How it all started...
There I was, sitting innocently in the Children's Corner in St Mary's Church, Plumtree (well, I didn't really know that at the time, but I found out later) when I was snatched up, put in a car, driven three miles, tied into a harness and then thrown from a great height off a cherry picker!
Fortunately, I was tied to a bit of elastic and was safely lowered to the ground after having bounced up and down for a nauseating length of time. [You can read the full story of my bungee jump in my first Magazine Article.] The picture's a bit tricky 'cos I was moving quite fast and Uncle Les was trying to keep up; but yes, that's me on the way down (or was it on the way back up again?).
But really, what an introduction to life as a Roving Ambassador.
That was the start of it all. Since then I have travelled the world (that's prob'ly a bit of an exaggeration, but I've been around a lot of England and into Wales as well). I mostly visit other St Mary's churches to see what they're like, meet their church bears (some are very big) and to gen'rally say "Hello".
I have my photo taken a lot - well I am very photogenic with splendid fur and admirable ears. [And don't forget the huge feet, Big Ted! - Humph, that's not nice, Little Ted!]
And, since you are reading this, you know I put my photos on my website (this one). I also sometimes wrote about things for the parish magazine. I do have a little assistance as I'm not too good with the keyboard - the buttons are really quite small and I have large paws [They match your large feet, Big Ted (Heh!, Heh!)]
You can find out more about my (previously unknown) history on my page: Do you have a label?
Love, Big Ted
P.S. To help you see what St Mary's church in Plumtree is like, Uncle Les has added some really clever code to some photos on my Then and Now page. You can see the church as it was around 1900 (well before my time I hasten to add), how it looks now and sweep a thingy across to compare the two.