Open-air Lammas Festival
Pictures from the service
On Sunday 30th July an open-air service was held at Martha’s Down to celebrate the mediaeval Lammas festival. From the Anglo-Saxon Hlafmaesse Lammas celebrates the first-fruits of the harvest. In keeping with tradition, a specially baked wheat loaf from the harvest was presented and used for the service.
The congregation was drawn from churches all over the Nadder Valley Benefice led by clergy from the team. The Celebrant was the Revd Mark Hayter (right) and the Preacher was the Revd Elaine Brightwell (2nd from right). Music was led by the Hindon/Chilmark choir and the church band from St John’s Church Tisbury.
The Lammas ceremony ceased at the Reformation although reference to Lammas Day continued in the Book of Common Prayer calendar. The practice has been revived in recent years.
Martha’s Down (named after Martha above) situated between Hindon and Chicklade in Wiltshire, is a popular country venue for weddings.Martha’s Down website.