Cribs return to annual nativity festival

Cribs are returning to St John’s Church for the fourth annual Chipping Sodbury Crib Festival this Christmas.

Organisers behind the event, which also features arts and craft that illustrate the nativity, hope the event will see more visitors than ever. Last year, 4,500 people visited the festival.

They are also on the lookout for more cribs to borrow for the festival and add to the collection, to help make this year’s bigger than ever.

The event, which runs from Wednesday 3 December to Sunday 7 December, is free to enter. Any donations made during the festival will go towards the Julian Trust Night Shelter in Bristol.

The Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow will be meeting sponsors, guests and helpers before the festival begins while schools have been invited to visit the festival on Thursday 4 December.

Donkeys will also be in the church on Friday 5 December as part of Victorian Day as well as on Saturday 6 December.

The Revd Canon Jane Kenchington, Rector of the Sodbury Vale Benefice, said she hoped that people will come forward to loan them the items in time for the start of the festival on Wednesday 3 December.

She said: “This is a great opportunity for us to tell the Christmas story in imaginative ways and we hope many people will visit what is a wonderful festival.

“As part of the festival we have an exhibition of nativity cribs and we’re always on the look-out of new cribs to be loaned to us for the exhibition. If you have a crib, or you know people who have cribs, that you’d like to lend us, do look it out and contact us. It can be large or small, from this country or from overseas.”

For offers of cribs or any further information, please phone Jane Kenchington on 01454 313159 or the Church office 01454 325160.

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