Mary, Joseph, the Three Wise Men and assorted lambs, cows and asses found there was, literally, no room in the Men’s Shed for them!
The almost life-size figures are being made for a Nativity display for the front of the Anglican Church in Penneshaw.
Men’s Shed member Paul, said that about 40-50 hours have been spent on the many figures already and there was still a lot more to do by Friday, when the whole nativity scene is delivered (hopefully) to Penneshaw.
There are 12 pieces in total, lovingly cut out of plywood and painted by Paul, Mark Crowe, Graham Olsen (who also donated the paint) and Malcolm Boxall.
Many more pieces are inside the Shed, awaiting a bit of ‘tizzying up’ and finishing.
Paul said that Mary looks a little worried; obviously wondering about how the whole the ‘immaculate conception’ thing happened!
The Baby Jesus already exists, however, so they don’t need to create a new one.
A few years ago, the Baby Jesus was stolen from his crib (on display outside Century 21), some wag pinning a note to his blanket saying, “Gone fishing”!