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St Giles Celebrations continue


900 years is worth celebrating so the parish of St Giles are doing just that as a congregation and together with the local community and schools.

If you drove into Durham recently and wondered about the huge hand in flowers, it was in celebration of St Giles' 900th Birthday. (With his own hand, St Giles stopped an arrow hitting a deer and so converted a barbarian king.)

Bishop Justin joined in the celebrations and cut this enormous cake after worship.

Great fun was had with the 'Horrible and Wonderful History of St Giles' Show' with our local schools: St Hild's College Church of England Aided, Primary School, Laurel Avenue Primary School, Gilesgate Primary School and Gilesgate College. The children took part by acting out different scenes from the life of St Giles' Church. Alan Bartlett, vicar of St Giles said afterwards, "I have never laughed so much in church!" The photo shows St Giles preparing to stop an arrow.

The next major event is St Giles' 900th Anniversary Flower Festival from 13th -15th July. The parish will be joined on the opening night, Friday 13th July, at 7pm by Mrs Caroline Welby and also the Cobwebs Baroque Chamber Orchestra. Tickets for the opening night at £5. The church is open on Saturday between 10.00am and 4.00 pm and on the Sunday between 2.00pm and 6.00pm. Programme entry is £2.50.

This photo is another scene from 'Horrible and Wonderful History of St Giles' Show' and shows St Godric with his band of pirates.


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