Plough Sunday

An evening of music and comic drama at St Andrew's Church, Swavesey to mark the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of the new year.

  • Shepherds mystery play
  • Mummers play
  • SVC folk group

On 12 January 2020 St Andrew's Swavesey revived the tradition of blessing a plough in the New Year. The evening started by everyone attending helping to dress the plough in ivy and other greenery. Simon then blessed the plough. The tradition of Plough Sunday goes back to medieval times when the communal plough was often stored in the parish church over the winter months. The blessing of the plough and ploughmen marked the beginning of the farming year.

The evenings entertainment continued with some of the church members performing an old mystery play based on the shepherds watching over their sheep. During the interval seasonal food and drink was provided and the Swavesey Village College Folk Group entertained everyone with their music. After the interval a mummers' play was performed. It had a real pantomine feel to it with St George fighting dragons, turkish princes and giants, the old Father Christmas and an African doctor healing them, all watched over by an Egyptian princess.

It was a fun evening with lots of laughter and £248 was raised for Crisis, the national charity for homeless people.

Contact Information

For church matters, please contact Rev'd Jenny Hill: Tel: 07970949331 Email: For administrative matters, please contact the Team Administrator, Gillian Beal. Gillian is available in the 5Folds Parishes Office, Over Church Hall 10-12noon Monday to Thursday. Tel: 01954 203459 Email: