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Join the new Chapel Trail at Launde Abbey

Launde Abbey staff and trustees are inviting schools and parents to enjoy a visit to the Abbey to try its new Chapel Trail. The Trail was designed by staff at the Abbey, with the help of funding from NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts) to encourage children to discover the treasures in our local churches and learn more about them.

The Trail is self-guided around the Abbey’s medieval chapel, which is dedicated to St John the Baptist, and takes about an hour. It is designed to inspire children with an interest in the art, architecture, history and furnishings found in the chapel, and there are certainly plenty of other things to see as well at the Abbey. The children are invited to complete a two-sided quiz sheet , which encourages them to really investigate different aspects of the chapel, and the accompanying adult, whether parent or teacher, uses an answer sheet to give a full explanation for each question, as well as other interesting facts about the chapel and churches generally.

The Trail was launched with a short service of dedication on May 26th 2017, attended by children from local Tugby School, the Archdeacon of Leicester, Melton and Rutland MP, Sir Alan Duncan and Gill Murphy, the NADFAS Church Trails Co-ordinator.

After the service the children and adults all completed the Trail and were treated to squash and homemade cookies, which were made by the Abbey’s chef. They then explored other parts of the Abbey, with its many areas of historical interest. As it was such a glorious sunny day everyone had the chance to walk the stone labyrinth in the wood, one of two labyrinths at the Abbey, and to visit the walled kitchen garden, where some of the food for guests is grown.

School staff said afterwards: “The visit came at the perfect time, just after the school had finished their SATs, so everyone really enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the chapel and the Abbey - without a test at the end!”

Sir Alan Duncan agreed and said “The Trail is really interesting and I have learned a lot about this chapel and churches in general this morning”.

The Abbey’s Warden, David Newman said: “Launde is such a wonderful place to visit as there is so much of interest here, not just in the chapel, but also in the house and grounds. We are really looking forward to welcoming schools from around Leicestershire and Rutland to explore our chapel and learn a little more about its layout, furniture and architecture, together with general information about its history. I’m sure the accompanying adults will learn something new too”.

The Trail is open to schools and families and is designed for 8–12 year olds to learn about the building and perhaps inspire them to visit other local churches. To book a school visit, please contact Launde Abbey on 01572 717254. Families are also welcome to undertake the Trail, perhaps as part of a wider visit for lunch or morning coffee.