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The Spire
Rogation Day Walk 2017
21st May 3.00pm at the
Parish Room St Mary's
Sulhamstead Abbots
 

INTRODUCTION and WELCOME at St Mary’s, Sulhamstead Abbots

The First Stop – Home Farm, Sulhamstead, Livestock

Conducted by the Revd John Townend
Honorary Chaplin to the
Newbury & District Agricultural Society

The Second Stop – Boar Moor Wood, Wildlife and Conservation

The Third Stop – Church Field, Crops

The Wantage Silver Band

The Final Stop – St Mary’s Church
Our Communities, The World and the Next Generation

ROGATION SUNDAY CELEBRATION
On Sunday 1st May 2016 Rogation Sunday was celebrated in the Parish of Sulhamstead, this year joining with the Newbury & District Agricultural Society, who organize the County Show.
Starting at the Parish Room of St Mary’s Church, Sulhamstead Abbots at 3pm, the walk went via Home Farm and wended its way back to the Parish Room stopping from time to time for a prayer or a song. There was refreshment waiting at the end of the procession.
Rogation processions are the Christian adaptations of Roman Spring pagan ones and, in rural districts such as ours, they are regarded as a service to bless the fields and ask for healthy crops and good weather for the season.
The Rogation Days also had a secular meaning at one time in England, where they were called Gang Days or Gange Days—from the Saxon word gangen, meaning "to go" when the custom of walking the parish boundaries was common.
All Photo's above taken by Photographer Martin Gadsden

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