Thousands visit crib festival after bishop’s official launch

December 20 2015

THE history-making Bishop of Gloucester officially opened the Nativity Crib Festival in Chipping Sodbury, which attracted more than 4,000 visitors.

Crib Fest

THE history-making Bishop of Gloucester officially opened the Nativity Crib Festival in Chipping Sodbury, which attracted more than 4,000 visitors.
Right Rev Rachel Treweek, the first woman to run a Church of England diocese, was invited to the event in St John’s Church to see some 160 cribs on loan from local people and others around the globe.
The annual festival has become a favourite in the town’s calendar and its launch by Bishop Rachel came just a few months after she became the most senior woman in the Anglican Church.
As well as the range of cribs displayed, organisers ran activities for children, with youngsters queuing up to decorate more than 200 lanterns.
This year’s theme was Following the Star, with the event supporting the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity as well as the Sodbury Vale benefice.
Organiser Liz Gregson said: “We would like to thank everyone who came to see the wonderful array of cribs, all so diverse in materials used.
“The cribs made by the children are always lovely and appreciated by all who see them. We also wish to thank everyone who has helped and supported us this year. We do value and appreciate their contribution.”