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Betty the Beck Snake Springs into Action

Betty the Beverley Beck Snake has spent the winter happily nestled in the churchyard at Beverley Minster. With the arrival of milder weather, she has decided to move on and will be spending the spring and summer in the gardens of St Mary’s Church.

“Betty’s stay with us was a huge success,” said Ali Bodley, Learning and Community Engagement Officer for the Minster’s Sanctuary project. “We noticed lots of families coming into the churchyard to see her and place new stones on her tail. But with further work to the roof impacting the churchyard, it will be easier for Betty’s fans to see her at St Mary’s.”

Caroline Wetherell started Betty the Beverley Beck Snake at the beginning of July 2020 to bring a bit of fun, happiness and creativity during the pandemic. Starting with just four painted stones, she is now over 300 stones long, all painted by the local community. Betty moved into the Minster’s Churchyard for the winter following the Sanctuary Project autumn Yarnbombing.

“Betty is a project by the community and for the community,” continued Ali. “The plan is for her to move around Beverley and we hope that many different organisations will offer to host over the coming years.”

 “We are delighted that Betty has decided to come to us, said Jennie England, Heritage Learning Officer for St Mary’s Curious Carvings Project. “We look forward to welcoming her and using the amazing roof bosses and carvings in the church to inspire new designs. We are looking forward to giving her a good home and then passing her on to the next organisation.”

To create the perfect habitat for Betty at St Mary’s, a wildflower meadow will be painted onto the hoarding up at the church by artist Emma Garness, whose other recent work includes the giant mural at St Paul’s Boxing Academy in Hull.

Beverley Minster and St Mary’s are working together as part of the Two Churches One Town partnership to celebrate the town’s heritage. Betty is just one of the projects on which they are collaborating.

Betty can be seen from Thursday 25th March in the gardens of St Mary’s Church, on the Hengate side of the building.  Come and add your stone!

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This entry was posted on March 21, 2021 by in Heritage.
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