Harvest home in London

Harvest home celebrated by The Farmers Club at St Martin-in-the-Fields church, central London 

Harvest Basket 2016 

 

  • For a superb selection of images from the Harvest Festival Service, and the Buffet Supper at the Club afterwards, visit our picture gallery here

    A bright autumn afternoon provided a splendid backdrop for over 100 Farmers Club members and their guests as they celebrated harvest home at St Martin-in-the-Fields church, just off Trafalgar Square in central London, on Tuesday 11th October. 

    An excellent turn-out of members was complemented by a number of Masters of the food- and farming-related Livery Companies, including newly installed Master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers, Philip Wynn. 

    Elegant floral arrangements organised by Club Chairman Richard Butler's wife Sue adorned the soaring pillars of St Martin's splendid interior, with expertly-worked corn dollies on pew ends. 

    After an inspiring church service a buffet supper of fine British food created by Head Chef Paul Hogben was enjoyed back at the newly refurbished Club, drawing much favourable comment. 

    Recognising the eternal nature of God's plan for all His creation was the theme of the sermon, which was delivered by service leader the Reverend Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields. The Club's own Revd Gerald Osborne assisted.  

    St Martin’s choir provided wonderful musical accompaniment, including John Rutter’s For the beauty of the earth, Haydn’s Achieved is the glorious work and the Choral blessing A Clare Benediction. 

    The service commenced with a procession of senior Club members taking seven baskets to the altar, each containing items reflecting the diversity and quality of food grown on British farms. All the produce went to St Martin’s homeless charity, The Connection at St Martin’s, as in previous years.