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angel and bishop (1) Angels About

On Sunday November 31, Bishop James Bell launched the Bedale Angels About trail in Bedale after the morning service at St Gregory’s. With over 54 angels on the trail and a further 11 locations to join, this is a great example of the whole community pulling together and is part of a collaboration between the churches, schools, town council and businesses to involve the whole of the community in an event to attract visitors to the town and to help people from the locality to recognise the beauty and quality of the town and to engage afresh with the Christian Christmas narrative.

Angels foretold the birth of Christ and in Bedale they are also pointing the way to the joyous good news that will be celebrated on Christmas Day. Brainchild of the Rector of Bedale, Rev Ian Robinson, and with help from the Carnell family, the plan is to have as many angels as possible in shops, businesses community premises and even on the street with a trail around to identify them all and to enter a trail competition. Entry forms can be found on the web site, angels about facebook page, twitter feed and through local leaflets and posters.

Sponsored and supported by local businesses the event will run through to Christmas and will reach its climax on December 20 with a street nativity appearing in different locations round about and involving local dance schools and musicians. Many of the shops and businesses have created their own artistic expressions of Angels which will be displayed along with a short verse from the bible to signify their relevance. These will be judged by Tim Lichfield, Star Radio presenter, and others with prizes in each of 6 categories. Alongside these there are writing competitions, with 4 prize categories and a further opportunity on the web site to write angel prayers for use by the churches over the festive period. Competition winners will each receive prizes sourced in the town to the value of £20.

Each child completing the trail will also be given a small gift as reward for their efforts and the winning entry will receive vouchers to the value of £100 to be spent in the angels about businesses of the town. There is a second prize of Sunday lunch for 2 at CUZINS restaurant at Bedale golf club.

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