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Clowning around: Sue Brown as Hattie the clown.

The years of a clown!

The speaker at our June meeting was one of our own members, Sue Brown - otherwise known as Hattie the clown.

The meeting opened with the usual short  act of worship, which included the well known reading about love from 1 Corinthians c13 and Hattie's well known Bubble Prayers.
From Sue we learned about the history of the Holy Fools, what they do and about some of the individual Fools who were to influence her clowning, opening up many wonderful experiences.
In Sue's words ...”Clowning is about discovering our own foolishness and creativity, the wonder and simplicity of being a child, learning to do the unexpected and take risks and daring to be different. To be free, to be vulnerable, to make mistakes and survive. To believe in the healing power of laughter.”
“God has chosen the foolish things of  the world to confound the wise'' (1 Corinthians c1 v27)
Holy Fools was established in 1983 by two priests, Patrick Forbes and Roly Bain, Sister Hilda Mary, a nun from the convent in Ham, Richmond  and Sandra Pollerman, another Christian clown from USA. They were joined by others at the very first clown service held at St James' Church in Piccadilly, London. When Sue joined in 1992 they were going  strong.
Hattie ended up clowning, with others, in churches and cathedrals, in streets, shopping centres, village hall and fetes. On her own she went into schools using both her clowning and mathematical skills making Maths fun.
Clowning with the Holy Fools gave Sue time to have fun, laugh and play at a time in her life when she needed it most.
There is no meeting in August.
Friday, 9 August:
This is the day when we remember our founder Mary Sumner.
Friday, 20 September:
Annual Holy Communion Service. 2pm in St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray.
Saturday, 28 September:
Annual coffee morning at home of Marian Sutton (ask for directions) 10am till 12pm. Do bring friends and relations. All proceeds to the work of the Mothers' Union.

Gillian Beavis.

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