Bedales Community Festival raises thousands for charities
Visitors flocked to the Bedales Community Festival last Sunday when the school held its annual celebration of its founder and raised thousands of pounds for local charities.
Highlights of the Festival included performances from The Forgotten Circus – an immersive theatre company, live student music, climbing wall, a petting zoo, bouncy castles and a wide range of other activities run by students. A range of stalls kept visitors entertained, including self-generating smoothie making bicycles and T-shirt printing.
The weekend raised an impressive £3,700 for this year’s beneficiaries: Mencap; the King’s Arms youth project in Petersfield; and the John Badley Foundation, which provides transformational opportunities for young people to benefit from a Bedales education.
The weekend, known as the ‘Badley Celebration Weekend’, is held to celebrate the educational principles of the school’s founder, John Haden Badley. Aside from the festival, students and staff took part in a ‘whole school effort’ reflecting the school motto ‘work of each for weal of all’. Pupils and parents from the three Bedales Schools worked together on a number of outdoor projects including renovating footpaths, planting over 2,000 bulbs, bramble clearing and weeding. Dunhurst pupils and parents also walked from the school up to the Poet’s Stone at Ashford Hangers.
Headmaster Keith Budge said: “The weekend is a fitting reminder of how much can be achieved through a collective effort with so many people from across the school community working so productively together; I am grateful to the many volunteers who made the festival such a great success.”
Programme Manager (Regions) at Mencap, David Fiddament said: “It’s a real privilege to be able to work in partnership with Bedales. The people we support get an enormous amount out of the day and really appreciate the opportunity to try new activities in such a beautiful setting.”
Watch the Badley Weekend 2017 movie, shot by staff and students, below.