St Albans church’s nativity scene restored following attack by vandals

The crib at St Bartholomew’s Catholic Church has been restored

The crib at St Bartholomew’s Catholic Church has been restored - Credit: Archant

An outdoor festive crib torched by vandals last year has been blessed and reconsecrated in the run-up to this Christmas.

Parish priest Father Tim Edgar with the St Bartholomew church nativity scene which was damaged by va

Parish priest Father Tim Edgar with the St Bartholomew church nativity scene which was damaged by vandals in the early hours of new years day last year - Credit: Archant

The crib at St Bartholomew’s Catholic Church in Vesta Avenue, St Albans, was severely damaged after vandals let off a firework inside the display - causing substantial damage to the nativity scene.

Parish priest Father Tim Edgar said: “The police were really helpful and kind but unfortunately there was nothing that could be done following the incident.”

The reconsecration was held by Bishop John Sherrington, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster following Mass at the church and was attended by around 200 people.

There had been some discussion about whether to put the crib back up following the vandalism, but it was decided that the display and its Christmas spirit would not be tainted by this incident. As Father Tim Edgar said: “We are not letting them win.”


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Despite losing one camel figurine from the nativity scene, the rest of the crib has been restored following generous donations from the public.

The plexiglass that was smashed has been replaced with reinforced glass, and the figurines have all been cleaned and repaired. New electrics have also been installed and the crib has been firmly stuck to the ground.

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The money needed for the restoration was collected within two to three days, with many people stopping Father Edgar on the street with their donations.

The crib will be installed at St Bartholomew’s until January 6.

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