Earl of Wessex visits Norfolk's Horstead Centre
2014 - HRH The Earl of Wessex has begun a day-long visit to the Diocese of Norwich, visiting three locations across Norfolk which highlight the key educational role of the Diocese.
The Earl arrived at the first destination, the Horstead Centre, at around 11am. It is an outdoor pursuits centre in North Norfolk offering activity days and residentials for schools and youth groups. Here the Earl will learn about the history, ethos and aims of the centre, have a tour of the venue, meet the staff, and see activities taking place (such as climbing wall, zipwire, bushcraft and archery) with children staying at the centre.
His Royal Highness met the High Sheriff of Norfolk, Lady Philippa Dannatt, Chairman of Broadland District Council, Tony Adams, the Lord Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, the Chair of Trustees, Christopher Lawrence and Horstead Centre Manager Josie Barnett.
Chair of Trustees, Chris Lawrence, said: “I am absolutely thrilled by this royal visit as it recognises The Horstead Centre’s unique contribution to education in the Diocese and reinforces the aspiration to ensure that every young person receives a distinctive and unique experience. With the royal visit we have an even higher and clearer profile as part of the Diocesan structure so we can move forward with greater confidence to implement our expansion plans so that more children and young people can experience what The Horstead Centre has to offer.”
Centre Manager, Josie Barnett, said: “With almost 5000 young visitors to the Centre this year we have made a valuable contribution to outdoor education across the Diocese. Through simple but effective programmes we support schools in their delivery of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural agendas.
“HRH The Earl of Wessex will have a glimpse into these programmes on his visit as both resident and activity day groups engage in Bushcraft, Wild Camp Cooking, Climbing, Archery and a range of Team Building Challenges. Engaging with nature and living simply with a greater sense of self is at the heart of the work of the Centre, and programmes embody this spiritual dimension that helps young people to make sense of their world and lead happier more fulfilled lives.”
Pictured above, Prince Edward meets children at the Horstead Centre.
Pictures courtesy of www.dioceseofnorwich.org