Plough service at cathedral

The Rt Rev James Bell will be blessing a plough as part of the service.
The Rt Rev James Bell will be blessing a plough as part of the service.
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Hot pork sandwiches and an exhibition celebrating farming in Yorkshire are on offer to those attending the annual Plough Sunday service at Ripon Cathedral,

The event – taking place on Sunday, January 11, at 3pm and jointly organised by the York and Hull Methodist District and the Anglican Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales – will feature Lord Curry of Kirkharle CBE, a lifelong farmer and champion of farmers.

The service, which will be led by the Rt Rev James Bell, area Bishop for Ripon, will include the presentation of a plough by members of the Lawkland Young Farmers Club to the Bishop for his blessing.

He said: “It’s a tough time for our farmers. Yet they are the producers of our food and the managers of our landscapes. We want to take every opportunity to celebrate their work and encourage their endeavour.”

In the run-up to the service and on the day there will be an exhibition by farming organisations including the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, the Country Land and Business Association, and the Tenant Farmers’ Association. To give people coming to the service time to view the exhibition, hot pork sandwiches, cake, tea and coffee will be served, free of charge, from 2pm.