2017 Christmas Window Display at St Michael’s and All Angels Church
This year’s theme for the church’s Seasonal Window Displays was ‘The Nativity’.
Being the Local History Group, we always like to try and link our window display into the history of the village. Therefore, we decided to concentrate our efforts on the word ‘Inn’, especially as St Michael’s Church is positioned between The Hop Inn (formerly The Cricketers) and The Farriers Arms.
Our display consisted of three areas. On one side of the windowsill we created an arid scene with stones, drought tolerant foliage, and spices and almonds, to represent Bethlehem.
In the middle section we displayed a beautiful traditional manger together with a children’s Nativity Book, opened at the page explaining that there was ‘No room at the Inn’.
The final part of the display created the illusion of an Inn with tankards, beer bottles and mats to represent the pubs past and present in our village.
We also displayed on the wall, further information about The Cricketers and The Farriers.
Additionally, at the St. Michael’s Christmas Fayre, held on Saturday 9th December, we had on display, a ‘Work in Progress Folder’ containing detailed historic information about Inns and pubs in Spencers Wood, Grazeley, Three Mile Cross and Shinfield.