GALLERY: Chickens in the chancel and produce in the pulpit as Ely Cathedral hosts harvest festival

PUBLISHED: 08:24 14 October 2014 | UPDATED: 08:24 14 October 2014

Ely Cathederal harvest festival. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ely Cathederal harvest festival. Picture: Steve Williams.


The countryside came to Ely Cathedral on Saturday and Sunday for the annual harvest festival weekend.

Sheep, chickens, farm machinery and food and flower displays took centre stage within the cathedral as farmers and local producers showcased a wide variety of produce grown in the Fens.

The theme of this year’s festival was Harvest Past, Present and Future to mark the centenary of NFU Cambridgeshire.

Sheep supplied by farmers Mark Drew and Frances Cook from Rampton, found a temporary home inside the cathedral, along with chickens provided by Westmoor House smallholding, near Littleport.

Ely Cathederal harvest festival. Picture: Steve Williams.Ely Cathederal harvest festival. Picture: Steve Williams.

There was an Allis-Chalmers Model B tractor, dating back to the 1940s and photographs of farm scenes from the 1960s and free recipe booklets.

Organisations taking part this year included Cambridgeshire Beekeepers, the Farmland Museum at Denny Abbey, G’s Growers at Barway, Farming and Countryside Education, and NIAB, the National Institute of Agricultural Botany.

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