CHILDREN got the chance to use their artistic skills to contribute to re-creating Narnia at Dorchester Abbey.
Pupils at the Abbey Woods Academy in Berinsfield spent an afternoon creating a huge lion’s head, which will represent the character Aslan from The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe – the most famous book of the seven-strong fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, by CS Lewis.
Margaret Craig, the education officer at Dorchester Abbey, visited the classroom where she was joined by teachers, volunteers and the Bishop of Dorchester, the Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, for the afternoon craft-session.
“The lion symbolises empowerment.”
“The lion symbolises empowerment,” said Margaret, explaining how she could show the children how to think of the lion as a sign of strength and resilience.
She had chosen a school in the village because it is named Beren, which is the old name for Birinus. St Birinus was the first Bishop of Dorchester. The word’ ‘field’ was added because the site was a US airfield in the Second World War. St Birinus is celebrated at Dorchester Abbey, where there is a shrine dedicated to him in the south aisle.