A group,of about 25 home-schooled children and their mothers spent the morning at the Heritage Centre on 29th January.
After light refreshments the visit began with a brief illustrated talk on the fact that, for nearly 2,000 years, Christianity has been the source of tremendous blessing to our Country.
The group, armed with clip-boards and pencils, spent half-an hour on a ‘picture and object search’ of the exhibition. Their observation sheets and questions were prepared by our friends Steve and Priscilla West from Dudley, and have proved very popular with younger visitors.
The group were then divided into two, to study the life of Alfred the Great. Mrs West told a gripping story to the younger group, of Alfred in his younger years, from the point of view of his mother, Osburgh. Roland Burrows took the older children through the main points of Alfred’s life and achievements. Well did John Foxe, in his ‘Acts and Monuments’ say of Alfred, ‘Among the Saxon kings…..mentioned, I find few or none to be preferred, or even to be compared, to this Alfred, for the great and singular qualities….. worthy of high renown and commendation.’
This was followed by some model-making, time restricting us to the making of Saxon longboats, while the younger children made replicas of Alfred’s crown.
There was just enough time to sing a song specially written on the life of Alfred the Great, entitled ‘I’ll sing of Alfred’ to the tune of ‘Green Grow the Rushes-O’.
The visit ended with an indoor picnic lunch in the schoolroom. We hope that this will be the first of many similar visits, teaching the rising generation of our precious Christian Heritage.