Launch of the Church Trail at Wisborough Green Church
West Sussex Decorative and Fine Arts Society launched the third of their Church trails on Wednesday 6th July. A group of children from Wisborough Green Primary school helped to celebrate its most recent Church Trail at St Peter ad Vincula Church. The 13th Century Church has many fascinating features, including an altar stone that had lain buried for years following the reformation. The church sits atop a high mound that enabled pilgrims to see it at great distance and it provided safety for those travelling to Santiago de Compostela. There are many points of references related to both World Wars, from stain glass windows to large flags that hang high in the church, and which remind visitors of Canadian soldiers that gave their lives during the raid on Dieppe in 1942. A service is held annually in August in remembrance. A large tapestry was completed in 1977 and provides visitors with an insight into village life over the years, from glass blowing to sports and much more.
The church trail was co-ordinated by Ann Gilham with support from other members of the committee. NADFAS believes in making heritage accessible and it was a pleasure to have Jennie Dolman with us for the launch. She and June Graveson had provided much valuable support during the project.
The Reverend Clive Jenkins enabled the celebration to proceed and inspired the young visitors to enjoy the experience of completing the trail for the first time. Many parents and committee members guided the children, providing support and encouragement and were impressed by their perseverance and obvious pleasure.
The Church trail will provide opportunities for children and adults to discover items they have never seen before, or had seen but hadn’t taken notice of. New visitors to the church will be quickly inspired by the stories of the past and the serenity and calm that pervades the very essence of the building for years to come.