Over 100 members and their guests attended the annual Farmers Club Harvest Festival service at St Martin-in-the-Fields church just off Trafalgar Square in central London in mid-October.
Alongside an excellent turn-out of members the Club was pleased to host as guests the Masters of many of the farming related Livery Companies. After an inspiring church service a fine buffet supper was enjoyed back at the Club.
Valuing the essentials of life was the theme for the service, which was led by the Reverend Jonathan Evens, with Canon Dr Jill Hopkinson National Rural Officer with the Church of England giving the sermon and the Club’s own Geoff Dodgson assisting.
St Martin’s choir provided wonderful musical accompaniment, including John Rutter’s The Lord is my shepherd, Haydn’s The heavens are telling and the Gaelic choral blessing Deep peace.
A particularly poignant part of the service was a procession to take seven baskets of produce to the altar, each containing items to reflect the diversity of food produced on British farms. The produce went to St Martin’s homeless charity, The Connection at St Martin’s, as in previous years.