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YOUNG ARTSNADFASARTS EDUCATION AND HERITAGECONSERVATIONthe visitor around a church, looking atthe architecture, history and furnishings.It is designed for children aged betweeneight and 12, but we find that adultsenjoy following the questionnaire too. A separate answer sheet gives animmediate answer to the children'squestions, along with fuller, well-researched information for adults. Church Trails were originally intendedfor parents visiting a church with theirchildren, for tourists and for the church'scongregation. Yet groups such as theCub scouts and schools haveincreasingly shown an interest infollowing the Trails. Local clergy also findthem useful.When devising the questionnaires,adult supervision is a key consideration.The aim is to make the questions sparkinterest. Supervising adults can then usethis stimulus for continued discussion.A church provides an environment ofliving, breathing history - one thatdemonstrates how the lives of previousgenerations impinges on those of today.As such, whatever their religiousbackgrounds, the study of a localchurch is always relevant to our children.Further, comparative religion is frequentlyAbove: Anenthusasticgroup of Cubscouts Right:Children at St John theBaptist,Devizes, arejoined by localdignitariesNADFAS's Church Trails scheme is a fantastic way of engaging children inlocal history. And there are additional benefits, as Sarah HarrisexplainsTrailblazersLast September 60 school childrenvisited St John the Baptist inDevizes, Wiltshire, to study theirchurch and to launch the new NADFASChurch Trail.It was thrilling to see theinterest and absorption of so manychildren as, in small groups, theyconcentrated on their questions andlooked intently at the church. Among them was a group of smallboys who discussed with greatseriousness the shape of a font andwhether a six-sided shape was ahexagon or a hectagon. They alsodebated whether or not the water washoly before or after it went into the font!There was the fascination of a girllearning the meaning of a Latininscription on a brass memorial on thefloor (from an erudite NADFAS member).There are about 20 Church Trails inthe country (and a similar number in thepipeline) in churches that spread fromScotland, to the north, west, east anddown to the south of the country.WHAT IS A NADFAS CHURCHTRAIL?A NADFAS Church Trail is a simpleillustrated questionnaire which guides12NADFAS REVIEWSUPPLEMENT/ SUMMER

YOUNG ARTSNADFASARTS EDUCATION AND HERITAGECONSERVATIONRight:Searching forclues at achurch inKirkbyLonsdale a component of school curricula. We tryto be sensitive to all religions and lookforward to the day when a NADFASSociety sponsors a Trail in a non-Christian place of worship.PUBLICITY OPPORTUNITIESA Trail provides a fantastic opportunityto generate some publicity. At St Johnthe Baptist, Devizes, the Mayor andlocal dignitaries attended the servicemarking the handing over of the Trail to the Church. The children presentedflowers to Lady Johnston, of NorthWiltshire DFAS, in thanks for the Trail.Afterwards, a really interesting articleaccompanied by a photo was publishedin the local press. Publicity of this kindgives a Society the opportunity to talkabout what it does and to encouragemembership.Elsewhere, Bath Evening Societyrecently featured in the local press as aresult of two Trails it devised, and onboth occasions it was able to generatesome great publicity. The DFAS used thepublicity to remind the public that theseTrails are free and that either wouldmake a good half-term activity forchildren accompanied by adults.PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIESThe Trails offer great opportunities toestablish partnerships with other like-minded organisations. In Bristol, forexample, the Trail at St John's on theWall was created at the request of theChurches Conservation Trust. And inDorset, at St Mary's Puddletown, theTrail was supported by the Chairman ofDorset Historic Churches Trust as wellas the PCC (Parochial Church Council).The National Churches Trust is anotherenthusiastic advocate of the ChurchTrails programme.WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR SOCIETYTO PRODUCE A CHURCH TRAIL INA CHURCH NEAR YOU?NADFAS Church Trails are organisedunder the umbrella of the Volunteeringarm of NADFAS. Church Recorders,Young Arts and Heritage Volunteers allwork together to make Church Trails.Anybody can take part and mostSociety teams consist of two or threeordinary members of Societies.The national Church Trail Team will betalking at a number of Area REVIEW SUPPLEMENT/ SUMMER 201013about NADFAS Church Trails: what theyare and how to set one up. Members ofthe team are happy to run Area trainingdays as happened when interestedmembers from the West Surrey, EastSurrey and Hampshire Areas recentlycame together for a training day atWindlesham Parish Church. The NADFAS Volunteering Departmentis committed to helping the small teamsthat Societies set up to produce ChurchTrails and each Society team is allocatedan adviser. If you are interested increating a Trail, your Society Chairman is the first person to approach.When you have discussed it with yourSociety Chairman, please get in touchwith Chloƫ Bevan, Volunteering Managerat NADFAS House(, and shewill advise you on what to do next. Church Trails are enormous fun. They increase our knowledge ofchurches and, most importantly, theyare a source of new friendships. Whynot have a go? Sarah Harris is the Church TrailsTeam Leader