National fruit show president to address county harvest thanksgiving service

The Diocese of Canterbury will welcome the Rt Hon Michael Jack PC, President of the National Fruit Show, when he gives the address at the annual County Harvest Thanksgiving Service, to be held at Canterbury Cathedral on Sunday 6th October at 6.30pm and to which everyone is invited to attend.

As a former Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and currently Food and Agriculture Advisor to HSBC Bank, Michael Jack has a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw on from a lifetime of achievement in politics as well as produce. The National Fruit Show, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, aims to support the British fruit industry, to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between growers and the wider industry and to provide a showcase for the best of home grown fruit.

Harvesting is currently taking place right now across Kent, and the service in October provides an important opportunity for the whole community to celebrate all that the county provides both locally and nationally, rightfully deserving its reputation as the Garden of England.

Each year at the thanksgiving service, a collection is taken to support the work of the Kent Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and Kent Farm Community Network (FCN). Both charities seek to offer both practical and financial support to those in the rural sector.

Also present will be school children who took part in the Kent is Delicious competition at the Kent Show in July. The competition final involved six schools competing to create a pudding or dessert from as many locally grown, sourced or produced ingredients as possible, and a display of all the children’s work will be on show in the Chapter House.

The  Reverend  Canon  Caroline  Pinchbeck,  the  Diocese  of  Canterbury’s  Director  of Communities and Partnerships Framework and Rural Life Adviser, said:

“I  would  encourage  everyone  to  come  and  share  in  this  vital  and  joyful  service  of thanksgiving.

“It’s a valuable way for us to take a moment to reflect on, and re-establish a link with our food, and to show our appreciation for all those who work in our agricultural and farming sectors who provide us with an abundance of crops and produce, often in very difficult circumstances.”

A reception after the service is being supported again this year by Waitrose Canterbury branch, which will be providing local and fairly traded refreshments in the Chapter House.

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Further information from: Jennifer Ross, Communities and Partnership Network, Diocese of Canterbury: 01227 459401

Notes for editors

  • Photos show:

–  Rt Hon Michael Jack PC, President of the National Fruit Show

–  Harvest produce on display in the Cathedral at last year’s service

  • The Diocese of Canterbury’s Communities and Partnerships Framework, which organises the County Harvest Thanksgiving Service, aims to empower parishes and deaneries to serve their communities by working in partnerships with others. The Framework has particular responsibility for rural and heritage issues, special interest groups, forging links with local authorities, other faith groups and with charities. (https://www.canterburydiocese.org/candpframework/index.htm)
  • The National Fruit Show is organised by the Marden Fruit Show Society which was founded in 1933 and will this year celebrate its 80th Anniversary. The aims of the society remain the same as its foundation year – to support the British Top fruit industry, to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between growers and the wider industry and to provide a showcase for the best of home grown fruit.
  • 2013 will see the largest show to date with the widest range of varieties in the hotly contested competition which is at the heart of the event. 150 different companies involved in the fruit industry are expected to take stands within the trade show element of the event.
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