Fruitful harvest weekend for church

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St Mary’s Church in Tadcaster celebrated its Harvest Festival with a weekend of culinary, musical, floral and fruitful delights.

More than 100 people filled the Church on Friday evening at the start of the Harvest celebrations, as new organist and Choir Director Adam Parrish showed his off his musical talents as he presented a varied concert on the piano and organ.

The church looked resplendent, filled with displays of flowers, fruit and vegetables, all lovingly put together by members of the congregation and volunteers.

During the day on the Saturday, the women of the church and volunteers served Ploughman’s lunches, cakes and refreshments in the Boys’ Sunday School Room and there was a cake stall and raffle. Their charity shop Hidden Treasures also did a roaring trade.

On Sunday it was the Harvest Festival Service in the morning, where members of the congregation brought their gifts of produce and the Church hosted the Civic Service in the afternoon.

It was a very busy weekend in the church calendar, but rewarding for all those who took part.

“What a wonderful weekend,” said Reverend Canon Sue Sheriff.

“The church looked amazing and it was lovely to see so many visitors popping in and taking advantage of all the Harvest Festival weekend had to offer.

“The concert, the Civic Service, the Duck Race and even a wedding in Church on the Saturday made it a very busy time, but all the hard work was appreciated and the displays did look amazing,” she added.

“Thank you to all who helped in any way and to all those who brought along produce on Sunday morning which will be distributed throughout the Community.”