Community Work

  • Church Recording
  • Heritage Volunteering – Tudor Costumes
  • Church Trails for Children

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Community Work

Church Recording

In 2008 members of The Arts Society Devizes joined members of The Arts Society Pewsey Vale to form a Church Recording Group.

In November 2017 we started recording at St Peter’s Church, Charlton St Peter. The whole group meets at the church on the third Thursday of the month and individual group members meet to record at their own convenience.

In November 2019 we presented our latest record to St Peter’s Church, Charlton St Peter, at an evening communion service. Robert East, then stood down from his role as our Group Leader and we all suspected that the group would close.  However, Val Brown (The Arts Society Pewsey) has agreed to take up the challenge, so we live to record more churches!

The Art Society Devizes is still looking to fill the vacancy of our Church Recording Representative.

St Stephen's Church, Beechingstoke

We have now completed the records on five local churches:

  • St Peter’s Church, Charlton St Peter — November 2019
  • St Stephen’s Church, Beechingstoke — May 2018;
  • St Andrew’s, Etchilhampton — March 2016;
  • St Matthew’s Church, Rushall;
  • St Nicholas’ Church, Wilsford.
Recording Artefacts

An album containing more photos from our church recording activities can be viewed by clicking here .

Heritage Volunteering – Tudor Costumes

Members of The Arts Society Devizes, working with colleagues from The Arts Society North Wiltshire, have completed the third phase of making children’s replica costumes for the Wiltshire Museum, Devizes.

Judith Burridge and Jennie Harding (The Arts Society North Wilts), with Sue Flood and Dawn Vernon (The Arts Society Devizes)

Pleas to members of both Societies produced a wide range of fabrics, haberdashery and jewellery all of which were put to very good use in recreating costumes of both the medieval and Tudor periods. The costume design work was led by Sue Flood of The Arts Society Devizes and the overall production coordinated by Jennie Harding of The Arts Society North Wiltshire.

Seamstresses from both societies produced a wide range of costumes the purpose being to create examples of clothing from all classes of society so children visiting the museum are able to appreciate the contrast between the lives of the poorer and wealthier people.

Witshire Museum, Devizes - Tudor Costumes

The garments have been designed and produced with great skill and imagination, workers taking home donated material and returning with caps, aprons, ruffs, bodices and beautiful gowns and breeches, all of which can be seen and worn at the Museum.

Tudor Costumes in Devizes Museum

We hope to engage in further production of costumes in the coming seasons.

Church Trails for Children

The Arts Society Devizes launched its first church trail for children at All Saints’ Church in West Lavington.

In January 2015 we welcomed 48 seven to nine-year-olds from Dauntsey Academy Primary School to All Saints’ Church, West Lavington to take part in the society’s first trail.

School staff and members of The Arts Society Devizes helped the children with their trail, having fun finding out about the church and answering questions such as ‘where is the holy washing up done?’.

Stacey Bird, Alder class teacher, said: It went really well and the children were very engaged. They also found it exciting that they were allowed to go anywhere in the church.

After completing the trail, the children returned to school to learn more about what they had seen. The school is now looking into taking other groups to take part in the trail.

We hope that other groups as well as families will come to enjoy the trail and find out about the historic village church.

The trail guides visitors round the church looking at its architecture, history and furnishings with the aim of encouraging people to explore and learn about the building, so that they are inspired to visit other churches.

Anji Scofield, our church trail designer, said: I picked All Saints’ for the first trail as it is my local church and the one I know best. It was wonderful to see the children have so much fun learning about the building and its history.

The trail can be completed at any time the church is open, with trail sheets available for people to use. The PDF copy of the trail sheet can also be viewed by clicking here.

An album containing more photos of our church trails can be viewed by clicking here.