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Essex morris men set to join Plough Sunday event

PUBLISHED: 06:00 06 January 2019

Rev Janet Nicholls, Essex rural adviser and agricultural chaplain, at Thaxted Church Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Rev Janet Nicholls, Essex rural adviser and agricultural chaplain, at Thaxted Church Picture: PHIL MORLEY

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The Diocese of Chelmsford has invited the farming community to its Plough Sunday event at Thaxted Parish Church on Sunday, January 13.

The service, which starts at 11am and is followed by a ploughman’s lunch, will be led by Dean of Chelmsford, the Very Rev Nicholas Henshall, who will be preaching and blessing the plough.

The tradition, which dates back to medieval times, continues to provide a “valuable opportunity” for the church to support farmers, said Essex agricultural chaplain Rev Janet Nicholls.

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“2019 holds uncertainty for the farming industry. We hope that the Plough Sunday service provides an assurance for our farmers that we are with them, in both a practical and prayerful sense,” she said.

Thaxted Morris Men will draw a vintage plough into the centre of worship and soil from local farms will be blessed before the congregation is led outside.

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