Broadcaster’s crib collection to be displayed at Worthing church

Broadcaster and author Libby Purves has collected cribs from all over the world during the last 25 years or so with her husband, Paul Heiney, and family.

Still expanding, the collection comes from more than 40 nations, showing the different ways of celebrating the Christmas story varying in size from a complete stable and figures carved from the head of a matchstick from San Salvador to a village scene covering a 4ft table top from Provence.

The cribs have been on display in cathedrals and churches in East Anglia and Newcastle, but they will soon be exhibited in Worthing for the first time.

They can be seen from December 9-16 at Emmanuel Church and Centre, St. Michael’s Road, Worthing.

Exhibition entry is free, but Libby invites charity donations from those who have enjoyed the display.

This year, the charity is Young Carers, which helps young people who are caring for family members.