‘Tower of Teddies’ to support children’s charity

Everyone loving teddies at St Bartholomew's in Colne (S)
Everyone loving teddies at St Bartholomew's in Colne (S)

A “Tower of Teddies” has been created by the members of the knitting and stitching group – “In Stitches” – which meets in Colne’s parish church St Bartholomew’s each Thursday morning.

The group stepped up to the challenge of knitting a Tower of Teddies for the charity “Christmas Child” – enough to reach the top of the church tower, a well-known landmark on the Colne skyline.

The 140 glove puppet Teddies stretched to almost twice height of the church tower, and will be sent as a gift with Operation Christmas Child boxes.

Karen Hawthorne from St Bartholomew’s said: “The shoeboxes are packed by individuals with simple gifts for children, and distributed in areas of poverty, war or disaster around the world.”

The historic Colne Parish Church is once again a collection point for Christmas Child Boxes and will be receiving boxes up until Sunday.

And the church – which is in the centre of Colne and in Church Street – is open to people between 10am and 1pm each day.

There has been a church on the site since the 12th Century, although the present building was very much redeveloped in the 16th Century.

There are likely to be big 900th anniversary celebrations there soon to mark the time when a church first stood on the site.