Ding dong merrily on high at church

Young explorers delve into their history of their church ' Winnie Temple, Emily Franklin and Rosie Gauntlet. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG220515-207TW
Young explorers delve into their history of their church ' Winnie Temple, Emily Franklin and Rosie Gauntlet. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG220515-207TW
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Delving into history became a lofty pursuit for children attending the messy church at Cowbit St Mary.

Youngsters climbed up steps in the church tower – which isn’t normally open – and saw the bells and the mechanism of the newly restored clock.

This way to the bells ' Lisa Jackson makes her way up the stone spiral staircase at Cowbit St Mary Church. SG220515-204TW

This way to the bells ' Lisa Jackson makes her way up the stone spiral staircase at Cowbit St Mary Church. SG220515-204TW

The tower was opened specially for Friday’s launch of the Cowbit St Mary Trail, which is sponsored by The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies and Stamford Decorative and Fine Arts Society.

Dr Shirley Pugh, who leads a team putting together special events centred on the church, said: “The trail is aimed at eight to 12-year-olds and consists of a series of questions based on the interior of the church, giving an insight into the history and architecture of the building.”

Later this year, the team hope to recreate the celebrations held in 1907 when the clock was installed in the 14th century church. • The clock was restored following an £8,000 Lottery grant.

James Simpson enjoying messy church arts at Cowbit St Mary. SG220515-205TW

James Simpson enjoying messy church arts at Cowbit St Mary. SG220515-205TW

Ethan and Lisa Jackson and Toby Holliday with leaders Peg Mountain and Dr Shirley Pugh beneath the bells. SG220515-203TW

Ethan and Lisa Jackson and Toby Holliday with leaders Peg Mountain and Dr Shirley Pugh beneath the bells. SG220515-203TW