THE GREAT OUT­DOORS

Fred and his fam­ily have been made very wel­come in Nor­folk

EDP Norfolk - - Education -

WE MOVED to Bee­ston Hall in Septem­ber last year and ex­pe­ri­enced a glo­ri­ously warm later sum­mer and be­nign au­tumn… dip­ping in the sea, dog-walk­ing in the NT woods be­hind the school – I must be care­ful what I say, lest the staff and par­ents think I am treat­ing this job as a hol­i­day!

Even now though, in deep win­ter, the azure skies and crisp days have by some mar­gin over­shad­owed the gloom and Blue Mon­days that get talked about. Dog-walk­ing on the beach – amid the de­tri­tus of re­cent storm surges – car­ries on, with a few more hats and gloves, and cheery waves to and from fel­low walk­ers which ar­tic­u­lates so well the shared sense of com­mu­nity.

We are all here for the same sorts of rea­sons; it is a glorious place to live. The school­child­ren them­selves spend a large pro­por­tion of their time out­side, whether play­ing or study­ing, en­joy­ing the out­doors as they learn.

One of the real plea­sures of mov­ing to Bee­ston has been the wel­come we have re­ceived ev­ery­where we go, with the early re­join­der be­ing: ‘You are go­ing to love Nor­folk!’ – and that we most cer­tainly do! The joy at be­ing here, whether from time im­memo­rial or hav­ing re­cently moved, is very plain in all these wel­com­ers, since there is a self-con­sciously pos­i­tive de­ci­sion about liv­ing here which ra­di­ates good­will and hospi­tal­ity.

Nowhere has this been more plain than in our re­cent meet­ings with the Bee­ston Regis Par­ish Coun­cil who we are help­ing to cel­e­brate their Di­a­mond Ju­bilee. Our plan­ning, and their em­brac­ing of our chil­dren’s mu­si­cal tal­ents (which we also saw at the Cromer Church Hall re­cently), along­side the Sher­ing­ham Shan­ty­men, means that we will all have a party to re­mem­ber on May 25.

The event is also go­ing to be a spring­board for his­tor­i­cal projects, for both chil­dren and adults, and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment which brings us to­gether in a way that lies at the heart of Bee­ston life. Time to get back to the Nor­folk out­doors!

Fred de Falbe, head­mas­ter at Bee­ston Hall School, West Run­ton bee­ston­hall.co.uk 01263 837324

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