HRH The Duchess of Cornwall Joins 530 Children to Celebrate the Harvest
Wednesday, 16th October 2013
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall GCVO attended a Service to Celebrate the Harvest, in association with British Food Fortnight, at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday 16th October 2013.
The Right Honourable Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Lord Mayor of Westminster, also attended.
The service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall who said in his Bidding:
In the past few weeks, thankful people have gathered in villages and towns up and down the country for harvest festivals and harvest suppers. Now it is our turn to join in the celebration.
We are here to give thanks to God for the abundant harvest in this land of fruit and vegetable and grain and also to give thanks to God for the farmers and distributors
You know the joy of seeing seeds and seedlings grow into healthy plants. You know the fresh taste of fruit and vegetables from your own garden. It is our hope that many more children and young people might discover that joy.
During the service children from Godolphin Junior School, 1st Glan Conwy Brownies and 1st Crookham Scout Group (Odiham District) presented harvest boxes at the High Altar.
Milly Wastie, Chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, gave a Reflection on British Farming. Jayda Moore-Elliott and Daniel Ng of Vauxhall Primary School read a Prayer of Thanksgiving.