The Blessing of the Nativity Chalet

December 5, 2018

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Winchester Cathedral’s Nativity Chalet was officially blessed yesterday evening (Tuesday 4 December) by the Dean of Winchester, The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, with beautiful singing by Winchester Cathedral Junior Choir and Youth Choir.

Located at the heart of the British Crafts Village, the delightful Nativity Chalet encourages us to fondly reminisce about the Christmas story.  The Nativity Chalet is especially unique this year as it is inspired by the pupils at Stanmore Primary School. Ten of their drawings were selected to produce the life-size Nativity Scene, created by Sophie Hacker, Arts Consultant at the Cathedral.

The Winchester Cathedral Junior Choir proudly performed at the blessing, with support from members of Winchester Cathedral Youth Choir. Founded in September 2016 by Keith Clark, a former director of the Hampshire County Youth Choir, the Junior Choir is composed of talented boys and girls aged 7-13. Occasionally singing at performances and services alongside their regular weekly rehearsals, they develop choral skills and confidence through their singing.

The Cathedral’s Arts Consultant Sophie Hacker said: “This nativity display was an absolute pleasure to create, inspired by the drawings from Stanmore Primary School pupils. I was delighted to be in attendance at the blessing”.

The Dean of Winchester, The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, said: “The Nativity Chalet reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas; through the simple yet profound message about the birth of a baby. It provides us with a wonderful sense of community at the heart of the Christmas Market. Thank you to the pupils from Stanmore Primary School for contributing to this beautiful display”.