Pupils go back to nature to celebrate creation …

Date: Friday 11th October 2013
Some of the children of Warcop School enjoy exploring the field at Great Musgrave adjacent to the River Eden, with teaching assistant Maria Taylor and teacher Sarah Metcalf.
Some of the children of Warcop School enjoy exploring the field at Great Musgrave adjacent to the River Eden, with teaching assistant Maria Taylor and teacher Sarah Metcalf.

CHILDREN from Warcop Primary School attended a harvest festival service, with some of the youngsters also embarking on a nature trail.

Children, parents and staff started the afternoon in St. Theobald’s Church, Great Musgrave, which they filled to bursting, with the children presenting their own harvest festival with songs and prayers, art works and readings.

The quality of their singing was especially appreciated and included the Lord’s Prayer, performed with dramatic actions. Phil Cheeseley, of Cumbria Wildlife Trust, gave a delightful talk with images about the mini-beasts to be found in the churchyard, each performing a useful purpose, even the slugs and snails.

The Rev. Peter Tompkins had welcomed everyone and concluded with a prayer of thanksgiving and blessing. Donations were given for Jennifah, in Tanzania, which the school is supporting through ActionAid.

As people left the church, heavy showers cleared away, leaving a rather muddy field. But the children were all equipped with wellies, ready for the nature trail, before an ice cream tea provided by church members in the newly-restored 17th Century barn.

Staff and children, parents and church members enjoyed time to meet and talk of what had become a fine October afternoon, on which the top class had also organised a nature trail to round off the “celebrate creation” day.

BELOW: Some of the children of Warcop School enjoy exploring the field at Great Musgrave adjacent to the River Eden, with teaching assistant Maria Taylor and teacher Sarah Metcalf.