Plough Sunday

The observance of Plough Sunday on the First Sunday of Epiphany goes back to Victorian times, but behind it there is a much older observance, associated with the first working day after the twelve days of Christmas, hence ‘Plough Monday’ in some places. In days when work was scarce in winter, the observance looked forward to the time of sowing with the promise of a harvest to come. Although the nature of farming has changed over the centuries, we see Plough Sunday as a way of celebrating rural life, especially the work of farmers and all who care for the land.

The service will be led by The Rt. Revd James Bell, Bishop of Ripon. The preacher will be Graham Lilley, Chairman of the Yorkshire Farming Community Network. The service will be  sung by the Boy Choristers and Lay Clerks of the Cathedral Choir. Refreshments before the service have been provided by The Methodist Districts of Leeds, York and Hull, West Yorkshire and Darlington, The Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales and Ripon Cathedral. We hope you enjoyed them! Our thanks to Geoff Brown of Ripon Farm Services for the loan of the plough and ploughshare.

The Refreshments before the service are being  provided by The Methodist Districts of Leeds, York and Hull, West Yorkshire and Darlington, The Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales and Ripon Cathedral. We hope you enjoyed them! Our thanks to Geoff Brown of Ripon Farm Services for the loan of the plough and ploughshare.

thanks to Geoff Brown of Ripon Farm Services for the loan of the plough and ploughshare.