Evensong for Rogationtide on 25 May involved a somewhat longer procession than usual for the choir and congregation: down the Nave, out of the North Door, past the Church rooms and all the way down to the fields behind Saddler’s Mill for the blessing of the crops.
On the principle that if you’re going to do something that secular eyes might regard nowadays as somewhat unusual, you might as well do it in style, the gentlemen of the choir donned their academic hoods. The sight of grown men in choir robes certainly drew a few surprised looks from ladies out walking their dogs in the late evening sunshine…
Turning the corner past the Church Rooms
The Vicar blesses the fields
(Photographs courtesy of Michael Hallett)