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Marlborough harvest celebration salutes work of volunteers
A harvest event celebrating the giving of voluntary time, rather than the giving of food, has been held in Marlborough.
School governors, girl guides, Link scheme drivers and fundraisers for Cancer Research UK and Mencap were among those at the Harvest of Volunteers celebration at St Mary’s Church.
Rev Canon Andrew Studdert-Kennedy said: “Harvest is about recognising the things that we have got and to say thank you.
“There is a lot of voluntary work that goes on in the town.
“Imagine what life would be like in Marlborough if any one of them wasn’t there.”
Among the groups present throughout were Riding for the Disabled, Jubilee Centre representatives, St Peter’s Church, Home Start, Bruce Trust and Greatwood.
The Brandt Group, Transition Marlborough, ARK, Youth Action Wiltshire, Arthritis Research UK, the Dyslexia Support Association and the bell ringers were also on hand to speak to visitors about what they do.
“To fail to say thank you is to turn a gift into a possession,” said Mr Studdert-Kennedy “The volunteers themselves were very keen to empress how much pleasure and satisfaction they get from their voluntary work.
“However much they have to put into it, they always feel that they receive more in return.
“People who came to the harvest said how rewarding they found it.”
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