In true Vicar of Dibley fashion, a church in Chorleywood is holding its hugely popular living nativity for the fourth year.
Reverend David Hall, vicar of Christ Church Chorleywood, says that the event, which takes place at 11am on Christmas Eve, is “perennially popular” with locals. He explained that it all started back in 2019 when he noticed that the Christmas Eve service was increasingly poorly attended.
He said: “I asked the parish officer if we could get a donkey into the church to liven things up. She said, ‘I can’t get you a donkey, but I can get you a whole farm!’”
As the event is inherently COVID-19 friendly, it was able to continue throughout the pandemic.
The performance takes place in the churchyard and includes sheep, goats and donkeys, with local children dressed up to play Mary, Joseph, the wise men and the shepherds.
David said: “The ducks and geese are pretty lawless so they have to be penned in. An animal usually does a runner – last year a goat made its escape and had to be chased around the graveyard. It caused a little bit of extra excitement!”
At the event, extracts from the Bible will also be read.