HARRY the Hippo lives in St Augustine's, Ipswich, where he has
the job of welcoming children, particularly those new to church.
Last month, he was commandeered to a similar task in the Church of
England's marquee at the Suffolk Show.
He was joined by the new Bishop of St Edmundsbury &
Ipswich, the Rt Revd Martin Seeley, the recent Principal
of Westcott House, who will be enthroned in a few days' time. It
was the Bishop's opportunity to meet many of his new flock among
the 2000 or so who visited the show. He spent two days there, and
said that it was "brilliant for him to learn so much about Suffolk"
in his second week in the diocese.
Also in the marquee was Chip Kendall (right), a singer
and song-writer, besides other singers who have toured the world,
engaging with children. And, during the two days, the Archdeacon of
Suffolk, the Ven. Ian Morgan, hosted a series of chat shows with a
police commissioner, a business editor, and the BBC Radio Suffolk
presenter Jon Wright.