23, 29 & 30 September
Sunday 23 September 10.30 am in St Philip & St James church, Norton St Philip a united Harvest Festival.
Saturday 29 September 3.00 pm in St Mary’s Hardington Bampfylde, Harvest Festival
Sunday 30 September 11.00 am in St Lawrence church, Rode, a united Harvest Festival to include the ancient custom of clypping**. All welcome.
** Clipping the church is an ancient custom that is traditionally held in England on Easter Monday or Shrove Tuesday or a date relevant to the Saint associated with the church. The word “clipping” is Anglo-Saxon in origin, and is derived from the word “clyppan“, meaning “embrace” or “clasp”. Clipping the church involves either the church congregation or local children holding hands in an outward-facing ring around the church. Once the circle is completed onlookers will often cheer and sometimes hymns are sung. Christians adopted this tradition to show their love for their church and the surrounding people. Currently, there are only a few churches left in England that hold this ceremony, and all of these appear to honour it on a different day.