AT PETWORTH they don’t do things by halves.
And instead of one nativity scene at the parish church of St Mary’s, parishioners have come up with a whole host of them.
It is the third year running the church has put on its nativity exhibition and once again it is a community effort with the school, nursery, town groups and individuals all taking part.
Now firmly established as part of the Christmas celebrations at St Mary’s, the nativity scenes were completed last week and are now available for viewing.
The exhibition was the brainchild of Jackie Smith who is involved with children’s groups at the church including Sunday school and a mums and toddlers group.
“It started when my husband and I went on a train trip which stopped off at Brussels. We visited the cathedral and saw a wonderful exhibition of crib scenes from all over the world. It gave us the idea of holding one in Petworth.”
Again Petworth Primary School has excelled itself with pupils producing no fewer than seven models this year.
The classes have created their own scenes using a variety of different materials including wood and card and featuring quite a few fluffy cotton wool sheep.
Kaleidoscope Nursery children produced a very busy scene in clay and each piece has been labelled with the maker’s name.
Petworth Community Church produced a series of eye catching stained-glass-effect windows set in a church wall with silhouettes of scenes from the nativity story.
A number of other nativity scenes have been created by individuals and groups around the town.
The exhibition will be open to the public until January 5.
Outside the church there are more festive decorations, this time provided by St Mary’s Art Group.
Members have a display of The Twelve Days of Christmas hanging in a tree outside the church.
Although two days were blown away in the recent strong winds they have been replaced.