Since 2003 many societies have created Church Trails at local churches, increasing the enjoyment of visitors and giving an insight into the art, architecture and contents of the church. In 2017 the trails became Children’s Trails to reflect the change to creating trails for other places of worship and historic buildings. However, due to the increasing diversity of trails, it was decided in February 2018 to now use the name Trails of Discovery. Trails of Discovery will encompass Children’s Trails at churches, other places of worship and other historic buildings, and a new type of trail that has been developed for people living with dementia, Memory Trails. This trail does not have the traditional question and answer sheet, but is a sheet providing prompts for conversation and to evoke memories based on a trail within a church. More than 340 trails have now been registered at The Arts Society House and this number is increasing all the time. The East Midlands Area has completed trails across the region. (Click on the link below to see where and to download the trail questions and answers.) More trails are in progress. These are listed below, and their questions and answers will be added as they are completed. St Leonard, Apethorpe, Northamptonshire  St Mary and St Martin, Blyth, Nottinghamshire St Botolph and St John the Baptist, Croxton Kerrial, Leicestershire St Mary and All Saints, Willoughby on the Wolds, Nottinghamshire Area Representatives are on hand to offer help and advice to societies. They meet as a team regularly to share their experiences and learn from each other. Draft trails are checked, checked and checked again by the Trails of Discovery Team, before they are included in The Arts Society portfolio of Trails of Discovery. The trail is then ready to be handed over at a ‘launch’ event. If your society would like to get involved with Trails of Discovery, please contact Gill Murphy, 217 Windsor Road, Carlton in Lindrick, Worksop, Notts. S81 9DH glmurphy@btinternet.com 01909 540506 Click here for a list of completed East Midlands Area trails
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