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KILMINGTON: Rogation Sunday celebrated on the farm

Thursday, 12 June 2014

AFTER torrential rain on the Saturday, Arnold and Alison Dare with family at Coryton Park, Kilmington, had an enormous job to prepare their farmyard for the Rogation Barn Service on Sunday, May 25th, organised by St Giles’ Church. No-one appeared to be put off by the weather and 80 people, including many children, arrived to find layers of straw and a beautifully prepared barn complete with lambs fenced inside and cattle mooing outside, in which to hold the service. The Reverend Anne Mills who conducted the informal service explained that the theme was to pray for farmers during the planting season and to give thanks to God for the crops and animals in our beautiful part of East Devon. During an interview with Kilmington resident Brian Lavender, Arnold spoke a little about the history of Coryton Park and how his late father, the well-known Pete Dare, had come to farm there. He explained how the family looked after a large beef stock herd before being sold at local outlets. He mentioned that, in spite of the very wet February and March, the lambing season had been very successful. The St Giles’ Church Music Group, conducted by Margaret Hurford, led the hymns and songs, with actions demonstrated by Christine Leckie, her daughter, and Anna Crabbe. The Lessons were read by Commander Stafford Seward and Betsy Pengilly from the Baptist Church. Arnold and Alison’s three children read the prayers extremely well. All the youngsters present, plus several adults, were given pots and compost in which they planted giant sunflower seeds and were asked to bring the flowers to the Harvest Supper for judging in October. Cakes and refreshments were provided afterwards by Ann Marsh and her helpers.

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