As always, we had a very special Harvest Festival service which was incredibly well attended. Robert supplied us with an array of colourful vegetables and apples (no plums or pears this year - we think because of insufficient bees to spread the pollen). Sue brought along her jams and chutneys, all made from Hanford produce, and the UVIth displayed their pumpkins and rhubarb from their garden. The Hanford chickens even managed to lay ten eggs too!
The Chapel looked fabulous, the girls and Angela having helped with the flower arrangements. All the flowers (as always) came from the garden, plenty of hydrangea, plumbago and michaelmas daisies on the windows and dahlias and alstrameria for the altar - we even had the last of the sweetpeas. What with a wheelbarrow, garden tools and lots of lovely very old terracotta pots, it all became a wonderful prompt for our prayers of thanksgiving.
The Junior Choir (under Mrs Christie's baton) sang Carry the Corn (Lyn Marsh), Simi Carpenter performed Debussy's Le Petit Negre on the piano and the SATIPs Ensemble ('cello - Ottilie Tabberer, Georgia Flawn-Thomas, Alice McCormick, Ibby Lee, flute - Franny Hunt-Davis, clarinet - Simi Carpenter) played the piece for us that they are going to perform at Bryanston on their Orchestra Day.
A group of eight girls from the Vth Form sang In the Hanford School Box Gardens, a parody of English Country Garden. The congregation had fun singing The Gardener's Hymn - "All things spray and swattable, disasters great and small. All things paraquatable, the Lord God made them all".
The Chapel Choir sang the Nunc Dimittis in two parts and Rosemary McCormick (violin), Tamsin Christie ('cello) and Camilla Mackay (flute) played for many of the musical accompaniments.
"ALL GOOD GIFTS AROUND US ARE SENT FROM GOD ABOVE. SO THANK THE LORD, O THANK THE LORD, FOR ALL HIS LOVE."