Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festivals continued throughout the war, just without the tea to go with it. 1914, 1915 and 1916 had the perfect weather for harvesting crops, with cold winters but pleasant warm, just wet enough summers. This was to change in 1917 when the weather created many problems.

The Vicar reported in the October 1917 magazine:- ‘Our Harvest Thanksgiving was held on Thursday, September 27th, in real harvest weather. Would that its genial sunshine and cloudless sky had come many weeks earlier, for the winds and rains which have generally (though not universally) prevailed over the British Isles during the last eight weeks have sadly marred the crops and interfered with their garnering. The potatoes which two months ago looked so well and promised such abundance are disappointing and the disease has made great ravages among them. It is too early to form an opinion of general results throughout the country, but we must hope that the harvest of 1917 may prove not too much below the average. We certainly need more than ever before every ounce of food our ground can produce, and we shall have to exercise the strictest economy (of that there is in no doubt) if a famine is to be averted.’

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