Hymns on the hoof at Iping parish church

Preparing for the pets service at Iping Church
Preparing for the pets service at Iping Church

They take the yearly animal service very seriously in the Stedham and Iping area and so with the date looming on the calendar, Sam and Dora decided it was time to stop horsing around and get in a bit of singing practice.

Sam Hill – no relation to the photographer David who caught this rehearsal on camera – and her pony Dora trotted off to St Mary’s Church at Iping to get the feel of the acoustics before the big event and belt out a few of their favourite hymns.

The animal service takes place this year on Sunday, August 26, starting at 3pm in Iping parish church.

It will be conducted by the rector, the Rev Roger Williamson, and as usual all pets and their owners will be welcome to 
take part.