Carbrooke History & Heritage Teddy Trail

Carbrooke, Norfolk is a small agricultural village, yet has a surprising & fascinating history, with influences through the centuries from around the world. 'Carbrooke Heritage Group' was formed in 2012, and has been involved in a number of projects to research log & publish aspects of village history & raise the profile of Carbrooke and its heritage.The aim of this website is to bring together information about the area and its heritage. If you have any comments, information, anecdotes or photographs you would like to share, please contact us.

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In an effort to encourage young people into church and to take an interest in the heritage of Carbrooke, we have created a Teddy Trail, to tell the story of Carbrooke and its people. Members of the community, have provided the teddies.

ZipwireteddiesFor several years the church arranged a 'Parachuting Teddies' event. People were invited to bring their teddies to parachute from the top of the church tower. The one who travelled the furthest  was the winner. Some teddies decided to investigate the tower walls on their way down, and one decided to fly off in the wrong direction, getting caught in a tree, but most of them behaved themselves.

In 2014 the teddies zip wired from the ringing chamber inside the church instead.

Follow the links below to meet the Carbrooke Teddies, as they tell the Carbrooke story. Most of them stay in the church, but in 2018 The Teddies hosted a 'Flower Festival and Teddy Trail' as part of the summer fete, and some teddy visitors joined them.

Teddy Bears Picnic

Once long ago, in deepest Norfolk there was a great wood, with a dark water brook running through. Two little Teddies called Care and Bare were looking for a place to build their own home and thought it would make a great place to start. We will call this place Car’s Brook and stay here forever. Care and Bare collected wood and moss and built themselves a house by the stream. They ate acorns, berries and wild honey. In the spring their baby bear cubs were born, they lived in their little house by the stream  and their family grew…… 

TeddyBearsPicnicIf you go down in the woods today you're sure of a big surprise
If you go down in the woods today you'd better go in disguise
For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain
Because today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic

Every Teddy Bear who's been good is sure of a treat today
There's lots of marvellous things to eat and wonderful games to play
Beneath the trees where nobody sees they'll hide and seek as long as they please
That's the way the Teddy Bears have their picnic
Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having a lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares and see them picnic on their holiday
See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout
They never have any cares
At six o'clock their Mummies and Daddies will take them home to bed
'Cause they're tired little Teddy Bears

If you go down in the woods today you better not go alone
It's lovely down in the woods today but saver to stay at home
For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain
Because today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic

Matilda and James Bear of Clare


This is Matilda Bear of Clare, and her son James. Matilda’s family were rich and owned lots of land in Norfolk.  She also had a very strong faith in God.



Her son James was often ill, and almost died several times, but Matilda never lost her faith, and spent many hours in Carbrooke praying that he would recover. By a miracle, James survived and grew up. Matilda never forgot how her prayers in Carbrooke had saved her son, and in 1193  decided to give the Church in Carbrooke to the Knights Hospitallers, so that they could found a beautiful church and centre for their activities as a Hospital order, helping and caring for the poor and sick.

Matilda and her son were buried in Carbrooke Church, in front of the Altar, perhaps the oldest Tombs in Norfolk.

More about Matilda of Clare

I am Reverend Jane Bear, the Vicar of this lovely church. I take the sunday services, it is lovely to baptise babies, and marry couples but  sad when I have to conduct funerals.

Fred and Clara Teddy, have known each other for some time, and have decided they would like to get married. They enjoy doing the same things together, and are looking forward to spending the rest of their lives with each other. They know life won’t always go smoothly, but with the love and support of each other, they hope to be able to work through any problems and share the great events of their lives together.

They contacted Reverend Jane, who chatted with them about the serious commitments they are making to each other.

They have been planning this special day for a long time. Clara has a beautiful dress, and has her niece and nephew, as bridesmaid and pageboy. Fred’s best friend Bob is helping him, as the Best Man, and is looking after the wedding rings.


The church has been decorated with flowers, the organist will play ‘The Wedding March’ to welcome the bride, and the choir will sing their favourite hymn, ‘All things Bright and Beautiful’.During the service they will make important vows to each other, in front of their friends and family and before God.After the ceremony, they have arranged a wedding reception party, with lovely food, a wedding cake, speeches and a disco.

Congratulations Fred and Clara, and best wishes for your future together.


This is Bishop Jonathan Bear - 'The Singing Bishop Bear'





St. Peter Teddy I was one of Jesus’ first disciples, and one of his closest friends. I was a poor fisherman.

 Jesus told me many important things, but after his death, I am sad to say, I pretended I never knew him.

I felt so bad about this, that I determined to spread his message; and spent the rest of my life working to build the church of Jesus Christ – we have been known as Christians ever since.

Jesus called me Peter – before that I was called Simon. Peter means rock or stone – I have been called the foundation stone of the Christian church.

 My symbols are fish and keys – the keys to the kingdom of heaven.

St. Paul Teddy I was a rich Jew, born in what is now called Turkey and didn’t like Christians, so I tried to stop them. One day I was walking to Damascus in Syria, when all of a sudden the Holy Spirit made me blind, and told me I must stop persecuting Christians, and instead spread the word of Jesus.

When I understood what I had to do, my sight returned, and I set off to travel around the Mediterranean Sea, spreading Jesus’ message.

Along with St Peter, I am called a founder of the Christian Church, we were from very different backgrounds, and didn’t always see eye to eye, but we were both working to the same end.

I am often shown with a Bible, as I wrote many messages to my Christian friends as I travelled about, to encourage them when they had difficulties. Many of my letters have become part of the New Testament in the Bible.

This Church in Carbrooke is named after St Peter and St Paul, and as an inspiration to us; we may not all be the same, but we can all work together.


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Page last Updated 12.09.20