Hamsters, rabbits, chickens… and children – at harvest festival
Saturday 19th October 2013, 10:00AM BST.
THE Reverend Richard Bellinger recently marked the end of the Herm summer season with a harvest festival in St Tugual’s Chapel.
The annual festival is a thanksgiving for the season past and a celebration of animals and vegetables.
The island children took various pets with them. This year the chapel was visited by rabbits Davey and Acorn, Jerry the dwarf hamster, and two chickens.
The children sang animal hymns, showed pictures they had completed in school, and did a short play depicting Jesus healing ungrateful lepers.
Although St Tugual’s doesn’t have regular services through winter, Mr Bellinger comes over to perform the occasional Holy Communion, and the chapel is always open for visitors who want a quiet place to reflect. The Herm School Nativity will be performed on the altar step on the evening of 13 December.
Amazingly, a large amount of locals still believe that the island is ‘closed’ during the winter.
Even though the White House is not officially open, it is still possible to make group bed and breakfast bookings by prior arrangement, and there are several yoga and fitness boot camp weekends on offer.
The holiday cottages are open year round, lots of them with cosy open fires for those chillier winter days.
The Mermaid Tavern is still open, albeit on limited hours, with deals from Island Rib Voyages available on Sundays in winter.
The gift shops are open during the week, and there are several Christmas shopping weekends through November and December, with free and frequent boat journeys provided by Travel Trident.
So don’t write off Herm for the winter, as there is still lots going on between now and April.