This afternoon we attended the Abbey Church for the Harvest Celebration Service in aid of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. Also attending were the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire accompanied with his wife and the Chairman of Shropshire Council with his wife.

The church could not have been decorated any better due to the Festival of Golden Pedestals taking part in the church this week. Making it feel just like the traditional Harvest Festivals I remember many years ago when I was young.

 This fantastic creation was arranged by Howard Franklin. I have always wanted to see one of Howards arrangements and now that I have I have not been disappointed, in fact I am looking forward to seeing more.

The RABI is a farming charity and has been helping farmers in need since 1860. The charity provide financial and practical support to members of the farming community who are facing difficulties. It is the people they care for, rather than their businesses. With Shropshire being a rural county this charity could be of use to people within our community who do not know about it or what it can do.

 Above is an arrangement done by Mrs Ann Kirkham, for those who don’t know her farther was the late Percy Thrower.

Below is an arrangement this time done by another daughtor of Percy Thrower, a certain Margaret Thrower who was also at the service this afternoon supporting this worthwhile cause.

 During the service the 22nd Shrewsbury Brownies offered a Basket of Bread and Eggs, the RABI offered a Basket of Fruit and Vegetables and the Shropshire Rural Support offered a Basket of Tinned Items, all of these would be taken to College Hill where they will go towards the breakfasts that the Nuns of the Convent prepare every day for the needy within our community.

A short overview of the RABI was given by Bob Foster, Deputy RABI Chairman, and a short talk with case studies was given by Kate Roberts RABI Regional Officer who I must say had many of us with tears in our eyes by the time she had finished her talk with one family that had been helped by the RABI.

The collection on the day went towards the RABI and I think that it was supported very well judging by how full the plates looked on their way to the alter.

Afterwards there was refreshments on hand and that gave time for many people who wanted to stay to talk and meet and make new friends. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Please click on the following link to go to the RABI web-site to find out more about the RABI. Thank you. 


 I have included a few pictures of the flowers on their pedestals in this Blog as I feel it fits in with the Harvest Festival Service of today. I have also added some to yesterdays Blog as I promised, so I hope that you take time to look. I would however encourage you to go along to the Abbey this week and take a slow walk around the many arrangements within the church that I have not put into this Blog. All money taken during this week goes towards the restoration fund for the Church Organ.



A feature all about good positive stories, a must read if you want to put a smile on your face and be Proud of Shrewsbury, and become Part of the Team.

 Make sure you get your copy this week and read the article. Thank You.  Tony


 Click on the following link to go to the Shrewsbury Town Council’s Web-site.   Thank you.


 Click on the following link to go to the SHREWSBURY/ ZUTPHEN Twinning Web-site. Thank you.


Please click on the following link to go to the ZUTPHEN Holland web-site. Thank you.


Please click on the following link to go to the KLAGENFURT Austria web-site. Thank you.


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