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Mayfield's magical Live Crib signals the start of Christmas

Published Friday 19th of December 2014 11:27:15 AM

Mayfield's famous Live Crib has signalled the start of the Christmas season to both the School community, and the local community, as well as Old Girls and their families, as it has for over forty years.

This year's version was as special and evocative as ever. The School choir were in fine voice as they accompanied Mary and Joseph (and the donkey), as, flanked by angels, they made their way up Mayfield High Street, knocking on doors, searching for somewhere to spend the night.

An inn-keeper opened the main gates to the School, and kindly allowed them to stay in a stable as there was no room at the inn. It was in the School's fourteenth century Chapel that the Christmas story unfolded, brought to life with shepherds, magi and angels, as well as a real-life baby Jesus, delivered by the Angel Gabriel. The nativity service was accompanied with readings, carols and solo performances from pupils. Among them was Head Girl Amelia Gabriel's hauntingly beautiful version of 'O Holy Night', accompanied by Schola Cantorum.

Amelia, who with her prefects, organised Live Crib, remarked: "The girls of Mayfield have been performing Live Crib each Christmas for over forty years and it is a privilege to be part of such a long-standing tradition. Live Crib is a celebration of what Christmas should be all about, stripped of the commerciality which is almost unavoidable at this time of the year. It's also a great opportunity for girls of all different age groups, staff and members of the local community to all work together on something so magical."

Live Crib this year raised over �2,400 pounds for the Cardinal Hume Centre for the homeless. Congratulations to the girls for all their hard work.
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