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Aldringham: Animals congregate for annual service in churchyard

PUBLISHED: 10:45 06 August 2014

Four legged friends arrive, some a little sheepishly, for the animal service held at St Andrew's Church, Aldringham

Four legged friends arrive, some a little sheepishly, for the animal service held at St Andrew's Church, Aldringham

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All creatures great and small turned out for an animal service held in a Suffolk churchyard.

As a celebration of God’s creation, the hymns sung included All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Creatures of our God and King, and Morning Has Broken.

Reverend Sheila Hart directed the diverse gathering, and blessed each of the five sheep, two cats, one rabbit, and 18 dogs - including one boisterous basset hound - by name.

The ceremony takes place on the first Sunday of August every year, at St Andrew’s Church in Aldringham.

“It was about how wonderful it is to have animals, to bless the animals, and to be sorry for the ones who aren’t being looked after properly,” said the church warden, Jo Vallance.

The service raised £102 for the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

A Shotley father with five drink-driving convictions has been jailed for 36 weeks after taking his mother’s car without consent and crashing it into a hedge.

Snow could fall in parts of Suffolk this morning as temperatures dropped overnight.

Bosses at the Eastern Enterprise Hub and University of Suffolk hope gaming and technology students will be inspired to pursue their games ideas, after it emerged the gaming industry is one of the fastest growing locally.

Police and firefighters were called to a suspected arson attack in Carlton Colville in the early hours of this morning.

Trains between London and Norwich are being cancelled this morning as a result of engineering work not having been completed on time.

Police are searching for a 52-year-old man from Leavenheath who has been reported missing.

Police have arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with an incident that caused armed officers to swoop on Ipswich town centre tonight.

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