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Bishops bounce at Doncaster event to mark 100 years

Bishop of Sheffield Steven Croft and Bishop of Doncaster Peter Burrows try out the bouncy castle at an event to mark 100 years of the Diocese of Sheffield at Cusworth Hall, Doncaster

Bishop of Sheffield Steven Croft and Bishop of Doncaster Peter Burrows try out the bouncy castle at an event to mark 100 years of the Diocese of Sheffield at Cusworth Hall, Doncaster

With a pair of bouncing bishops present, Cusworth Park sounded like it could have been something from sitcom Father Ted.

And there was certainly plenty of fun and laughter at the venue as Bishop of Doncaster Peter Burrows and Bishop of Sheffield Steven Croft gave the fairground rides at Cusworth Hall their approval as they joined an event to mark 100 years of the Diocese of Sheffield in the grounds of the country house.

The pair of senior clergymen took off their shoes for a go on the bouncy castle which had been set out for the celebration day.

And hundreds of members of the public joined them for the biggest event so far in Doncaster to mark the diocese anniversary.

Visitors took part in tours around the hall and museum, workshops on circus skills and African drumming, a puppet theatre show, teaching from the Bishop of Sheffield, worship with the Centenary Singers, face painting and storytelling, as well as the bouncy castle which the Bishops tried out.

People of all ages also had the opportunity to meet the centenary artist in residence. He has been attending each event asking visitors to help create a large painting for the day.

When the tour has been completed, the painting will be joined together to make a large piece of artwork that will be displayed in key locations throughout the diocese.

Doncaster Brewery’s special Centenary Ale sold extremely well, said organisers.

Centenary bags were given free of charge to each visitor, with a selection of gifts inside.

Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows, led a short act of worship at the event, in a packed marquee, with a sound system relaying his words to those who could not fit in.

He said: “It has been an excellent afternoon with the best turnout yet to one of our centenary events.

“The African drumming workshop was really popular and it looked amazing to be set to the very impressive backdrop of Cusworth Hall.

“These events really are for people of all ages, with lots to do and a great atmosphere all round.

“We are now looking to try to match this at the next event at Roche Abbey on September 7.”

Events to mark the centenary will continue later this year at Roche Abbey, Maltby, on September 7, and then at Doncaster Minster on September 14.

The Diocese of Sheffield was founded as a Church of England Diocese in 1914. The diocese covers more than 1.2 million people and includes Doncaster and Rotherham as well as Sheffield.

In total, it covers an area of 576 square miles across South Yorkshire and the East Riding.

 

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