Sandridge church to celebrate Harvest Festival after ‘extremely challenging year’ for farmers

St Leonard's Church. Picture: Peter Hyde.

St Leonard's Church. Picture: Peter Hyde. - Credit: Archant

St Leonard’s Church in Sandridge is holding a Harvest Festival service with farmers and their families.

The service will be held at 6pm on Sunday, October 7 for the Hertfordshire branch of the National Farmers’ Union.

St Leonard’s vicar, Rev Em Coley, said: “We are delighted to be holding this service for the farming community in the county. Farmers and their families perform a vital role for society and are under great pressure.”

NFU Hertfordshire county chairman Jamie Burrows said: “We’re grateful to St Leonard’s Church for hosting this service, which comes after an extremely challenging year, weather-wise, for farmers.”

In a message to be read at the service, the Bishop of St Albans Rt Rev Alan Smith wrote: “At this time of uncertainly, with Brexit looming, we want to work with you to ensure that we maintain the highest levels of food security, food quality and animal welfare possible.”


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All the money given at the service will go to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

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