School maze comes to Holy Trinity Church in Kendal

The CATHEDRAL Schools maze begins a tour of the county the cathedral has served for 900 years.

The Schools Labyrinth is an exciting and innovative art project bringing together the creative skills of children from over 60 Cumbrian schools around the theme of pilgrimage and labyrinths which are at the heart of the Cathedral’s ‘Travel and Rest’ anniversary programme.

After being exhibited at the Cathedral in June, the Schools Labyrinth is now on tour in Cumbria, starting at Holy Trinity Church in Kendal where it will be exhibited in Kendal in July and August.

The installation, which is free to visitors, will then tour other locations in Cumbria for the rest of the year.

Reverend Canon Shanthi Thompson, Vicar of Holy Trinity Kendal and Honorary Canon of Carlisle Cathedral, said: “It is always wonderful to gather at our county cathedral for times of celebration and worship.

“This installation brings something of the life of the cathedral to the communities of Cumbria so that we can all experience this wonderful project.”

The Schools Maze is a joint project between the Cathedral and the Diocese of Carlisle. In collaboration with Cumbrian artist Abby Kilfedder, schools were invited to put their own unique designs onto large foam tiles which, when joined together, create a breathtaking maze that visitors are invited to walk on .

During the installation of the Schools Maze in the Cathedral’s refurbished Fratry Hall, visitors including the Archbishop of York, the Right Reverend and Right Honorable Stephen Cottrell, and the Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mrs Claire Hensman , along with more than 700 schoolchildren, were able to navigate the maze and experience the project firsthand.

Speaking about the facility in Kendal this summer, Mr Peter Barfoot, Principal of St Mark’s Church of England School in Natland, whose school has contributed to the project, said:

“The maze is such a powerful cultural idea for connecting Church schools across the diocese. Each tile is filled with local images and symbols, special to individual schools and students and yet a simple path connects them. A prayer walk around Cumbria in just a few steps.

Martha J. Finley