Spalding farmers’ health service to benefit from harvest festival

Grower Peter Ruysen drops in to see LRNS nurse Heather Dawes at Spalding Auction. Photo: SG150513-222NG
Grower Peter Ruysen drops in to see LRNS nurse Heather Dawes at Spalding Auction. Photo: SG150513-222NG

A health drop in centre at Spalding Auction for people in the farming community will benefit from donations at this year’s Harvest Festival celebration at Lincoln Cathedral.

The collection at Sunday’s service will be taken for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and Lincolnshire Rural Support Network (LRSN), which launched its service at Spalding Auction in May.

Vice-chairman of LRSN, Morton farmer turned vicar the Rev David Creasey, has led the harvest festival organising group for several years.

He said the county celebrated a surprisingly good harvest this year, given the weather in the last 18 months.

He said: “There have been some unexpected yields and to some extent the gloom has proved unfounded. We won’t break any records, but there have been some surprising results.”

The harvest festival follows the second Celebration of Food and Farming in the cathedral on Saturday, with organisations from around the county putting on displays to illustrate Lincolnshire’s close ties to agriculture.