Blazing a trail for church initiative

Children carry out a fingertip search of the area.

Children carry out a fingertip search of the area.

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There was no trailing around old ruins when pupils from Crowland, Cowbit and Weston Hills schools visited Crowland Abbey.

The group of youngsters were busily engaged in acting detective, following a pre-arranged trail hunting down answers to set questions.

The youngsters were taking part in the launch of an initiative by the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) to introduce children to churches.

Sybil Speechley, coordinator of Abbey Guides, said: “It is believed that this is the first church in the country to have an inside and outside trail, in this case of the monastery ruins.”

The trail is aimed at children aged from eight to 12 years and families and a set of questions leads them round the church – answers can be checked with an accompanying adult or guide.

The Crowland Abbey version of the trail has been sponsored by the Stamford branch of NADFAS.

Crowland Abbey is open daily and guides are on duty from 11am to 3pm.