Harvest Festival 2017

Wonderful harvest festival celebrations in the heart of London with the Farmers Club

For a wonderful selection of photos from the Harvest Festival Service, and the Buffet Supper at the Club afterwards, https://www.flickr.com/photos/farmersclublondon/albums/72157661643758538

 

A bright autumn afternoon provided a splendid backdrop for over 100 Farmers Club members and their guests as they celebrated harvest home at St Martin-in-the-Fields church, just off Trafalgar Square in central London, on Tuesday 10th October. 

 

A great turn-out of members was complemented by a number of Masters of the food- and farming-related Livery Companies, including newly installed Master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers, Julian Sayers, a former Chairman and Chair of Trustees of the Farmers Club. 

 

After a very aptly focused church service a fine supper of Bowl food, highlighting British produce. A wonderful way to showcase a vast array of British produce in quantities that suit all. Each dish was created by Paul and his team and highlighted some new seasonal dishes and favourites from the Restaurant menu

 

In the 175th year of the Club the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, paid tribute to past Club Chairman Ken Young, who had instigated the Farmers Club Harvest Festival to hold rural and urban communities together. Such events were needed now, more than ever, as Brexit highlighted deep divides in British society, he noted.

 

Giving thanks for daily blessings was Bishop Holtam’s theme, with the need for social justice and proper care of creation something farmers maybe felt more keenly than many, he continued. “Remember, the economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, and the way we consume it is creating its own significant problems.”

 

Prayers finely attuned to a farming audience were offered by service leader the Reverend Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, with Saint Martin’s Voices choir providing transcendent musical interludes, including John Rutter’s Gaelic blessing, the novel Cosmic Prayer [1] by Howard Georgi, Professor of Physics at Harvard University and Fear not O Lord by Edward Elgar, based on Joel 2:21-24, 26.

 

As part of the celebration six baskets of wonderful British farm produce were carried to the front of the magnificent church by members of the Club Committee. 

 

[1] Cosmic Prayer, by Howard Georgi (set to music by Carson Cooman).

O God of the heavens and the earth, of the astronomical and the sub-atomic, of the living and the dead, of science and history, of life and love. We give you thanks for the miraculous variety of your creation. We pray for the energy and time and patience and talent to learn more about the world you have made, and for the humility always to recognise how little we know. Amen.

 

To see future events planned for Club members http://www.thefarmersclub.com/events