On the 26th of September. The Parish of St. Nicholas hosted a Harvest Festival Supper in Bishop’s Sutton Village Hall.
The Harvest Festival meal was quite a feast with Neil Allum and his partner Michaela donating some delicious local cheeses. We also sampled some very tasty pates’ followed by chocolate brownies or stewed fruit and cream, all donated by parishioners and people from Bishop’s Sutton village.
The aim for the Harvest Festival was to create a socially enjoyable evening with as much produce, locally sourced as possible. We were entertained by live music from ‘here be Dragons’ band from Alton who played a wide range of music suitable for all ages. The food, the people and the band all helped in celebrating this Harvest Festival, a very special time of year for village life.
The evening was followed by a wonderful Sunday morning ‘All-Age’ Harvest Festival Service in St. Nicholas Church, which was beautifully decorated with harvest produce and the service was lead by Revd. Amanda Grant. At the Harvest service, sixty-two people from all ages gave thanks for this years Harvest produce. We also blessed the foods that were donated by people from the church and Bishop’s Sutton village, for those people who are homeless and use the excellent facilities at the Winchester Night Shelter.
At the service the sixteen children who attended, were challenged to a game of Apple Bobbing; the congregation had much laugher. The service was such a success that people stayed to talk and eat savoury (leaf design) biscuits, apple and cheese and a small glass of Cider all of which rounded up the service to an enjoyable conclusion.
All in all a wonderful weekend was had by all which we hope will be a new addition to the St. Nicholas of Bishop’s Sutton’s yearly calendar. The church and the Fund raising committee would like to thank all those who kindly donated food for the Harvest Festival Supper and the church Harvest Festival service, and gratitude to all who worked so hard to make both events relevant and successful.