THERE is something about teddies. Even grown macho men still
admit to a soft spot for the teddy bear they grew up with - as a
Sunday supplement revealed recently. And coming down a zip wire at
the opening ceremony of the Teddy Bear Olympics, at Burghfield, in
Oxford diocese, was a special and much-travelled
He has accompanied a warrant officer in the RAF (husband of the
churchwarden of St Mary's) on trips to Afghanistan, Iraq, and
Bosnia, and is more used to travelling in Chinook helicopters.
As well as all the teddies, there were about 200 people of all
ages, with furry and non-furry individuals taking part in the high
jump, long jump, sprint, relay, hurdles, obstacle race,
beat-the-goalie, and, of course, the zip wire. In case of accident,
there was a clinic for sick or injured teddies, staffed by a teddy
nurse and a brave Paralympian teddy and his owner, Claire, who was
recovering from surgery on her leg.
There was a competition for the best-dressed teddy
(above), judged by the Oxford diocesan chaplain for the
Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Revd Janet Binns, and every teddy
(and its owner) received a medal. The event had been planned and
organised by three leaders - Claire, Nicola, and Ian, new to the
church - who had all been participants in an Alpha course last
autumn, and hope to lead an Alpha course in September.