Next term’s social events for parents are now ready to book. We hope that there will be something here that will tempt you to come along, whether it is a private tour and tasting of the award winning wines at The Grange, Hampshire, a return of the fabulous Christmas Supper at the Polish Club or a private screening of the enchanting Romantic Road with Rupert and Jan Grey. Please do have a look at what we have in store for you next term and book your places at email@example.com.
Thursday 19 September – Private Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting at The Grange, followed by supper at The Woolpack
The Grange Estate has been in the Baring family for over 200 years. It is well known for its iconic annual Opera festival in a stunning neoclassical building set on sweeping lawns above a glittering lake. More recently however their wines have been making the headlines. Zam Baring and his three siblings (three old Bedalians between them) have planted fifty two thousand vines in ten and a half hectares outside Itchen Abbas and are making award winning sparkling wine. Their very first wine, the 2014 PINK , was awarded 91 points and a Silver Medal in the 2019 International Wine Challenge and also won Silver in the 2019 Sommelier Wine Awards.
Join us as Zam takes us through the story of The Grange, Hampshire wines via a private tour of the vineyard, Burge’s Field, followed by a bespoke wine tasting at The Grange. Supper at The Woolpack, Totford will end the evening. The Woolpack is well known locally for using the finest local ingredients and its delicious seasonal menus.
Venue: The Grange, Hampshire, and The Woolpack, Totford
Timing: We will meet at the vineyard at 6pm. Following the vineyard tour we will drive to The Grange for a wine tasting and then on to The Woolpack, five minutes by car, for a delicious two course supper.
Price: Tour and wine tasting: £20. Supper: £30 for a three-course menu, not including drinks
Monday 30 September – Private tour of Old Bedalian Ivon Hitchens' exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, followed by lunch
Ivon Hitchens (1893 - 1979) was educated at Bedales, in fact four generations of the Hitchens family have gone to Bedales. Ivon Hitchens is one of Britain’s most admired modern artists, much loved for his landscape paintings featuring swathes of bright colour, often painted in the open air in the countryside not far from Bedales. A progressive artist in the 1920s and 1930s, he was part of the Seven and Five Society alongside Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. This remarkable exhibition at Pallant House considers the entire scope of his remarkable career, spanning six decades.
Pallant House is closed to the public on Mondays but have kindly offered Bedales parents an exclusive opportunity to join them for a behind the scenes tour of the house, its various galleries and of course the Ivon Hitchens exhibition followed by a talk about the life and works of Ivon Hitchens. We will end with a light lunch in the gallery’s restaurant
Venue: Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Sunday 6 October – Block 5 Parents' Supper in the Dining Room
Magnus and Camilla would like to invite all parents of Block 5 students to a supper on Sunday 6 October at 7pm in the Bedales dining room. This ‘all year group’ supper is being held on a Sunday night in the hope that we can entice as many of you as possible to come along – perhaps those of you with boarders might decide to drive your children back to school that evening. It would be lovely if you can join us: it will be a good opportunity to meet the parents of your children’s friends and, if the Block 3 parents’ supper is anything to go by, it promises to be a fun evening. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 23 September.
Venue: Bedales Dining Room
Friday 18 October – Private screening of Romantic Road with introduction and Q&A by Rupert and Jan Grey
Rupert and Jan Grey are well known to Bedales. Their three daughters were students here and the youngest, Carmody, also taught philosophy at Bedales for some years. They are an inspiring couple who have combined successful careers in law, photography and the probation service with family expeditions to remote parts of the world including the heart of Borneo, the high Pamirs, the Arctic tundra and the great mangrove swamps by the Bay of Bengal.
Romantic Road is a film of their latest adventure and produced by Sharon Stone. We join Rupert and Jan motoring across rural India in their battered 1936 Rolls Royce, falling into company with tea-wallahs and maharajahs, dodging tribal conflicts and battling with border-officials to get to a photography and human rights festival in Bangladesh.
Pease join us for a special screening of ‘Romantic Road’ introduced by Rupert Grey and followed by a question and answer session with him and Jan about the making of the film. Generously, the Greys have asked that all proceeds go towards the John Badley Foundation.
Venue: Lupton Hall
Price: £16, to include drinks and Indian snacks
Thursday 28 November – Parents' Christmas Supper at The Polish Club, London
It’s back! After the success of last year’s event, we are returning to The Polish Club for a very special evening to which parents from all three Bedales schools are warmly invited. The Ballroom of the Polish Club will be transformed as some of Bedales’ best musicians provide a wonderful musical backdrop whilst you enjoy an evening of delicious food, wine, friendships (new and old) and laughter.
The evening will start with cocktails from 7pm followed by a delicious three course dinner and some entertainment thrown in by some of our talented students. There may even be an early Christmas present too… We hope the timing allows those of you coming from outside London to get trains home in good time and for others wishing to prolong the evening to visit the Club’s excellent bar after dinner. Please RSVP to email@example.com by 1 November.
Venue: The Polish Club, London
Timing: From 7pm
Price: £50 per person, to include drinks and supper
Friday 6 December – Christmas Wreath Workshop with Hector and the Fox
The final parents’ social event for the Autumn term allows you not to only enjoy a morning at the magical home of Hector and the Fox but also leave with your very own stunning Christmas wreath with which to impress friends and family over the Christmas season. And all in time to collect your children from school at the end of term. You can’t say we don’t try!
Hector and the Fox are based at their beautiful, historic home in Stedham, a twenty minute drive from Bedales in the heart of stunning West Sussex. They are well known locally for their originality, flair and knack of putting nature at the centre of life whether it is in the kitchen cooking delicious seasonal food or using nature to transform their home into an oasis of beauty and style.
Venue: Hector and the Fox, Stedham