Chiltern Decorative & Fine Arts Society


As so many of the local churches have now been recorded, CDFAS along with a number of other societies are looking to prepare Church Trails always with the agreement of the individual church.

A NADFAS Church Trail is a questionnaire designed by members of NADFAS for children aged 8-12 but is really for people of all ages! The trail guides the participant round a church looking at the architecture, history and furnishings. A corresponding answer sheet is provided. The aim is to encourage children and adults to explore the building, to learn about it and enjoy the experience so that they are inspired to visit other churches.

This project started with a small team preparing a Church Trail for the Church of St. John the Baptist, Little Missenden. As part of CDFAS’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, this Church Trail was launched in April 2015 at the Church. School children from two local schools participated in the Launch proceedings and over 60 guests were present.

In May 2017 CDFAS celebrated the Launch of its third Church Trail. This was for St. Giles, Chalfont St. Giles. Sixteen children from the Village School took part in the Launch. The Launch also featured artwork by children from the Village School resulting from a competition organised by CDFAS Young Arts volunteers.

Any CDFAS members who would be interested in preparing future Church Trails or any local church which wishes to be considered for  NADFAS Church Trail should contact Martin Read (CDFAS Church Trail Leader) on 01494 725121 or

Photograph captions:
Top - "St. John the Baptist, Little Missenden".
Bottom - "Launch of the third Church Trail".