Pupils help launch new church trail in Cuckney

Pupils from Cuckney primary school taking part in the new trail at St Mary's Church in the village
Pupils from Cuckney primary school taking part in the new trail at St Mary's Church in the village

A class of Year Five and Six pupils from Cuckney primary school in Bassetlaw helped launch the new church trail for children at St Mary’s Church in Norton Cuckney.

This is the third trail produced by the Dukeries Society of NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) in north Nottinghamshire.

The trail is a question sheet that guides children and accompanying adults round a church and encourages them to learn about the architecture, history and furnishings.

NADFAS members voluntarily give their time to research and write the questions and corresponding answer sheets.

Around 40 people attended the handing over of the trail to the church and an enjoyable, informative afternoon was had by all.

The children found out from an old photograph how the church used to look at the beginning of the 20th Century, and there was also great interest from everyone in the ‘devil’s door’.

This is now partly blocked up at St Mary’s, leaving a window only.

But at one time a devil’s door was traditionally left open during a baptism or funeral to let out any evil spirits in the person concerned.

The Dukeries Society meets at St Anne’s Church Hall in Worksop on the first Wednesday of the month (except during the months of January, August and September) at 1.50pm.

Visitors are always very welcome.

For further information please ring 01909 540506 or see www.eastmidlandsnadfas.co.uk