Plough Sunday marked with traditional church service and blessing

PUBLISHED: 12:13 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 22:01 18 January 2018

The plough is brought to be blessed

The plough is brought to be blessed

Saffron Photo 2017

A vintage plough was led into Thaxted Church on Plough Sunday for blessing as a sign of support for the farming community.

A farmer recalls the year's events A farmer recalls the year's events

Plough Sunday Church Services traditionally mark the start of the agricultural year.

The plough was blessed by Robin King, the Archdeacon of Stansted, and the service was attended by the Thaxted Morris Men and members of the local farming community. It was followed by a ploughman’s lunch.

One of the farmers recalled the events of the past year and children brought soil and produce to be blessed.

Agricultural Chaplain, Reverend Janet Nicholls said: “Farming practices have changed over the years but support for those who work on the land is as necessary now as in the past.”

The Morris Men enter the church The Morris Men enter the church

Plough Sunday is traditionally held on the Sunday after Epiphany. Accordingly, work in the fields did not begin until the next day, which became Plough Monday.

The Morris Men and the plough in Thaxted Church The Morris Men and the plough in Thaxted Church

The Morris Men and the plough in Thaxted Church The Morris Men and the plough in Thaxted Church

The Morris Men and the plough in Thaxted Church The Morris Men and the plough in Thaxted Church

Morris Men attended the Plough Sunday service in Thaxted Morris Men attended the Plough Sunday service in Thaxted

Blessing the tractor Blessing the tractor

Blessing the tractor Blessing the tractor

The service was led by The Venerable Robin King, Archdeacon of Stansted The service was led by The Venerable Robin King, Archdeacon of Stansted

The Revd Janet Nicolls, Agricultural Chaplain The Revd Janet Nicolls, Agricultural Chaplain

The congregation at Thaxted's Plough Sunday The congregation at Thaxted's Plough Sunday

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Dunmow Broadcast visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Dunmow Broadcast staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Dunmow Broadcast account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 08:06

A Great Dunmow doctor was left with a repair bill for £1,600 after he drove into a pothole, despite Essex County Council admitting it failed in its duty to maintain the road and a road inspection occurring just months before.

Yesterday, 14:49

A music student from Great Dunmow has composed the score for the film of the Addenbrooke’s Hospital annual Charity Fashion Show.

Yesterday, 08:08

Saffron Walden Museum is raising funds to acquire part of a hoard of gold coins that was hidden in a piano.

Wed, 08:03

The number of child sex offences recorded by Essex Police rose to 1,531 last year, according to the NSPCC, increasing from 1,449 offences recorded the previous year.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Dunmow Broadcast e-edition E-edition

Most read stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter