There are two major events, at this time of year, in the traditional village calendar. One is Harvest Festival.
For centuries, ever since our church buildings were erected, in fact, the people of the village have celebrated or marked harvest time: “all is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin”, one hymn says. Last month Stockton Church held a harvest prayer service, donating fresh produce to All Hallows and imperishable foodstuffs to the Waveney Food Bank. This month there will be a harvest festival for all our five parishes at All Saints’ church in Kirby Cane.
Over the past century another date, Remembrance Sunday, has become just as traditionally observed and commemorated, the day we remember those who fell in two World Wars. This November the service for the Waveney Benefice will take place at Geldeston Church. The memory of those named on our memorials is preserved by their families; their fate has been studied by several parishioners (see “Lest we Forget”).
Last month we thanked our distributors for their important contribution to the magazine. This month we must say a very big THANK YOU to Pat Pitkin. After twenty years and more, she is retiring as the Lead Distributor for our five parishes.
We’re always keen to gather and share information. This month we are especially grateful to the parish clerks of Gillingham and Geldeston who have already given us reports for their September meetings. There’s a glimpse of life in Stockton in the October issue, and a full account of what concerns Kirby Cane and Ellingham.