Church Trail Launch, Cranborne The Church Trail Launch in Cranborne took place on March 25th 2015, with enthusiastic participation from pupils of Cranborne First School, accompanied by the Head Teacher, Lindsay Robertson. Also present were the Rural Dean, Chris Tebbutt, Julia Tibbs, THE ARTS SOCIETY Area Chairman, Maggie Watts, Deputy Chairman and Rosemary Jarvis, Church warden and co – author of the Trail with Sue Smith. Everyone enjoyed hunting round the Church, looking for items on their sheets, “ anyone seen a fallen angel anywhere ?“ and we all learned a great deal from the informative answers. We hope that using the Trail will make our beautiful church more accessible and less intimidating to people both young and old.

CHURCH RECORDERS are part of THE ARTS SOCIETY.  They are volunteers who make records of the contents of our national churches, thereby promoting the recognition and preservation of the rich artistic heritage to be found in places of worship of all religions. The items are described in detail and their history researched. All the material is then compiled to make a digital record, computer discs and a book illustrated with photographs and drawings. The digital record is stored on the cloud and accessible via the internet to all who might be interested e.g. researchers, libraries, etc.  A disc will be stored at the V&A museum, the diocese of Salisbury, The Arts Society, and the Dorset records office and The Book will be presented to the church.


Our CHURCH RECORDERS   group are currently making a recording at The Church of St Mary and St Bartholomew in the village of Cranborne Dorset. We meet at the church on a Monday morning twice a month. If you are interested in joining us we would be very pleased to welcome you. No special knowledge is required, we all learn on the job! Please contact Ann Edwards (committee member)