St Mary’s Church, Belford, and the United Reformed Church celebrated the safe harvest on Sunday in services of thanksgiving for such a productive year.
The churches were wonderfully decked with flowers, fruit, vegetables and canned goods! This year, the dry and canned goods were destined for the North Northumberland Food Bank which has handed out 560 food parcels in its first year of operation. Experts anticipate that the need for food parcels will increase over the coming year rather than diminish as changes to benefits impact on families, single and older people alike. At lunchtime, 40 people met together in the Erskine Hall for a three-course lunch of soup, salad and seasonal cakes. Grown, prepared and baked by members of both congregations, the food was tasty and sumptuous and the company was excellent. The money raised from the lunch – totalling over £200 – goes to the People’s Kitchen in Newcastle, helping the homeless in our nearby city.