Ploughing and scattering

02 November 2006

THEY celebrate Plough Sunday with style at Wilmcote, home of Shakespeare’s mother in Coventry diocese. The staff of Mary Arden’s House get together with the Scouts and St Andrew’s Church, and the plough is decked with ribbons and wreath and dragged by the Scouts through the village to the sound of bagpipes played by Joe Moore (above, left), the farm manager at Mary Arden’s House.

They arrive at the church towards the end of the Sunday service, and everyone stands as the plough is "literally dragged," says the Revd David Addley, into the church, still with the bagpipes. Mr Addley blesses it, and all the fields and crops it symbolises.

It starts the agricultural year in this "proudly Catholic parish", where Rogationtide and the harvest will also be celebrated.

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