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With over 120 cribs on display there was something for eveyone to see. This year our spectacular display had cribs of every type imaginable. There were cribs made of wood, clay, citrus peel, soap stone, beads, knitted ones, ones made of Filmo and wool, there was even an Angel made from a used aerosol can by a little boy in The Gambia.Some came from as far a field as Panama and Burma, in fact there were cribs from Ecuador, Panama, Wales, Spain, Belize, Tanzania, Gambia and Niger. Would you believe one was even purchased from Wilkos!!
A big thank you to the fund raising committee of Barbara Thomas, Jane Veasey, Mary Hooper and Lynda Garner for all their hard work in putting it all together and of course for all the helpers who came along either to make teas and coffees, general act as stewards, to lift in and out the heavy display boards, take money on the door or bake a cake to sell.
A special thank you to everyone who lent their precious cribs for the weekend, without them we would not have a crib festival.
It was pleasing to read comments from our many visitors who took the time to write in our visitors book. It is clear that our visitors really enjoyed the displays.
If you would like to see a sample of the cribs on display then have a look at the photo gallery on this web site. http://www.stippolytschurch.org.uk/gallery/crib-festival-2014
Thanks to the generosity of 'The Friends of St Ippolyts Church' we now have a new oak hymn number board in St Ippolyts Church. The old metal one which was originally made at St Ippolyts Foundry and donated Michael Skeggs has proved to be just too heavy to manipulate and it was felt we should have a lighter board which would be easier to lift up and down. The new board is certainly in keeping with our church and once again thanks to 'The Friends'.
What a manic two hours at the annual Christmas Parish Hall Fair. From the time of opening the doors at 2 p.m. to the finish at around 4.30 p.m. the hall was packed with parishioners buying raffle tickets, playing at the various tombola stalls, guessing how many sweets there were in a jar, trying to put marbles into a upturned flower pot, visiting Father Christmas in his grotto or just having a cup of tea and a delicious piece of cake. The St Ippolyts Church PCC had a tombola stall which was incredibly popular. Well done to Jane and Jennifer Veasey for putting all the prizes together and for Jane, Jenny and Mary for manning the stall. Your junior churchwarden was there trying to sell his Christmas Quiz Sheets. In the end the stall raised well over £160 half of which is for the Parish Hall funds.
St. Ippolyts Church 29th& 30th November 11-5
Get into the spirit of Christmas and pay a visit to the St. Ippolyts Church Nativity Crib Festival.
As one or our young contributors says:-
“You should come to the Crib festival at St Ippolyts Church because there are so many different cribs that are put in each year !
You will also be able to have a go at our competition and become a crib owner yourself.
Entry is £2 and children are free.
St Ippolyts Church Sports Quiz Sheets will be on sale, do not miss out on these super time wasters