The annual Kent County Harvest Thanksgiving Service will take on Sunday 4 October at 15:15. Organised by the Diocese of Canterbury the service provides a wonderful opportunity for people to celebrate all that the county provides both locally and nationally, rightfully deserving its reputation as the Garden of England.
In recognition of the special efforts made by the diocese and the cathedral to mark Harvest, Canterbury has been chosen this year to welcome the Harvest Torch. It is an initiative of the National Bring Home the Harvest Campaign which encourages people to get involved with local harvest celebrations. The torch will travel from its current home in Birmingham Cathedral where it will then reside in Canterbury Cathedral for the rest of the season.
The address will be given by Lt Gen Sir Barney White-Spunner, former Executive Chairman of the Countryside Alliance, who has spoken widely on the role of the Church in rural areas. There will also be the usual collection for the local branches of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and The Farming Community Network both of whom seek to offer both practical and financial support to those in crisis in Kent’s rural and farming communities.