200 nativity scenes from around the world in all sorts of medium ..........clay, wax,textiles, wood, paper, card, knitting - you name it. This is their 10th year and the main theme was The Star and the Magi.
72 out of the 200 belong to broadcaster Libby Purves, who used to display them each Christmas at a barn in their home in Suffolk. Now she has hundreds and each year lends some to Grundisburgh church for their display. The rest come from other people who have collected them from overseas or made them and loan them to the church.
It would be difficult to photograph everything there so I picked a few favourites.
First a Gypsy Nativity. I tried to find the poem written here on line but couldn't.
Below is one from Italy
In glass domes or boxes, also from Italy
A whole village scene, not sure where this one is from
The answer to the photo I teased you with last week. It's a French SANTON -Traditional in a jug
Some of the smaller models from all round the world - mostly South American countries I think
Even more, all sorts from many countries
At the front a collection of wooden models from Naples, where a whole street is dedicated to the making and selling of crib scenes (Presepe in Italian).
This one below is amazing - not sure where it's from, it has running water trickling down the mountain in the centre of the model and lights.
Below a scene all made from needlepoint by the local craft group
A large crib scene from wood made locally.
Among the 200 they even had a crib scene the same as my little stained glass model that you can see in my mantel piece photo yesterday.
There were just so many scenes laid out and lots of visitors it made photography very difficult, so apologies, my photography doesn't show them at their best..
The ladies of the church were serving refreshments so of course I had to partake of coffee and cake as they were home made and delicious!
If ever you hear of something similar in your part of the world it will be worth a visit. I hope to go again next year.