Thirty two people joined the Rogation Procession on tractors and trailers around the parish of Fradswell on Sunday 6 May.
The weather was hot and sunny and everyone had a great time.
We visited three farms, the Church and the Village Hall Community Hub. There was a hymn, prayers and a reading at each. We also set a cross at each place as a sign of our unfailing trust in God's bounty and as encouragement to all who see it, to put faith in His providence.
After the procession everyone enjoyed a 'Bring and Share Picnic'. The array of food was amazing; we had chicken curry and rice, soup, roast beef rolls, roast pork rolls, salads, kebabs and samosas, pate, cheese and biscuits, various fruit crumbles and puddings and lots of cake!
There was even a very competitive game of catch!
There are lots of people to thank:
Ed Stubbs of NFU Mutual Insurance who sponsored all the insurance cover for the day.
Colin Stubbs for the loan of his tractor.
Neil Stubbs for the loan of his tractor.
Pat Hodson and Ali Bourne, our tractor drivers, who got us around the route safely.
John Crowther and Rob Atkin for the loan of their trailers.
Rob Atkin and Mark, Helen and Claudia Cartmail for allowing the procession to visit their farms.
Derek Pamment for guiding us through the service.
Paul Sumner for his tireless work on the music.
Fradswell Village Hall for the loan of their table cloths and for opening up the hall and providing cold drinks during our visit.
The Farming Community Network who gave everyone a wrist band. www.fcn.org.uk
Everyone who read a prayer or a passage from the bible. Each reader had a personal connection to the place where they read.
Rogation is a time for asking God to bless the growing crops and the livestock and to ask for guidance in the stewardship of the environment in which we live. The origin of the word Rogation is from the Latin 'to ask'.