Plough Sunday marked with traditional church service and blessing

The plough is brought to be blessed

The plough is brought to be blessed - Credit: Archant

A vintage plough was led into Thaxted Church on Plough Sunday for blessing as a sign of support for the farming community.

A farmer recalls the year's events

A farmer recalls the year's events - Credit: Archant

Plough Sunday Church Services traditionally mark the start of the agricultural year.

The plough was blessed by Robin King, the Archdeacon of Stansted, and the service was attended by the Thaxted Morris Men and members of the local farming community. It was followed by a ploughman’s lunch.

One of the farmers recalled the events of the past year and children brought soil and produce to be blessed.

Agricultural Chaplain, Reverend Janet Nicholls said: “Farming practices have changed over the years but support for those who work on the land is as necessary now as in the past.”

The Morris Men enter the church

The Morris Men enter the church - Credit: Archant


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Plough Sunday is traditionally held on the Sunday after Epiphany. Accordingly, work in the fields did not begin until the next day, which became Plough Monday.

The Morris Men and the plough in Thaxted Church

The Morris Men and the plough in Thaxted Church - Credit: Archant

The Morris Men and the plough in Thaxted Church

The Morris Men and the plough in Thaxted Church - Credit: Archant

The Morris Men and the plough in Thaxted Church

The Morris Men and the plough in Thaxted Church - Credit: Archant

Morris Men attended the Plough Sunday service in Thaxted

Morris Men attended the Plough Sunday service in Thaxted - Credit: Archant

Blessing the tractor

Blessing the tractor - Credit: Archant

Blessing the tractor

Blessing the tractor - Credit: Archant

The service was led by The Venerable Robin King, Archdeacon of Stansted

The service was led by The Venerable Robin King, Archdeacon of Stansted - Credit: Archant

The Revd Janet Nicolls, Agricultural Chaplain

The Revd Janet Nicolls, Agricultural Chaplain - Credit: Archant

The congregation at Thaxted's Plough Sunday

The congregation at Thaxted's Plough Sunday - Credit: Archant

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