Join us in the Hop Garden for our annual Hop Blessing on Thursday 26th May.
We’re delighted that Rev. Claire Holt, of St Paul’s Church in Tongham, will once again be officiating for us at this traditional ceremony to help bring an abundant harvest.
Ascension Day was traditionally chosen for crop blessings as by this time in the year, new growth would be shooting us. A group of young and old people, usually led by the priest, would walk around the boundaries of the parish, stopping at each boundary post to pray for the protection of the crops.
After last year, when Covid forced a “virtual” ceremony streamed straight from the hop garden, with Rev. Holt and just a handful of staff, it will be doubly special to be back in the hop garden at Manor Farm, Tongham, with a live audience this Ascension Day. There will be a few words of welcome, followed by the brief ceremony.
On arrival, please check in at the Brewery Tap for your complimentary pint of beer (over 18’s only!) with which to toast the Hop Garden.
Please wear suitable clothing – it may be a little cooler and windier than expected in the hop garden. The ground may be uneven underfoot so please wear suitable shoes.
Here’s hoping for an auspicious harvest!