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“What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we reap in the harvest of action.” – Meister Eckhart (1260-1328), a German theologian, philosopher and mystic


Harvest Festival is a celebration of the food grown in the United Kingdom. We give thanks that we have more than enough to eat and we need to consider how we share our food.

Thanksgiving ceremonies and celebrations for a successful harvest are both worldwide and very ancient. In Britain, we have given thanks for successful harvests since pagan times. We celebrate this day by singing, praying and providing food for people in our community who are struggling to make ends meet.

Fr David, from Corpus Christi Church, celebrated our Harvest with Eaton Grange while Fr Richard, from St Paul’s Church, delivered a fascinating sermon to the Prep and Pre-Prep about the unequal distribution of food in the world. Do you know that the UK wastes the equivalent weight of 7 million elephants of food in a year!

“We are not in it for the income, we are in it for the outcome.”

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“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” – Meister Eckhart (1260-1328), a German theologian, philosopher and mystic

Holme Grange School supports two important local charities with our generous donations: Wokingham Foodbank and WADE.

hWokingham Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust network which works in partnership with local churches, schools, supermarkets and organisations to bring foodbanks to communities across the UK. In 19 months, over 2000 people have been supported in a crisis. This year, about 70 families a month have been able to exchange their voucher for three days supply of emergency food. Whilst their food is being packed, Foodbank volunteers will sit and chat with people over a cup of tea or coffee. This enables them to hear their stories and signpost them to agencies who can offer additional help and begin to resolve any underlying problems.

cuk9uhvwcaac-9zThe WADE Day Centre provides pleasant surroundings near the centre of Wokingham for the use of over-60s and residents of the Wokingham Borough area. It is a friendly and stimulating environment open from Monday to Friday. Among other things, it provides the following services:

  • A substantial, healthy, freshly-cooked two-course midday meal and refreshments morning and afternoon
  • Hairdressing
  • Chiropody
  • Transport

“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

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