The Other I

June 8, 2010

The teddy bears’ picnic

Filed under: The English — theotheri @ 3:35 pm

I am a city person, but sometimes living in the small village where we do just outside of Cambridge and an hour out of London has its rewards.  The village itself has been here for more than a thousand years, the present church on the hill for more than 800.

The church bells are rung by village bell ringers regularly and for special occasions – weddings, funerals, baptisms, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, memorials, and celebrations.  So it’s a matter of concern that the bell tower needs repair.

Sunday was Secret Gardens’ Day when everyone who wished opened their private garden to the village.  And some ingenious person developed a clever way of collecting funds for the bell tower repairs.  Children were invited to bring their teddy bears to the bell tower where they were fitted with a mini-parachute before being released to dive from atop the tower.  (This is the teddy bears, that is, not the children.)  A photograph was taken of the teddy bear’s flight, and all donations given to the Repair Fund.

We are also in the midst of the annual scarecrow competition.  Scarecrows are placed in front yards of houses throughout the village for more than a week.  I’m not acquainted with the criteria used for choosing the best, but an award is given at the end of the viewing period.

Some are certainly inventive.

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