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Trails of Discovery

We now have three church trails for children in progress at Plympton St Maurice, St Mary's Plympton and St Francis of Assisi, Plymouth. Two memory trails for Plympton St Maurice and St Mary's Plympton are also being created.

On the 14th February, on a glorious sunny day, The Arts Society South Devon presented the first Town Trail for children created by The Arts Society to the Plymouth City Information Centre on the historic Barbican. The Trail was presented to the Information Centre Manager, in the presence of the South West Area Chairman, members of the South Devon Committee, and guests. The Trail starts and finishes on the Barbican and takes in significant landmarks around Plymouth Hoe including the Mayflower Steps, Drake’s Statue and the Armada Monument, and Smeaton’s Lighthouse. On completion of the Trail children are given a certificate by the Information Centre to acknowledge their achievement.

Memory Trails for people living with Dementia differ in that there are no answers. The trail aims to invoke memories and prompt discussion with family, friends or carers by looking around a church. The Society has now presented its third Memory Trail to The Minster Church of St Andrew, Plymouth during the Church's weekly Snack 'n Chat session. Rector Joe Dent remarked that it could be used by anyone wanting to enjoy the Church in the company of others. Following the presentation, within a few minutes a small group of people came into the Church, were given the Trail by a Steward and were the first to enjoy using it!

Please look in the 'Documents' section to see the latest Memory Trail and in the gallery for pictures.

A Children's Trail is a questionnaire designed by members of The Arts Society for children aged 8 -12 but is really for people of all ages! The trail guides children round places of worship and historic buildings looking at the architecture, history and furnishings. A corresponding answer sheet is provided for accompanying adults. The aim is to encourage children to explore the building, to learn about it and enjoy the experience so that they are inspired to visit similar places.

On Thursday 4th October our Society presented the Custodian of Plymouth Synagogue with an activity sheet for primary school children. This activity sheet is for the children to take back to school to continue their learning after their visit to the Synagogue. The presentation was attended by Deputy Lord Mayor Chris Mavin, Councillors Sue McDonald and Ian Tuffin, Police Sergeant Graham Little from the Police Diversity Team, and Sara Wells and Yuke Yoshioka from the Faiths & Cultural Diversity organisation. There were also some children and teachers from two Primary Schools -Victoria Road and St Peter’s Church of England School, and members of Plymouth Synagogue and The Arts Society South Devon.