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Norwich crib festival marks 800th anniversary

St George’s parish in Norwich will be holding a Crib Festival on Friday to Sunday December 8 to 10, from 10.30am-5.30pm to mark the 800th anniversary of St Francis of Assisi creating the first live crib.

The festival is being organised by the Norwich Secular Franciscans in honour of the 800th anniversary of St Francis organising the first crib scene in Greccio near Assisi from which our crib tradition follows.
Anne Murrin, Minister, Norwich Pax et Bonum Fraternity, said: “There will be posters and photos around the church detailing the story of what is believed to be the origins, 800 years ago, of our subsequent desire to have replicas reminding us of the birth of Jesus at Christmas, along with collections of cribs belonging to anyone who would like to have their crib sets displayed. 
“There will be a large collection of crib sets (including one constructed from Lego!) offered by parishioners and friends.  Three charities are being supported, one by funds raised from a raffle, the main prize being a hand carved olive wood crib set,” said Anne.
Teas and coffees will be available in the church hall at St George’s Catholic church, 228 Sprowston Road, Norwich.
The weekend will close with the annual Sprowston Churches Together ecumenical carol service on Sunday evening at 5pm.
Crib picture provided by Anne Murrin.