Longridge parish celebrated its harvest festival in true traditional fashion with attendance, fruit, flowers and gifts in huge abundance.
St Lawrence’s Church was beautifully decorated by the gifted team of arrangers for all the events on Sunday.
These were the family service, the annual harvest walk, refreshments welcoming visitors to the church through the afternoon and the Harvest Songs of Praise in the evening.
An unusual welcome in the porch was the Church Brigade’s outsize scarecrow in full uniform, and at the morning’s family service a group of the junior choir, all in animal or insect costumes, helped the Rev David Anderson with his talk on ‘all pulling together’ for the best results.
About 350 people filled the main church and the galleries for this service, when the junior choir sang P & S Chapman’s Mr Scarecrow.
The capacity senior choir sang Look and the World by John Rutter, both led by Lesley Green who was also organist for both services.
Forty walkers plus dogs took part in the four mile harvest walk, led by Terry and Eileen Lewis. The flowers and decorations were appreciated by many visitors during the afternoon.
The evening’s songs of praise saw more than 50 enjoying the final special service of the day, and this also was followed by refreshments served by the busy social committee.
Last night, Blackburn Diocese organised an open meeting to reflect on how the parish looks to the future. The meeting was part of the diocesan review process, when people will be asked to share their views on the strengths of the Longridge church and their thoughts also for the future.