Bedales School is holding a number of celebratory events and activities to mark its foundation 125 years ago in January 1893 by John Haden Badley (see news article).
Message from Headmaster Keith Budge:
“I am looking forward to celebrating the educational vision of John Badley and the distinctive Bedales heritage as part of our 125th anniversary. Since its foundation in 1893, Bedales has innovated, championing a broad arts-rich education with students at its centre. I think that if John Badley visited today, he would recognise his powerful student-centred legacy - an environment that encourages creativity, independent thinking, learning through doing, and tolerance of difference.”
Bedales 125 walk
A centre-piece of the 125th celebrations is an ambitious 125 km five-day expedition for a group of students and teachers. The walkers, including Headmaster Keith Budge, will hike from the site of the old school, Lindfield, to the present site in Steep from Monday 25 - Friday 29 June. This journey, very much in the tradition of John Badley’s early camping expeditions, will incorporate the Sussex Border Path, Monarch's Way and South Downs Way. Old Bedalians and parents are invited to join up with the group for parts of the walk along the route and will be able to track the group’s progress via a web link to a GPS tracker.
Here's a link to the planned route, starting near Lindfield and ending in Steep - the group's position will also be flagged (via GPS tracker) during the walk from 25-29 June. The detailed itinerary is below (please scroll down page).
|Date||Time||Depart||Time||Arrive||Way point||Grid ref||Transport||Distance - cumulative (k)||Distance - leg (k)|
|Mon 25 Jun||08:00||Bedales||09:30||Old Bedales||1||TQ 358 238||Minibus|
|Mon 25 Jun||10:30||Old Bedales||18:00||Youth Hostel Truleigh Hill||12||TQ 220 105||Walk||24.45||24.45|
|Tue 26 Jun||09:00||Youth Hostel Truleigh Hill||17:00||Blakehurst Farm||26||TQ 046 066||Walk||50.49||26.04|
|Wed 27 Jun||08:30||Blakehurst Farm||12:00||A29, Whiteways||33||TQ 002 110||Walk||62.48||11.99|
|Wed 27 Jun||12:30||A29, Whiteways||13:30||Bedales||Minibus|
|Wed 27 Jun||11:00||Bedales||12:00||A29, Whiteways||Minibus|
|Wed 27 Jun||12:00||A29, Whiteways||18:30||Treyford||45||SU 821 179||Walk||84.6||22.12|
|Thu 28 Jun||09:00||Treyford||17:30||West Meon||55||SU 643 241||Walk||112.32||27.72|
|Fri 29 Jun||08:00||West Meon||14:00||Bedales||75||SU 741 252||Walk||127.7||15.38|
Here are two suggested walks where members of the wider Bedales community could join in:
Remember: use the tracker link (will be added here when live) to see the exact location of the walkers.
Walk 1: Tue 26 Jun - either travel by car or train
9am – Meet the group and depart Truleigh Hill Youth Hostel (Tottington Barn, S Downs Way, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5FB) (Shoreham Station 4 miles).
Walk to the A24 South Downs Way crossing (just South of Washington). (Worthing Station 7 miles).
To return, either walk back or get taxi to Shoreham Station.
Walk 2: Thu 28 Jun – car parking available
Start and finish from QE Country Park, A3 South of Petersfield
9am - From the Visitor centre, walk East on South Downs Way to meet up with the walkers heading from Treyford. Meet at approx 10.30am. Turn around and head West with the walkers back to QE Country Park.
Distance: approx 12km
- Concert on 6 February performed by pupils from Bedales, Dunhurst (Bedales Prep) and Dunannie (Bedales Pre-prep) to mark the re-opening of the school’s freshly refurbished Grade 1 listed Arts and Crafts Lupton Hall, built in 1911.
- A number of former students are returning to perform at the school, including musician Delilah Montagu (19 April) and writer, broadcaster and former MP Gyles Brandreth (30 June). The Eckersley Science Lecture was delivered on 17 May by Professor Roger Penrose of Oxford University, expert on general relativity and son of Bedales head girl of 1919.
- Circus comes to Bedales - Film of circus workshops and interviews with members of the community about the school’s distinctive ethos and history, focusing on a performance at the 2017 Community Festival - view below.
A new History timeline has been published on the Bedales website charting the foundation of the school and key milestones in its 125 year history alongside significant national and international events. On 27 January 1893, one 12 year old and two 14 year old boys arrived at Lindfield, near Haywards Heath at a house called Bedales, rented by John Badley. Five years later, in 1898, the first girls joined the school and Mr and Mrs Badley were able to realise their ambition that Bedales should be for girls as well as boys. In 1900, the Badleys moved the school to its current estate in Steep, having purchased Church Farm and the farm house, Steephurst from Jane Balfour for £8,000. Members of the school community are invited to submit additional historical material to provide richer insights to life at the school (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
To mark Bedales 125, Bedales Librarian and Archivist, OB Jane Kirby has created a tapestry using Bedales Jacob wool to represent the lives of the earliest Bedalians in graphic form. Each pupil is represented by two ‘picks’ of weft yarn, to give a solid line of weaving across the tapestry. The width of the tapestry equates to the years 1870-1925. Find out more about the Lifelines project here, and the Bedales community is welcome see the tapestry hanging in the Memorial Library.
Limited edition ‘Bedales 125’ Emma Bridgewater mugs
For further details, visit our Fundraising Shop.