Mayfield Traditional Live Crib signals the start of Christmas!
Mayfield School is home to the wonderful unique tradition of Live Crib – performed by the pupils and starring both a real baby and donkey, it is believed to be the only nativity of its kind in England. Now well into its fifth decade, this year’s Live Crib is open to the public on the 6, 7 and 8 December.
Each evening begins with Mary and Joseph’s journey down the village High Street, guiding a donkey and accompanied by a procession of candle-lit angels singing carols. Turned-away at the Middle House Inn, the procession finds its way to the School’s 14th-century Chapel. With the infant Jesus cradled in their arms, sometimes behaving angelically, other times less so, Mary and Joseph sit at the foot of the altar, with angels perched all around, on the Chapel’s gothic window sills. The nativity then unfolds, with the Archangel Gabriel singing from the gallery and Balthasar, Caspar and Melchior – better known as the three wise men – visiting Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Every year this unchanged 50 year old service, is organised by the prefect team and attracts crowds of families from neighbouring towns and villages – over 300 people, on each of the nights! Published: December 1 2016