A PLOUGH has been blessed in an ancient ceremony in the hope of a bumper year for farmers.
The tradition, dating back hundreds of years, was revived at Hollow Trees Farm Shop, on Sunday.
The shop’s cafe in Semer was packed with worshippers as the Rev Barbara Stanton and the Rev Jenny Seggar conducted the blessing.
Farmers and farm shop owners Robert and Sally Bendall revived the ritual, which in the past brought entire villages together afterwards for a day of dancing, singing and drinking.
Mrs Bendall said: “For a cold, damp, January afternoon we had a great turnout.
“Traditionally the village plough would be brought inside and blessed, but modern ploughs are a bit bigger, so during the service we all trooped outside to do it.”
“We have a wonderful tradition of rural and farming ceremonies and it is important we don’t forget them in our modern world,” Mrs Bendall said.
Money raised on the day will be donated to local agricultural charities.