Search

Constrictor snake wraps itself around church priest

10:51 30 May 2012

Father Bruce Batstone blesses a corn snake called Mozart, here with owner Beatrice Collett-Bell, during a pet blessing service at Hornsey Tower. Picture: Polly Hancock

Father Bruce Batstone blesses a corn snake called Mozart, here with owner Beatrice Collett-Bell, during a pet blessing service at Hornsey Tower. Picture: Polly Hancock

Polly Hancock

A Crouch End priest overcame his fear of snakes to bless two constrictors at a church’s first pet blessing.

Father Bruce Batstone welcomed all creatures great and small into St Mary’s Tower for the unusual ceremony.

Several dogs, a cat, a guinea pig and a hamster were all put forward by their doting owners for the blessing at the church in Hornsey High Street last Sunday (May 27).

But it was the two orange corn sakes, names Mozart and Vivaldi, who provided a shock to the priest.

Father Bruce said: “I am petrified of snakes, but actually feel better for having to be so close to one.”

Speaking about the strong bond between man and beast, he added: “We grow very sad when our pets die and that helps us to know that loss is part of our lives and that God’s presence always remains.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

32 minutes ago
Zakaria Fellah after the unprovoked attack

A Canadian tourist was left unconscious and drenched in his own blood after being headbutted in the face on a Belsize Park street.

Yesterday, 17:00
Mini Mozart Protestwith Clare-Louise Shaw  outside The Venue in the O2 Centre after the their last class. Picture: Nigel Sutton

A popular toddler group which plays classical music to Hampstead’s babies has been banished from its new home after being embroiled in a bitter row with another pre-school club.

Yesterday, 16:20
Mayor of Camden at Celebration lunch for students of Children and Young Peoples Workforce course at Sidings Community Centre. Picture: Nigel Sutton

A new education programme allowing mothers in West Hampstead to study close to their homes has celebrated a 100 per cent success rate.

Yesterday, 12:51
H&H Prize winner Lizzy Chater in the signature red polka dot dress at Blustons. Picture: Polly Hancock

Today, iconic women’s clothes store Blustons will be closing its doors for the last time.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Vroom! You could be emmersed in the action at the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship fires into Brands Hatch on 17/18/19 April for one of the most anticipated seasons in recent years as 39 riders are set for two fierce contests on the 1.2 mile Indy circuit.

Munch on a tasy three course dinner at The Refinery!

“Where to go for a drink near Great Portland Street?” was previously met with blank expressions and shrugs for those local to the area, not anymore, thanks to the opening of The Refinery at Regent’s Place, the eighth bar and restaurant from hugely-successful group Drake & Morgan.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder