Harvest Festival 2016

From cowboys to rioting Russians
Harvest Festival in Clayhidon was a major community event this year, with an almost-full St Andrew’s Church service followed by a jam-packed Parish Hall for the harvest supper.
A big contingent from Rosemary Lane Chapel helped swell the congregation to hear a sermon by their pastor, Jonathan Hillman. The service was led by the Rector, the Rev David Burton.
Afterwards, more than 80 people squeezed into the Parish Hall, for a feast of pea soup, ham and beef salad and a selection of sweets and cheeses, prepared and served by Ashley Persey’s Cottage Caterers. It was washed down with Bollahayes apple juice and cider, donated by Alex Hill.
Casey Blackmore organised the event. Before leading the annual community singsong Brenda Persey introduced a new parish troubadour, David Thorne (pictured left), who donned dark glasses and a cowboy hat, strummed an electric guitar and sang country music.
Mike Reynolds ended the evening with another jolly rewrite of his evergreen anthem Clayhidon on the Hill, in which he somehow managed to include references to rioting Russian soccer fans.
A raffle raised more than £100, with prizes again donated by Rumwell Farm Shop.