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Winter Watch Benefits from Boys' Harvest Celebrations

Friday, 07 October 2016

Boys at Park Road, Bolton School Junior Boys’ School, have been busy collecting food items which they donated to the local branch of Winter Watch at this year’s Harvest Assembly. Winter Watch is a scheme run by Urban Outreach which provides homeless people with food, clothing, showers and advice. 

A thought-provoking assembly and prayers were conducted by Reverend Canon Rodger Petch from St Luke's Church on Chorley Old Road. He reminded the boys to be grateful for all that they have and to think themselves lucky that they live in a country where, by and large, the harvest is rich and predictable. He also told them how life can be hard for many people and recalled how he had recently come across a young couple living in a tent and how, having argued with their parents, they had quickly found themselves homeless. His message was that homelessness can happen to anyone and it can happen quickly and without warning. With the help of two boys, he recited a poem about the growing of seeds complete with sowing and growing actions, which the audience of boys and parents were encouraged to perform. 

Two hundred boys offered up a rousing rendition of “We Plough the Fields and Scatter” and Head Sue Faulkner reminded the gathered that we should stop in our busy lives to take a look around us and admire the wonder of the world; we should never forget it is a great place to be.

The boys’ stage was filled with tins, fruit and packets of food, which will be donated to Winter Watch.

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The Reverend Petch was delighted at the boys

The Reverend Petch was delighted at the boys' contributions for Winter Watch

The boys learnt how improvements in technology means a field can now produce twice as much wheat as it could in 1961

The boys learnt how improvements in technology means a field can now produce twice as much wheat as it could in 1961

The boys sang out at the Harvest Celebration

The boys were in fine voice at their Harvest Celebration