Hickling Church stages Nativity procession
The Christmas story was re-enacted in Hickling last Sunday, December 13, with a nativity procession through the village to Hickling Barn to await the birth of the baby. Tony Rothe reports.
Despite drizzly cold weather the company gathered at St Mary’s Parish Church with a reading, prayers, and a carol. Led by Mary, played by Caitlin Madden, on her pony, they made their way to the local inn, The Greyhound, where Joseph was told by landlady Debi Key that there was no room!
They found shepherds by the village pond watching over their flocks and ended up at Hickling Barn where they formed a Nativity tableau.
Villagers had been invited to join in, whether or not in costume, to share the Christmas message.
All those taking part sang carols, ate mince pies, and drank mulled wine to warm them all through. As one of the company said, “This is our small way of spreading the good news to 30 or 40 village folk.”
There will be Christmas Carols on Hickling Green at 2pm on Sunday December 20, when a small group of amateur musicians are planning to play some traditional carols out on The Green for about an hour, weather permitting. They have a list of popular carols and can take requests.
Everyone is invited to come along, join in, or just walk past and maybe throw a small donation into the bucket. Socially distancing will, of course, be observed.
All funds raised will go to The Greyhound to add to their collection for the Sea Palling Lifeboat, FAITH and Hickling Gym.
The top picture is courtesy of Keith Elliott.
The lower picture is from Hickling Church website, and shows a previous year’s procession.
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