Harvest Festival Service at Canterbury Cathedral

We were invited to Canterbury Cathederal to the reception held in the Chapter House following the annual Harvest Festival service, which is located in the Cathedral Cloisters.


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Local brewers Goody Ales will be offering a refreshing beverage to the congregation of the County Harvest Thanksgiving Service which will be held in Canterbury Cathedral on Sunday 6th October at 6.30pm and to which everyone is invited to attend. As producers of fine Kent Ales, Goodys say their beers ‘Bring the taste of Heaven to Herne’ with all their beers having suitably lofty titles to match, such as: Good Lord, Good Heavens and Good Sheppard.

In a reception following the service, the congregation, which includes the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Rev Trevor Willmott and the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral the Very Revd Robert Willis, will get the first taste of the beer Good Harvest which has been made by Goody Ales with fresh hops that have been harvested only in the last few week. It’s a particularly special treat as for the rest of the year, like beer producers throughout the world, their ales will then be made with dried hops.

Harvesting has almost been completed in Kent and the service in October provides an important opportunity for the whole community to celebrate all that the county provides both locally and nationally, rightfully deserving its reputation as the Garden of England.

The Diocese is therefore also pleased to welcome the Rt Hon Michael Jack PC, President of the National Fruit Show who will give the address at the service. As a former Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and currently Food and Agriculture Advisor to HSBC Bank, Michael Jack has a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw on from a lifetime of achievement in politics as well as produce. The National Fruit Show, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, aims to support the British fruit industry, to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between growers and the wider industry and to provide a showcase for the best of home grown fruit.

Each year at the thanksgiving service, a collection is taken to support the work of the Kent Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and Kent Farming Community Network (FCN). Both charities seek to offer both practical and financial support to those in the rural sector.

The Reverend Canon Caroline Pinchbeck, the Diocese of Canterbury’s Director of Communities and Partnerships Framework and Rural Life Adviser, said:

“I would encourage everyone to come and share in this vital and joyful service of thanksgiving.”

“It’s a valuable way for us to take a moment to reflect on, and re-establish a link with our food, and to show our appreciation for all those who work in our agricultural and farming sectors who provide us with an abundance of crops and produce, often in very difficult circumstances.”

Karen and Peter Goody of Goody Ales said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the County Harvest service. It is so important for local producers to have their efforts recognised and enjoyed. We hope the Bishop will give us his blessing!”

The reception after the service is being supported again this year by Waitrose Canterbury branch, which will be providing further local and fairly traded refreshments in the Chapter House, and award winning East Kent butcher S W Doughty will supply a selection of hot meat snacks.


Further information from: Jennifer Ross, Communities and Partnership Network,
Diocese of Canterbury: 01227 459401

Notes for editors

• The Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework, which organises the County Harvest Thanksgiving Service, aims to empower parishes and deaneries to serve their communities by working in partnerships with others. The Framework has particular responsibility for rural and heritage issues, special interest groups, forging links with local authorities, other faith groups and with charities.

• The National Fruit Show is organised by the Marden Fruit Show Society which was founded in 1933 and will this year celebrate its 80th Anniversary. The aims of the society remain the same as its foundation year - to support the British Top fruit industry, to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between growers and the wider industry and to provide a showcase for the best of home grown fruit.

• 2013 will see the largest show to date with the widest range of varieties in the hotly contested competition which is at the heart of the event. 150 different companies involved in the fruit industry are expected to take stands within the trade show element of the event.


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