As the congregation sang the opening hymn, Come Ye Thankful People, Come, every pupil paraded up the aisle carrying gifts of fruit and vegetables which they each individually handed over to the Golden Cap Team Rector, the Rev Stephen Skinner, who was standing in front of the altar.
Together with other gifts from church members they made a most impressive display and they will all now be sold in aid of Water Aid.
The highlight of the service was Helen Whitehead, headteacher of Marshwood School, leading the children in a series of songs and readings on the theme of making sure we have enough to eat and looking after the countryside.
The younger children concentrated on the importance of clean air and water and this was followed by those in Years 3 and 4 giving a presentation on earth and soil and the produce from both farming and individual gardens.
After the congregation sang the hymn, For the Beauty of the Earth, the two top classes had woods and trees as their subject and, in particular, the importance of maintaining our forests.
The service concluded with everyone taking part in a rousing rendition of the traditional harvest hymn, We Plough the Fields and Scatter.
Ron Chiverton, one of Marshwood’s churchwardens, said it had been many years since the church and school last had a combined harvest festival but that it had been such a success that it was planned to repeat this again next year.