St Helen’s Church used to have a popular Sunday School, run by local parents. In 1998 a Nativity play was prepared for the Sunday before Christmas, involving 22 local children and produced by Jen Snow and Chris Sergeant. It was filmed as a video by Wendy Harrison, the mother of the two-month old baby in the crib and it showed the small girl, Ellie Sergeant, bellowing the carols to such effect that Wendy gave a copy to the Sergeant family. They enjoyed it privately until 2012, when Ellie (by then aged 18) gave permission for her sister, Hannah to post it on YouTube under ‘Funny Nativity’ where it became top favourite.
We include it here because it was performed on the chancel steps of St Helen’s Church, of which a study is the central part of our book Round the Square and up the Tower. Sadly, there is no longer a Sunday School.
Film permission from Wendy Harrison