Bedales hosts fun day for local children

By Graham Banks, Head of Outreach

Bedales hosted a fun day for local charity Home Start Butser last Sunday with 100+ guests including 50+ children under eight. Student volunteers created a crèche area while others supervised swimming and organised ball games. The most popular activity for our little visitors was being taken for a walk to see sheep, alpacas, horses and Al McConville’s pigs. The weather prevented the promised barbecue by the pool, but a beautifully presented lunch was laid on indoors and nobody seemed to mind. I have never before seen small children eat such huge bowls of strawberries and then go back for more. It brightened after lunch and all ended in sunshine with a game of rounders. A lot of children went home happy and over 20 Bedalians can take pride in their contribution to a special day. Nicola Winter of Home Start Butser wrote to us saying ‘parents felt their children were really cared for and looked after and given special attention.’ View photos.


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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