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Dear friends

It seems to be very unfashionable to teach people to recite poetry by heart nowadays – it certainly was when I was at school. I am always envious of people who have a treasury of memorised verse suitable for every occasion. It is however at this time of year that I am able to use the only snippet of poetry that a determined English teacher managed to get me to lodge in my memory –
To Autumn by John Keats:

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run.

In evocative language this poem catalogues the many fruits of the autumn season. At harvest season, we give thanks to God for the abundance of crops safely gathered in and for the labours of those who grow, process, prepare and deliver our food. If I haven’t already, I certainly hope to see you at one of the harvest services we will have in the Maund Group of Churches (and perhaps at one of the splendid meals that follow). We also think of the gathering in of all gifts; remembering those for whom harvests are disrupted by warfare, unrest or natural disaster and those people whose precarious circumstances puts the cost of even basic food out of reach.

Harvest is a chance to reflect on the past year, on the seeds of projects we have sown over the year and what fruits they may have borne. I personally will reflect upon the very warm and friendly welcome that Rosie, Jack, Ben and I have received since moving into the vicarage in June. As “redbreast whistles from a garden croft; and gathering swallows twitter in the skies” the seeds of friendship sown earlier in the year are certainly bearing fruit for us this harvest season.

We would like to thank everyone who has made us feel so welcome.

God bless you



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