The National head and the Area co-ordinator for Childrens' Trails is Pauline Stewart whose address is


  • Children's Trails South West Society Church Status
  • Budleigh Salterton – Budleigh Salterton, All Saints, now completed
  • Dartmoor, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, St Pancras, now completed
  • Dartmoor, Chagford, St Michael The Archangel, now completed
  • Dartmoor, Lamerton, St Peter’s Parish Church, now completed. Being launched at the beginning of September.
  • Dartmoor, Ida, St Ida, now completed
  • Falmouth, St King Charles the Martyr, now completed
  • North Somerset, Burnham on Sea, St Andrew, now completed
  • Sidmouth, Sidmouth, St Giles and St Nicholas, now completed
  • South West Area, St Stephen, St Stephen-in-Brannel, in progress
  • South Devon, Tamerton Foliot, St Mary, now completed
  • South Devon, Whitchurch, St Andrew, in progress
  • Teignbridge, Bovey Tracey, St Peter,  Paul & Thomas of Canterbury, now completed.
  • South Devon St Andrews, Buckland Monachorum - completed and see below.
  • South Devon NADFAS launched its latest church trail at St. Andrews church in the Devon village of Buckland Monachorum which has many associations with the Drake family. The launch was attended by the Mayor of West Devon , Councillor David Cloke, the vicar Graham Cotter, and children from the local primary school. The trail was presented to the church by Dr Michael Inman, Chairman of South Devon DFAS. The children tackled the questions with enthusiasm and discovered interesting new facts about their church. The roof over the knave of the church is notable for its sixteen carved oak figures of angels who are each playing a different instrument.This angel orchestra was the subject of much debate as the children were asked to choose the instrument they liked best!


A new trail of Discovery - PLYMOUTH SYNAGOGUE 


A MESSAGE FROM PAULINE STEWART:-  Due to the increasing diversity of Children's Trails, discussions have taken place with Childrens' Trails Area representatives and Florian regarding a new name for this volunteering arm which now covers Church Trails, Trails in other places of worship and Historic Building Trails for children and Memory Trails for people suffering with Dementia. It was agreed by all that the new name should be TRAILS OF DISCOVERY.

  • With regard to Memory Trails, Geri Parlby (Society member and a lecturer for The Arts Society) and a psychiatric nurse have given us some words which would be applicable to use in these trails. I have also had these suggestions endorsed by a senior mental health and registered Dementia nurse who works in a nursing home. We have already had expressions of interest in this approach from a care home and a Dementia walking group.  This trail does not have the tradional question and answer sheet but a sheet providing prompts for conversation and to evoke memories based on a trail within a church. We have created a draft trail and had the agreement from Guilford Street.
  • A microsite has already been set up to support members who are leading a Childrens' Trail but this will be expanded. In April 2018 a meeting is to be held in Guilford Street to map out a lnk between The Arts Society website and the Trails of Discovery microsite. The intention is to give members access to a top level of the microsite which will explain and give examples of each of the trails. The next level will be password protected and for members leading a trail for their society. A new logo has been agreed and will be applied to the microsite and all the documents relating to Trails. If any further information is required, please contact me.             PAULINE STEWART 25TH FEBRUARY 2018.