THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Fred and his family have been made very welcome in Norfolk
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