Over the summer, All Saints Episcopal Church, Gretna underwent extensive conservation work, thanks to generous funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, as well as other bodies and individual donations. This huge feat will enable the church to serve at the heart of the community for years to come! Meanwhile, children at Gretna Primary School have been learning about the history of Gretna.
Pupils and members of staff from Gretna Primary School recently visited All Saints. The children came in three groups to learn about the history of the church and its role in the community. Coming in three separate groups, they were shown around the church as well hearing about what All Saints does and why it is there.
The pupils were shown all the different pieces of history inside the building with explanations of what everything is used for at Services and why. They were fascinated to see the earliest records of the congregation dating back to when the church was built in 1917 when Gretna dramatically developed with the building of the massive munitions factory during WWI.
Their visit was part of their researches on a project by the whole of Primary School on the history of Gretna and ended with a quiz where the pupils were allowed time and space to roam inside the church themselves to find the answers. A multi-media presentation of all their hard work will form an exhibition in All Saints Church early in December.
Now, an exhibition created by the pupils on Life in Gretna is open to the public and on display at All Saints. Everyone is welcome to see the work done and learn more about the heritage of Gretna. Remaining opening times: Wednesday, 8th Dec, to Saturday, 11th Dec, 10am-4pm and Sunday, 12th Dec, 1pm-4pm. Free admission.