Modern tractor and plough set to be blessed at Suffolk Plough Sunday celebration

Plough Sunday at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds with
Canon Sally Fogden, Diocesan Agric

Plough Sunday at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds with Canon Sally Fogden, Diocesan Agricultural Chaplain and Canon Matthew Vernon, Sub-Dean, blessing the plough at a previous Plough Sunday service Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

A special agricultural service is set to take place at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Sunday, January 13, at 3.30pm.

Plough Sunday is a traditional celebration with roots dating back to medieval times.

Andrew Blenkiron, director at the Euston Estate, is set to bring a tractor and plough to the event which be parked outside the cathedral. It will be blessed at the close of evensong.

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Canon Sally Fogden, Suffolk farm chaplain, said it was “great that the cathedral put so much into this very ancient agricultural ceremony”. Historically, the communal village plough was often stored in the parish church over the winter months. Early in January, usually the Monday after Epiphany, farmers would gather in church to bring it out of hibernation and it and the ploughmen would be blessed.