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A group of The Arts Society Greenwich members, and others, have designed and produced a Heritage Trail for St Margaret’s on Lee Terrace.  The rector of the church, Canon Alan Race, and Ian Wilson, headmaster of St Margaret’s Primary, have declared it a great success.  At time of writing, three year groups from the school have enjoyed exploring the history of the building.  For details, please contact Alan Race via stmargaretslee.org.uk

First page of Church Trail

A Church Trail is to be used by children aged between 8 and 12 when they visit a Church either on a school visit or with family members and is designed to complement the National Curriculum requirements on Religious Studies. The Trail guides the children round the Church, getting them to focus on a dozen or so of the most interesting items in the Church, encouraging them to look, think about what they have seen, count things, do drawings and generally make discoveries for themselves.

2016: St Margaret’s, Lee. A group of The Arts Society Greenwich members, together with The Arts Society Blackheath, have designed and produced a Heritage Trail for St Margaret’s, Lee Terrace. Canon Alan Race and Ian Wilson, Headmaster of St Margaret’s Primary School, have declared it a great success. Groups from the school have enjoyed exploring the history of the Church. For details please contact Alan Race at www.stmargaretslee.org.uk

2013: All Saints, Blackheath.The Arts Society Greenwich worked with The Arts Society Blackheath on the first Church Trail in this part of the country. The Trail was launched at the Christmas Carol Service for Heath House School on 13 December 2013 with Heidi Alexander MP, the Mayor of Lewisham and the Suffragan Bishop of Croydon present. For further information please contact Fr. Nicholas Cranfield on www.allsaintsblackheath.org.

GDFAS has been involved in Church Recording since 2000, and several members have taken part in recording St Stephen's, Lewisham, Morden College Chapel and St Mary's, Lewisham as part of a team with Blackheath DFAS. A Church Record describes the contents of the Church - and every church is a unique and priceless part of our artistic and cultural heritage. The Record is compiled in sections covering such things as memorials, metalwork, stonework, textiles and windows. Details of the item's date, artist or designer, history and donor are researched, and a detailed description is written. The formal Record is presented to the Church, with copies going to the Diocesan Records Office, various museums and the National Monuments Record. The Record forms a catalogue of secular and ecclesastical art in the Church.

The Arts Society Heritage Volunteers cover an enormous variety of projects. Our local link is with the Old Royal Naval College, whose principal need is for room stewards in the refurbished Painted Hall and Chapel, as well as the Visitors’ Centre. Volunteers could also run “handling” sessions, help with Family or School workshops or accompany organised tours as a possible starter for Blue Badge Guide training.

For further information on volunteering in Greater London, please contact the society.