Johanna Ropner will give an address at the Cathedral’s traditional Plough Service on Sunday 12 January, where the message to the assembled congregation will be one of positivity, support and pride.
The service is supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and its farming networks, the Future Farmers of Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Rural Support Network, in collaboration with Ripon Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales and four Districts of the Methodist Church and the Roman Catholic Church.
Lord Lieutenant Mrs Ropner said:
It is a great honour to be invited to speak at this year’s Plough Service at Ripon Cathedral at the start of a new year.
North Yorkshire has a long and proud agricultural heritage which remains enormously relevant in terms of its contribution to the economy and our way of life. This County is at the forefront of delivering quality food from its world-class rural landscapes and with the right support, farming here can flourish for generations to come.
The Plough Service offers a moment to reflect and give thanks to our farmers for the incredible contribution they make, often in testing circumstances, and to remind them of the support they have from the wider community, in these fast-changing and challenging times which lie ahead for farming.
R.A.B.I’s Northern welfare officer John Basnett, agricultural chaplain Dianne Gamble and two Future Farmers members, Alice Liddle and Guy Sheddon, will play an active part in the service. Representatives from a range of support organisations will also have a presence, including the Samaritans and the Institute of Agricultural Secretaries.
In keeping with tradition, a heritage plough will be presented before the congregation by members of the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs.
Kate Dale, co-ordinator of the Yorkshire Rural Support Network at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, said:
All members of our farming community will be welcomed warmly at this annual service which celebrates their vital role as food producers and as guardians of our glorious countryside.
It is important that our farmers feel supported and valued for the work they do which is of enormous benefit to us all and we hope the service provides them with a timely, uplifting message at the start of the new year.
Anyone wishing to attend the Plough Service at Ripon Cathedral on Sunday 12th January is invited to gather from 2.30pm for hot pork rolls and drinks, before the service gets underway at 3.30pm