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Service held in farmhouse


Around 30 people attended a Plough Sunday service in a farmhouse.

Parishioners from Beckingham met at the home of farmers Mr and Mrs Mark Leggott, of Rectory Farm, Fenton Road, Beckingham, for a service conducted by retired minister Canon Valerie Rampton.

The service took place in the kitchen.

Mrs Rampton was standing in for the Rev Alan Megahey theVicar at All Saints’ Church, Beckingham, who could not attend.

Some of the parishioners brought farming equipment, including hedge-cutters, digging equipment and a calving tool, to be blessed.

Children were invited to take toy animals.

During the service Scarlett Meade (8) said prayers she had written, William Neale (11) sang the first verse of Morning Has Broken and Connor Winter (13) gave a reading.

After the service the congregation walked on to the farm where the animals, ploughs and tractors were blessed.

Mrs Rampton said the service was held in the farmhouse partly because the church did not have sufficient heating.

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