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East End vicar starts ‘good neighbours’ awards to challenge bad news in the world

PUBLISHED: 14:12 11 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:06 11 August 2016

Debbie Frazer, vicar of Bow Church

Debbie Frazer, vicar of Bow Church

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A vicar is looking for ‘good neighbours’ in her parish in London’s East End to be publicly recognised to counter “all the bad things we read about” in the media.

Vicar Debbie Frazer rings bell for change from bad news to good news with her 'neighbour' awardsVicar Debbie Frazer rings bell for change from bad news to good news with her 'neighbour' awards

The Rev Debbie Frazer is launching her Good Neighbour Awards to find the unsung heroes living quietly around Bow and Mile End.

She is taking nominations for winners to be announced at the summer fair being held at her St Mary’s & Holy Trinity Bow Church on Saturday.

“We recognise the neighbourliness that goes on behind the scenes,” she says. “It’s an opportunity for our diverse community to come together.”

Debbie, the Rector of Bow Church who arrived in the East End from the West Country during the London Olympics year, is determined to highlight “positive humanity” against bad news in the world.

Pearly Queen of Bow and other East End Perlies at a previous summer fair at Biow ChurchPearly Queen of Bow and other East End Perlies at a previous summer fair at Biow Church

Saturday’s fair opens 1pm at the church on the island in the middle of Bow Road, by the A11 Bow Flyover.

Nominations for Resident of the Year, Young Resident of the Year, Innovation of the Year and Community Organisation of the Year can be sent to the church at 230 Bow Road, postcode E3 3AH, or emailed to bowchurch@gmail.com by 1pm tomorrow (Friday).

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