Children's Trail

On June 27th, twenty-three children from Ringmer Primary School met at St Mary's Parish Church in Ringmer to try out our new Children's Trail (previously known as Church Trails). This is a questionnaire for children aged 8 to 12 and is designed to guide them around a church looking at the architecture, history and furnishings. There is a corresponding answer sheet for accompanying adults. The aim is to encourage both children and adults to explore the building, learn about it and enjoy the experience so they will be inspired to visit other churches. 

These Ringmer children showed plenty of interest and enjoyment as they went round the church answering questions and doing sketches. In the plenary session, children were asked about their favourite parts of the church. Some liked the lectern with its carved eagle, others the pulpit and hatchments (boards hung outside the house when someone died and then bought to church at the funeral.) Afterwards, there were stickers and squash for the children and a welcome cup of tea for the adults before the children and staff made their way back to school.

These Children's Trails are available on a table by the South door for anyone to use.

There will be a presentation to the Ringmer History Group about the Children's Trail and the Ringmer Church Records in Ringmer Church on Friday 23rd March at 7.45 pm. Anyone interested in finding out more about them is very welcome to attend.  

 Church Records for St Mary the Virgin

Church Recorders holding up the Church Record

Church Recorders holding up the Church Record

Presenting a cheque to Colin, the Church Warden

Presenting a cheque to Colin, the Church Warden

The Rev'd Will Pratt and Colin holding the Church Record

The Rev'd Will Pratt and Colin holding the Church Record

Keith and Jennifer Cross completed the Record

Keith and Jennifer Cross completed the Record


20th July 2014 - The Church Record is handed over to the church

Colin Walford, our previous Chair, representing our Society  presented the two volume Church Record, bound in dark blue with gold lettering, to the Reverend Canon William Pratt on Sunday 20th July 2014 after the morning service. Then one of the Church Wardens kindly presented The Arts Society Uckfield & Lewes with a cheque as a "thank you" for completing the Church Record. Many members of UckfieldDFAS, all those who had been involved with the Church Recording, Jennifer and Keith Cross and Sheila Ryan (Area Co-ordinator for Church Recording) were present at the church

Jennifer wrote that the record of this beautiful church has taken several years to complete and includes many interesting artefacts found during this time. The church has benefited from the generosity of the Christie family of nearby Glyndebourne, the east window having been given by William Langham Christie and the large organ donated by John Christie. The Library section includes a 1657 polyglot bible written in nine middle-eastern languages and printed by a famous London printer Thomas Roycroft. Many of the textiles were worked by Marion Cantrell, a designer and embroiderer of many years standing, and the tiles in the new extension were designed and given by Kenneth and Ann Clark, local ceramicists. The memorials throughout the church date from the early 1600s and, over the centuries, are dedicated to many members of the same local families.

Thank you to all the Church Recorders and also to Jennifer and Keith Cross who completed our Church Recorders project. We are enormously grateful to everyone involved.