Harvest Festival,once again drew to St Edmund’s Church a good company of thankful parishioners, together with friends who are themselves glad to share the fervent songs of thanksgiving “when all is safely gathered in”. The Reverend Julie welcomed one and all and introduced the Festival Preacher, Robin Robson, a Lay Minister in the Oakham Benefice, making her debut in St Edmund’s pulpit. The sequence of praises and prayers added to the festival’s clear air of adoration and thankfulness.
Following the service, Will Griffin took up his role as auctioneer of the Harvest Gifts which had adorned the church through the Festival. Then followed the time honoured and hugely enjoyable Harvest Home Supper, lavishly prepared by the Church Councillors and held in the cosy setting of the Village Hall . The feast provided further sound reason to echo words sung earlier in Church -“come thankful, come thoughtful in festival air … eyes laden with wonder, hearts gratefully shod; minds fixed on reflecting the goodness of God”.
November brings St Edmund’s Church to anticipate another estimable, festive season; November 20th in the church’s calendar is rightfully deemed ST EDMUND’s DAY. A saint and a martyr like Edmund, 9th century King of East Anglia, deserves no less ! His heroic though fateful exploits in defending his kingdom against the horrific ravages of Viking invaders, all in the name of Christ, his Lord and Saviour, constitute a martyrdom of sublime devotion.
“In next to no time” Edmund’s majestic example was honoured by scores of parishes throughout England and beyond, so astutely as to declare him their Patron Saint. He remains one to love and to cherish, both in Egleton and far beyond our parish bounds!
This festival season provides a grateful reason to report the recent retirement of the Very Revd James Atwell, Dean of Winchester and formerly Dean of SAINT EDMUNDSBURY. He was an esteemed , pioneering partner with Egleton in promoting the splendid festival of EDMUND PARISHES 2001 in St Edmundsbury; so successful as to be renewed in 2010 – by which time Dean James had been translated to Winchester.
James remains highly thankful for our partnership and friendship, before and after our rewarding Festivals which brought together over thirty “Edmund Parishes in England” – to the immense profit and appreciation of all those five hundred pilgrims “REJOICING IN EDMUND”.
James – memorably described by his admiring Bishop of St Edmundsbury as “our lovely Dean”- is eager to extend cordial greetings to all his Egleton friends. Nowadays, he is happily at home in Cambridge, sampling his well merited retirement- from a highly distinguished and genial ministry: in Egleton St Edmund’s we share every prevailing good reason to appreciate Dean James and to wish him joys a-plenty!