Fruits aid struggling farmers

Harvest home: Long Sutton Baptist Church brigades members with captain Corinne Cooper at the Harvest Festival in the church. Photo: SG250911-01MD

Harvest home: Long Sutton Baptist Church brigades members with captain Corinne Cooper at the Harvest Festival in the church. Photo: SG250911-01MD

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FRUITS of the earth from a Long Sutton church’s harvest festival raised a fantastic £400 for a Christian charity that helps farmers in developing countries.

Youngsters in the town’s Baptist Church girls’ and boys’ brigades joined the rest of the congregation to celebrate the festival on Sunday.

Next day at a harvest supper all the fruit and vegetables people had given were auctioned for the charity Operation Agri, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Across three continents it supports sustainable development work such as agricultural centres to assist farmers, and irrigation schemes for rural communities.

It also supports basic health clinics and women’s empowerment groups in urban slums.

More than 50 people enjoyed the harvest supper organised and catered for by church members, with vegetables supplied free by a Long Sutton market stallholder.

The auction was held in the church itself.