On Tuesday 15th October, 27 children from Year 6 of Cranbourne Primary School visited St Peter's Church, Cranbourne, to take part in the launch of The Arts Society Englemere's latest Children's Trail.  The trail, consisting of illustrated question and answer sheets, had been prepared by Caroline Audsley, Fay Ince and Elizabeth Kurn of The Arts Society Englemere.  The aims of The Arts Society Trails are to guide 8 to 12 year old children around a place of worship or historical building, looking at its artefacts, architecture and history and raising their awareness to and enjoyment of the art that is all around them.  

The Rev. Huw Mordecai (Vicar) and Mrs Barbara Hamilton (The Arts Society  Englemere Chairman) welcomed the children and then in small groups, helped by their teachers and members of The Arts Society, they followed the trail of discovery around the church.  The children found out about the fire that caused so much damage in 2006 and how the extensive restoration has enhanced so much of the interior.  The children were treated to hearing the very colourful organ  being played by the assistant organist Andrea Stephens. (The previous organ was completely destroyed in the fire.)  

The children were enthusiastic to explore the church and discover the answers, whether it was to find out about the chapel dedicated to Lord Alexander of Tunis, draw a design for a kneeler or examine the carvings on the font.  They admired the stained glass and the striking reredos behind the altar and hunted for the many places where St Peter's keys were illustrated. After some well-earned refreshments, Caroline took them through their answers and discussed some of the issues that they raised.  

Before they left, the children and teachers were thanked for helping in the successful  launch of the trail.  Copies of the questions and answers will be available in the Church for others to enjoy.  

Please click HERE to see some photographs of this event and earlier events.