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Teaching aids

19 October 2012

THE children seemed entranced when the Vicar of Romsey, in Winchester diocese, the Revd Tim Sledge, explained about the services of baptism and marriage by using a variety of soft toys. It was one of the many attractions on Romsey Abbey's open day, which drew some 650 people to take part in a range of activities, including crafts, music, science, storytelling, video-mixing, tours of the tower, and bell-ringing.

Lunches were served by "nuns", recalling the origins of the Abbey Church of St Mary and St Elflaeda, and the order of Benedictine nuns that had made it their home for nearly 600 years. It had been the favoured place of education for the daughters of kings.

Now, it is a people's church, and most popular of all - as they seem to be on all such open days - were the airborne teddies, on this occasion sliding down a zip wire from the triforium.

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