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.