A lovesome thing, God wot

02 November 2006

THE Domesday village of East Meon in Portsmouth diocese has “an extremely active garden club”, says Canon Terence Loudon. So, when they had their annual Rogationtide celebrations, not only were the villagers and all their pet animals blessed, but the gardeners and their gardens were also prayed for. About 70 humans came to the outdoor service held in the vicarage garden (the imposing Norman church with its distinctive spire is built on a steep hillside, and its churchyard “is logistically awkward”), together with 15 dogs, two horses, two guinea pigs and a rabbit. All were well behaved.

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