Looking back at harvest festival events

This week we have been looking back at harvest festival celebrations of years gone by throughout primary schools.

Wednesday, 3rd November 2021, 4:27 pm

The harvest festival is a celebration of the harvest and food grown on the land in the United Kingdom. It is about giving thanks for a successful crop yield over the year as winter starts to approach.

On Wednesday, October 20, 2010, pre-schoolers and toddlers visited the United Reformed Church in Horsham, loaded with specially decorated bags filled with food items.

The visit formed part of the nursery’s annual harvest festival event with the food being donated by parents and staff. The items were then shared out among the parishioners, particularly those in need.

HOR 181007 Harvest Festival at William Penn School. Left to right, Amy Roberts 10, Freddie Cripps 7, Oliver King - Tours 7 and Isabel Williams 5. DM MAYOAK0003556060

The group also took the opportunity to sing a collection of nursery songs for the congregation, providing a fun-filled morning for everyone involved.

The Arunside School’s harvest festival in 2009 also captured harvest through stories, songs and factual information. An overwhelming collection of fresh produce was generously donated by the families.

Potatoes, carrots, grapes, peppers and pumpkins jostled together in decorated harvest baskets which were to be delivered to elderly residents in the local community.

Carol Slight, headteacher, said: “Sharing the delights of the harvest festival with families and friends of the school was a pleasure. The children spoke and sang from their hearts. It was a fitting end to a successful first half term of the year.”

HOR 221009 Harvest festival at Arunside School. photo by derek martin
HOR 221009 Harvest festival at Arunside School. photo by derek martin
HOR 201010 youngsters from Headstart Day Nursery presenting food to Horsham United Reformed Church as part of the Harvest Festival -photo by steve cobb
HOR 241008 Harvest festival celebrations at William Penn School. Pupils made corn dollies. photo by derek martin