THERE are still, it seems, teddy bears willing to parachute from
church towers - and not only teddies this time, but other animals
as well, including a red squirrel. About 70 of them jumped the 100
feet from the top of St Andrew's, in Swanwick,
Derby diocese, to celebrate the Harvest Festival.
The teddies came in all sorts of outfits, including a fireman, a
Grenadier guard, a paratrooper, and a bride, and one wore roller
skates. All were awarded badges and certificates.
The morning service had focused on the Bishop of Derby's harvest
appeal to set up a recycling project in Delhi. There were displays
by young people's organisations around the church, all made from
recycled goods, and the Harvest produce was sent to the Padley
Centre, Derby, which works with the homeless.
The fun with teddies took place in the afternoon, when there was
also a teddy-bear trail in church. Bears played the part of church
members, such as McCauley Bear, the audio-visual technician; Lucy
Bear, the verger; and Olivia Bear, the organist.
The Vicar, the Revd Carole Lloyd, was interviewed about the
event on Radio Derby, and explained how the parachutes were made by
taking the fabric off broken umbrellas and adapting it slightly to
make a better shape.