Normally we have a Christmas Tree Festival and loads of carol services in December, but nearly everything has been cancelled this year. Instead we asked all the groups involved if they’d like to make a figure for a special ‘Lockdown Crib Set’. Over 20 figures have been made, using materials from the recycling or rubbish bins, and in a variety of colours. The idea is that newspaper headlines from this year are part of the visual look of all the figures too.

The figures have now all arrived at the church. They’ll be there through until the end of the twelve days of Christmas.

The groups involved have included local schools and charities, as well as members of the congregation. The church children made most of the stars.


To see more images and close ups of the Crib Set, head to our image gallery.


Normally we have a tree where people can hang ‘prayer tags’ with names of people they want to remember or pray for. Instead of that this year, people can write a name or prayer on a ‘swaddling band’ strip of cloth and place it at the manger.


Speaking about the project, Canon Edward Carter, the Vicar at St Peter Mancroft, said: “People have been amazingly creative, and I love the way all the figures are made from recycled materials. Visitors to the church are saying it’s helping them see Christmas in a new way, after such a challenging year.”


Throughout Advent we'll be sharing pictures of the individual figures and who made them on our social media channels. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the #LockdownCribset hashtag.