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Not the real stuff

14 June 2013

AS IF we hadn't had enough of it -the long, cold spring. When the Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, the Rt Revd Nigel Stock, visited the Suffolk County Show on the last day of May, the organisers turned on the fake-snow machine. The fact that the Bishop was in the company of a Roman soldier was purely incidental: he could just as easily have been in a beach hut, or hunting for a lost sheep.

The theme of the show was the times and seasons of the year, and, in the church's marquee, the children's activities were based on the seasons. The winter section was obviously about Christmas and cribs (plus the snow), and for spring there were the Roman soldiers with artefacts from the Bury St Edmunds Passion Play.

Summer brought Pentecost, as well as the beach hut designed by children from Southwold; and a boating lake, where children could race paper boats. Autumn, of course, was all about harvest, and gave the opportunity to create a cathedral altar frontal.

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