Harvest 2019

Flower Festival logo

To celebrate the season of harvest our five churches working together to organise a weekend flower festival with music, services and harvest suppers.

We're working with Love British Food and Somerset Young Farmers, and we will be hosting the Harvest Torch.

The 5 Villages Flower Festival brings our communities together to celebrate Harvest on the weekend of 21-22 September 2019. You can download the full programme here to see what's happening at each of the five churches.

Flowers

Each church has been decorated by members of the local community with flowers from local suppliers and the gardens and hedgerows of North Somerset. The abundance of wonderful flowers and grasses in this area are a true cause of celebration. We also celebrate the plants that grow in the rocks and quarries, and the food produced from the land through our association with Love British Food.

Music

There are musical performances at several churches.

There are performances most of Sat 21 September at Great Elm church, and also between 1.30 and 4 at Buckland Dinham church. Then on Sunday 22nd Buckland Dinham has an open mic session for children in the afternoon.

Local musician Jon Pickard specialises in the mysterious 23 string harp guitar. His music has been described as “beautiful, atmospheric... profoundly emotional and spiritual” (www.jonpickard.co.uk/harp-guitar). He is playing on Saturday 21 Sept at 10.30am at Whatley, then at 12.30pm in Mells. Then in Mells on Sunday 22 Sept at 2pm.

For children

Every church has activities for children – making corn dollies, churchyard trails and more.

Displays

In the churches you’ll find a range of displays, from children’s artwork to informative displays on topics such as the different kinds of bread. Don’t miss the new altar frontal in Whatley which has been made by local sewing group, the Mells Stitchers.

Services

On Sunday, services of harvest praise will be held at all the churches. You’re very welcome to join in. However, please note that Harvest Suppers have a limited number of places so please call to reserve one (phone numbers are on page 16 of the programme which you can download here).

The Harvest torch


The striking Harvest Torch celebrates the best of British food. Commissioned by Love British Food from master blacksmith Andy Hall, it is the focus of harvest celebrations in a different cathedral each year. This year is the turn of Wells Cathedral, and it will pass through our five villages on 22 September.
You can catch up with it at the times below.
9am Great Elm 
10:30am Mells
11am Chantry
2pm Whatley
6pm Buckland Dinham

Great Harvest Trail logo

Somerset Young Farmers are taking the torch to various events around Somerset, in the ‘Great Harvest Trail’, arriving at the Harvest Thanksgiving service at Wells Cathedral on 6 October.

Entry is free... but donations are welcome

Entry to the churches is free, as are the activities. However, we would ask you to make a contribution towards the festival where you can. Money raised will go towards supporting these beautiful churches, and a donation will also be made to the Farming Community Networkcharity.