A windy weekend! Vicar battles weather to bless machinery at Thaxted’s Plough Sunday

PUBLISHED: 08:18 17 January 2019 | UPDATED: 08:50 17 January 2019

The Very Revd Nicholas Henshall almost got blown away by the high winds. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

The Very Revd Nicholas Henshall almost got blown away by the high winds. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

Roger King

The Very Revd Nicholas Henshall was very nearly blown off his feet when he blessed the agricultural machinery for the annual Plough Sunday in Thaxted.

The Morris Dancers added a lively note Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe Morris Dancers added a lively note Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

At one point, he was hanging onto the side of a tractor, while holding a sheet of paper and looked as if he might just take off.

Visitors came from as far away as London for the ceremony on January 13 at Thaxted Church.

An enthusiatic gathering of some 200 people joined the traditional service in the hope of a good harvest for the year. The event included Morris dancers and represented were the National Farmers’ Union, The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the Farming Community Network.

The Revd Janet Nichols, diocese agricultural chaplain, said: “We bless the plough and the people who work on the land. People brought soil in to be blessed and took it back to the farm. I have been working hard to revive this tradition. It is a delightful part of the chuurch and agricultural calendar. People came along from other counties and from London.”

The Very Revd Nicholas Henshall almost got blown away by the high winds. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTOThe Very Revd Nicholas Henshall almost got blown away by the high winds. Pictures: SAFFRON PHOTO

The Very Revd Nichola Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford blesses a tractor Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe Very Revd Nichola Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford blesses a tractor Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

An antique plough was taken into the church to be blessed. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOAn antique plough was taken into the church to be blessed. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

An antique plough was taken into the church to be blessed. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOAn antique plough was taken into the church to be blessed. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The Very Revd Nicholas Henshall and the holy water. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOThe Very Revd Nicholas Henshall and the holy water. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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