Telling the Story

On Tuesday 24 January, members of the Wells Open the Book team gathered in the Bishop’s Palace to celebrate the retirement of Chris Oakes.

Chris has been with the Open the Book Team since it was formed over ten years ago. She has been a stalwart of the team, organising school visits and co-ordinating the costumes and props.

A certificate from the Bible Society was presented to Chris in recognition of her commitment to Open the Book by the Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Right Reverend Peter Hancock.

Open the Book began in Bedford in 1999 as a project to tell children the story of the Bible. It quickly spread, and became a national organisation based in Gloucestershire. Thousands of school children have discovered Bible stories during assemblies and collective worship. Open the Book is rolling programme of themes and dramatized storytelling at no charge to primary schools. Teams of volunteers use drama, mime, props, costumes – and even children and staff themselves – to present the Bible stories in lively and informative ways.

If you would like to get involved with Open the Book, please contact Jane Tibbs, the Early Years, Children and Families Adviser on 01749 685121 or via email


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