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.