S. Anselm's

A full boarding and day school for boys and girls from Nursery to 16

Harvest Festival at the Howards Farm

Harvest Festival at the Howards Farm

On Sunday 5th October the boarders went to the Howard’s Farm in Lincolnshire for this year’s Harvest Festival. We were blessed with glorious sunshine for the second year running. Equipped with forks and trowels we went for a delightful walk through the sugar beet fields and across to the potato fields but not before visiting the barley and wheat shed. The children were sprinting up and down the mountains of grain, it was such fun!

The children all had a wonderful time digging up the soil and putting their findings into a bag to bring back to school. Three large bags were filled with the finest potatoes we found and now writing this report I can definitely say they were delicious!!

Potatoes and fillings were on the lunch menu, and we are all very grateful to Mrs Howard for keeping us well fed and watered throughout the day. We had fun exploring the delightful house and its gardens. Some of the children found a new love for croquet on the front lawn. It was very close between Mr Watt’s team and Mr Wood’s. We also enjoyed an 9 a side football match, which was great fun. Lots of goals and lots of fun.

After an couple of hours exploring, climbing trees and playing games we had the Harvest Festival. Mr Percival had brought along the keyboard to accompany the hymns and Iona C, Freddie M and Thomas W  read very well. The Harvest was celebrated in style with us all sitting on hay bales in the barn, it was a lovely atmosphere and the boys and girls sang with enthusiasm. 

There was just time to put on our swimming costumes and splash around in the pool for an hour. Some of the boys were desperate for a final game of croquet and before we left we enjoyed hotdogs.


A brilliant day and a huge thank you to Mr and Mrs Howard who hosted us so well. They were ever so kind in giving up their Sunday and welcoming us to their fabulous home. A brilliant weekend and we are still enjoying those delicious potatoes !! Yum.


Mr Wood

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