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Harvest Festival Celebrations

Published Thursday 20th of October 2011 01:53:59 PM

Children were taught the true meaning of helping others when their Harvest Festival gifts were given to Devizes Food Bank.

Boys and girls aged from 4 to 11 from St Margaret's Preparatory School in Calne, took part in the service led by the Reverend Peter Giles in the Chapel of neighbouring St Mary's School last week.
The children had all arrived bearing gifts of tinned and dried food to the Chapel, which had been decorated with seasonal produce and flowers by members of the Parents' Association.

St Margaret's Headmistress Karen Cordon said: 'Harvest Festival is an important service which gives our pupils time to reflect. There were children as young as four in the congregation and Father Peter did a marvellous job of explaining that there are families and individuals who struggle every day and how the gifts we give benefit people less fortunate than ourselves. Last year we donated our gifts to the Calne Food Bank and this year we will be supporting the Food Bank based in Devizes both very worthwhile causes. They really do a wonderful job in supporting local people in hardship, especially at this time of recession and we are honoured to be able to play a small part in that.'

During the service, the choir sang 'Cauliflowers Fluffy' and 'Put A Little Love In Your Heart' and individual pupils performed prayers and readings.

Devizes Food Bank is a registered charity and a spokesman said: 'Devizes Food Bank provides people with essential food at a time when they need it most, often covering the time it takes before other parts of our social care infrastructure can come into play. We are always grateful for donations.'

Last year a total of 500 food boxes were distributed by the charity to people living in the area that used to be covered by the old Kennet District Council.

St Margaret's Preparatory School, Calne

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