Harvest Home 1866

Winteringham Local History and Genealogy

Harvest Home 1866

Harvest Home 3rd October 1866

The village of Winteringham had its harvest home and thanksgiving on Wednesday 3rd October.  A procession of the clergy, gentry, farmers, and harvesters was formed opposite the post-office, headed by one of the oldest labourers, on horseback, and carrying a sheaf of wheat, a banner bearing the inscription "Wintringham Harvest Home" followed by the Barton Ropery Brass Band.  The edifice was splendidly decorated, especially the altar, pulpit and lectern.  The musical portion of the service, which was conducted by Mr Potter, opened with the well-rendered organ voluntary.  The Rev Charles Knowles, the rector, intoned the service, and the Rev G Dickinson, of Winterton, and the Rev Mr Fox, read the lessons.  The Rev George Hogarth, vicar of Barton, preached an admirably appropriate sermon from Habakkuk i, 17 & 18, "Although the fig tree shall not blossom" & c.  At the conclusion of the service, the procession proceeded to the barn of Mr Edward Burkill, which was richly decorated, being the work of the ladies of the village, and like that of the church, reflected great credit on them.  Dinner was provided for all the harvesters at which the rector presided.  After the usual loyal toasts, had been given the toast of the farmers of the parish was proposed in a genial and eloquent speech by the Rev A Veitch, rector of South Ferriby.  The rev gentleman deprecated strikes, and pointed out the relations of employer and employee.  Isaac Burkill Esq, proposed the bishop and clergy of the diocese, referring in eloquent terms to the sermon which the vicar of Barton had preached that morning, and the important lessons inculcated in that admirable discourse.  The Rev George Hogarth responded.  Other toasts followed after which the company repaired to the Rectory garden and grounds.  On the latter rustic sports and pastimes were indulged in.  Dancing took place to the excellent music of the band.  Tea was provided for several hundred women in the National Schoolroom, where an excellent repast was served out by the ladies of the village, and a pleasant afternoon was spent.  Tobacco and beer were served out to the sturdier sex on the lawn.  At seven o'clock a very large company were present in the barn, where a capital concert was got up, led by Mr Potter, assisted by Mr Groom, barrister-at-law, and Mr Bickell, the Rev Weigall again rendering efficient service.  The lady choristers were Misses Burkill, Miss Knowles, Misses Scarborough, and others.  The Rev William Stephenson, MA, curate of Sculcoates Church, Hull, gave some humorous readings from the works of quaint Thomas Fuller, which were well received, and also read an account of a harvest home in Northamptonshire.  The programme of the concert was excellent, and each piece well rendered.



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