Suffolk Young Farmers organise drive-through harvest service

Suffolk Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) has held a drive-through harvest festival in Ipswich after the usual service at St Edmundsbury Cathedral was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Very Reverend Joe Hawes and the Bishop of Dunwich, Mike Harrison, conducted the service from the cab of a Claas Lexion combine in Trinity Park on Sunday 4 October.

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About 100 cars turned up to watch and donate money and supplies, which will be distributed to food banks in Suffolk. There was a bar and BBQ selling food and drink for people to collect and have in their cars.

Harvest service

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Jenny Maskell, county fieldworker at Suffolk YFC, said: “It was a traditional service, the atmosphere was incredible, and I still can’t believe we did it and managed to raise more than £1,000 at the same time.”

Ms Maskell thanked Graham Miles, Lightwave rural chaplain for Suffolk, for helping to organise the service, and local farmers for their donations to cover costs.

She added: “With the Suffolk Show being cancelled for 2021, we felt it was important to do something. Following all the government guidelines, we were able to put the event on.

“Track and trace was in place, face masks were worn when required and everyone had a great time.”

Two telehandlers with banner

© Jenny Maskell