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Help find Simeon the shepherd’s missing flock

08:43 20 November 2012

Evelyn Speed is running a competition that will involve putting knitted sheep into shop windows in Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

Evelyn Speed is running a competition that will involve putting knitted sheep into shop windows in Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

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Knitted sheep will be helping children find the true meaning of Christmas in Dereham this year.

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St Nicholas Church is running a competition to find Simeon the shepherd’s 12 sheep. In the run up to Christmas, the runaways will be hiding away in shop windows around the town. Each sheep has a name and was hand-knitted by St Nicholas church parishioners.

The search will begin after the town’s Christmas lights switch-on event on November 25 and will close on December 21. Application forms are available in a leaflet which tells the Christmas story, from all schools in Dereham, Scarning and Beetley and all participating shops.

Completed entry forms are to be returned to Church House, Church Street or The EDP Office, High Street, Full details are included on the entry form.

Evelyn Speed, competition co-ordinator, said: “Sometimes at this time of year the message of Christmas is lost. We are hoping that by doing something fun, and working with the schools in the area, that the children of Dereham will get the true message for this time of year.”

St Nicholas Church will also be holding a special advent Messy Church session on Sunday, December 2 between 3.30-5pm.

For more information on the Messy Church or on finding Simeon’s sheep, ring 01362 691339 or email evelyn.speed@hotmail.co.uk

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