JUST before Christmas the church folk of Pinchbeck were setting out the nativity scene for the crib service on Christmas Eve and found they were missing a vital ingredient of the service – the crib.
Despite searching it was not to be found and baby Jesus had to lie in a box because someone has gone “away with our manger”.
This was a very special manger, made many years ago in a carpenter’s workshop where Brayfields now stands, by Gerald Homer, master carpenter, who was working at the time for Guy Bray and Sons, the village builders.
He apparently laboured long and lovingly over the crib and it had graced the church for over 40 years.
Please return it to the church if you borrowed it, or if you know of its whereabouts please contact one of the churchwardens.
ELIZABETH SNEATH (NEE