Generous gifts at harvest gatherings

Freddie Landale, four, and Molly Rudman, four, at Todmorden CE Junior and Infant School harvest festival service at St Mary's Church.
Freddie Landale, four, and Molly Rudman, four, at Todmorden CE Junior and Infant School harvest festival service at St Mary's Church.

Harvest festivals held throughout the upper Calder Valley have collected hundreds of items of food for good causes.

The traditional event at St Mary’s Church, Todmorden, included a display of arts, knitting and models made by local people.

Karen Windle, head of fundraising at the church, said: “It was a great success.

“Instead of a traditional harvest festival we wanted to recognise the talents of the community and all God’s gifts.

“The congregation brought things along to show off their skills. All the food collected went to the Todmorden Food Drop-in.”

The event was organised in partnership with the Independent Living Group.

Churches Together in 
Hebden Royd held a harvest festival service at The 
White Swan in Hebden Bridge, courtesy of landlady Elizabeth Wood.

Donated food was given 
to the Calderdale Food and Support Drop-In Centre, 
Halifax.

Youngsters at St Joseph’s Primary School, Todmorden, celebrated a harvest mass in the school hall.

The children brought in tins and packets of food to be donated to the Todmorden Food Drop-in.