HARVEST FESTIVAL TIME
It is with great thankfulness on a number of levels that we can all sing that “all is safely gathered in” and you can do that in the Harvest Thanksgiving Service in St John the Baptist church at 9.15 a.m..on Sunday 10th October when I am hoping to interview a local farmer about what harvest time means for him Or (and!) you can join us jn Lowick Village Hall at 7 p.m. on Friday 8th October for the village Harvest Supper.
Remember to bring your own drinks and glasses and call Sheila Bell on 388 252 to alert her to the number in your party (or you may go hungry !) There will be live music too in the form of Northumbrian pipes and we very much hope to fill the Hall with the happy sound of feasting. Tickets £5 at the door.
If these dates don’t work for you, then you can come to Ford Church at 6 p.m. on Friday 22nd October where we will be joined by children from Ford School who will sing some harvest songs as part of the service and again, I hope to interview not one but two local farmers. This will be followed by the Harvest Supper in Lady Waterford Hall from 7 p.m., tickets £5 for adults and again, bring your own drinks. Tickets are available from Ford and Etal village shops and numbers are limited.
If you would like to bring a display or fresh produce to decorate either church, please do so on the day before the service (Saturday 9th for Lowick or Thursday 21st at Ford). If you wish to donate cans or packets for the Foodbanks at Berwick or Wooler, please bring them to either service.”
Revd. Charlotte Osborn, Priest in Charge of Ford & Etal, Lowick with Kyloe and Ancroft parishes.
All Souls Day (more correctly known as the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed) will be celebrated in Ford church this year on Tuesday November 2nd at 12 noon. We will have the opportunity to remember those we have loved but no longer see and express through hymns, readings and prayers the continuing bonds that survive death.
The lighting of candles is a visible reminder of our love and all will be welcome to share their memories. Please let Revd Charlotte Osborn know if you would like a name to be read out.
Finally, three more dates for your diary: Soup Saturdays in Lowick Village Hall from12 noon on 16th October and in Ancroft Village Hall on 23rd October and because there are five Sundays in the month we have a combined service in Lowick Church when we join congregations with Ancroft and Ford at 10 a.m.on Sunday 31st October.
The guest preacher at this service will be The Very Reverend Geoff Miller, Dean of Newcastle Cathedral .
The closures announced recently for Green Close and Cheviot View will start on 29th September and will affect Lowick until Sunday 24th October. Only residents will be allowed to access these two roads, so those who use them for returning from the Corner Shop, will have to seek elsewhere.
Of course by then, there will probably be no shop to return from….
The annual British National Ploughing Championships & Country Festival is held in a different part of the country each year. This year, it will be held not too far away from us at Mindrum Mill, Northumberland TD12 4QL on 9th and 10th October 2021 (by kind permission of D Harvey & Son). This is only the third time it has been held in Northumberland and the first time it has been so far north in more than 50 years.
It is a very unique and traditional event and will have over 200 ploughmen and women from throughout Great Britain showing their skills in the art of ploughing. But it’s not just about ploughing – it’s a fantastic way to see our farming heritage and how agriculture has changed over 200 years or more, all working in the same place.
On both days there will be 9 pairs of magnificent heavy horses; 4 giant steam ploughing engines which, in pairs, pull a huge plough from one end of a field to the other by cable; lots of different vintage tractors and equipment from throughout the 20th century; up to the present day with local companies demonstrating their newest tractors and machinery.
A great day out can be had for the whole family, as with all of this plus trade stands, shopping, tractor and trailer rides and craft stalls, the Championships promise to be lots more than just a ploughing match!
If you would like to read a bit more see www.ploughmen.co.uk/events/2021-british-national-ploughing-championships.