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Christmas 2004
"Angels and Sheds"
Children from Beech Early Years JI&N
Children from Beech Early Years JI&N School, Golcar in front of their crib
Eight very special cribs have been unveiled at Huddersfield Parish Church. Children from Huddersfield schools have been busy transforming small wooden sheds into cribs reflecting the different Christmas traditions that can be found in the district.

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People from different communities in Kirklees have been popping in to schools to talk to children about how they celebrate Christmas and the children have transformed the 'sheds' into cribs to reflect these traditions.

Olga and Dennis from Ukraine went in to school in traditional dress, Mr Brown from Jamaica explained how banana leaves are used to decorate cribs instead of hay while Yaqub from the Asian Christian Fellowship sang, "Oh, Come All Ye Faithful" in Urdu and talked about the figure of Jesus being laid in a manger full of rice stalks.

The cribs were carried into Huddersfield Parish Church by the children during a special service on Saturday, December 11th and they will remain on display there until January 7th.

'Angels and Sheds' is part of 'A Christmas To Remember,' organised by the Kirklees Community History Service, which also includes an exhibition at the Tolson Museum, 'Szopki In The Snow,' as well as a special Polish Christmas celebration, 'Wesolych Swiat' (Happy Christmas).

As happens in Poland non-traditional Nativity characters have been included in each crib. The Asian crib has a school lollipop lady while Huddersfield Town striker Pawel Abbott is in the Polish crib and artist and all-round genius Leonardo Da Vinci appears in the Italian crib.

Community Education Officer Kim Strickson, who has organised the project, says: "I was so pleased to see such a variety of cultures represented in the church. For some people, it was the first time they'd ever set foot inside a church! The willingness to share traditions, knowledge and music was obviously so strong, it transcended any barriers of faith and race."

Polish crib
Polish crib
(Beech Early Years I & J School)
Ukranian crib
Ukrainian crib
(Crosland Moor Junior School)
Italian crib
Italian crib
(Almondbury Junior School)
Ethiopian crib
Ethiopian crib
(Birkby Junior School)
Filipino crib
(Lepton C of E J, I & N School)
Jamaican crib
Jamaican crib
(Moldgreen Community School)
Pakistani crib
Pakistani crib
(Spring Grove School)
English crib
English crib
(Paddock J, I & N School)

The Szopki In The Snow photo exhibition runs at Tolson Museum, Huddersfield until January 30th, 2005 and the Angels and Sheds cribs will remain on display at Huddersfield Parish Church until January 7th, 2005.
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