Henfield pub blessing is cheered by regulars

Rev Peter O'Connell, curate of Henfield with l-r Mia and Karen Gold and Harveys area manager Simon Yates with estate agent Paul Jordan (right). Pic Mike Beardall, Oakfield Media

Rev Peter O'Connell, curate of Henfield with l-r Mia and Karen Gold and Harveys area manager Simon Yates with estate agent Paul Jordan (right). Pic Mike Beardall, Oakfield Media

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Henfield’s Plough pub received a blessing on Thursday night from St. Peter’s curate, the Rev. Peter O’Connell.

He joined Harveys Brewery area manager Simon Yates, landlady Karen Gold and manager Mia Gold together with about 50 regulars for a service of blessing.

“Be sure to welcome strangers into your home,” Peter quoted from Hebrews 13:2. “By doing this some people have welcomed angels as guests, without even knowing it.”

The blessing, more common in fishing and mining towns, recognised The Plough as a shelter, a home, a place of work and a place of hospitality.

Said Peter: “It is a great privilege to carry out this blessing on a place that is so popular with villagers.”

Simon Yates of Harveys said: “I have not come across a blessing of this sort before - but everyone is very appreciative of the gesture.”

Copy submitted by The Plough, Henfield, on 01273 492280

Pictures by Mike Beardall, Oakfield Media