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Farnham CE Primary School students celebrated their harvest festival at the parish church of St Mary's.

It was the first time the children, wearing handmade harvest hats, have been able to hold a service together since December 2019 and they were determined to make it special.

Teacher Sara Haughey said pupils wanted to use the event to help their community by donating to Uttlesford Food Bank.

Harvest festival in Farnham (52252479)
Harvest festival in Farnham (52252479)

During the service, children from Willow class distributed bread they baked to the congregation, honouring an ancient tradition of giving loaves to villagers at harvest time.

Silver Birch class explained that the words eat, starve, save, have, share, and rest, all come from the word harvest, and Horse Chestnut class wrote heartfelt poems on Harvest for the Hungry, ending their poems with the phrase "meet each need with dignity".

Head Hannah Wheatcroft said: "The children are very aware of the plight of so many families in our area that are struggling at this time. They have learnt about this at school and wanted to make a difference to those that don't have what they have. We are incredibly proud of the efforts that the children have made.

"They are also learning about the struggles of children and communities in poorer areas of the world. Their next goal is to raise funds to go towards building a school in a small village in Nicaragua."

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