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Saturday 13 October 2018

New Children's Discovery Trail - Croston St Michael's

The Arts Society Samlesbury has produced an exciting new Children’s DiscoveryTrail around the inside of St Michael & All Angels Church in Croston. The Trail will be formally launched by the Rector Rev Michael Woods.

The Trail leads children between the ages of 8 and 12 around the church using a simple plan, asking them to answer questions, find items, count, read and draw as they go.  The aim is to inspire children to notice art, architecture and furnishings in churches and to appreciate how these beautiful buildings are part of the community and national history. 

Children from local primary and secondary schools; scouting organisations and their parents and families have all been invited to come to the launch, when a group of children will follow the Trail in the company of an adult who has the Answer sheet, containing both the answers and additional information to share with the children. Members of The Arts Society Samlesbury, who devised the Trail, will be on hand to help and to explain how it was developed.

The Trail is the latest in a series of events designed to make St Michael’s Church more accessible to the wider community following a major Heritage Lottery Funded Restoration programme in 2017.

Churchwarden, Andrew Marston said: “We are so grateful to The Arts Society for developing this trail inside our church which will help children to understand the important place that the church has at the heart of our village community. It is a great addition to the interpretation of the history and heritage of our church”

Jean Toon from The Arts Society Samlesbury said: “We are pleased to give  the Discovery Trail to St Michael’s and hope that the children and the adults who accompany them thoroughly enjoy the Trail and feel inspired to visit other churches.”

About the Arts Society

The Arts Society is a leading arts education charity with a global network of 385 local Societies, which bring people together through a shared curiosity for the arts. Our events provide welcoming places – locally, nationally and globally – to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts.

Our 90,000+ members contribute to and preserve our artistic heritage through volunteering and grants. Our strength is our people, joined together by a passion for the arts which can nourish and empower us all. Our work creates a better, healthier and more connected society.

About St Michael & All Angels Church Croston

The church is located at the centre of the village of Croston within the Chorley Borough of Lancashire. The church is part of the United Benefice of Croston, Bretherton and Mawdesley with Bispham within the Chorley Deanery of the Diocese of Blackburn. The Rector is Rev Michael Woods. The church has strong links with local church schools - Trinity and St Michaels Primary and Bishop Rawstorne Academy - and local scout groups. Our congregation is active and growing with many young families and children attending weekly services and other events. The church is funded entirely by our local congregations and other fund raising. Please visit our website

For further information, images and interviews, please contact:

Andrew Marston, Churchwarden at St Michael & All Angels, Church Street, Croston  PR26 9HA

Tel: 01772 600962