For generations, friends and families of Bedford School have recognised their loved one’s connections to the school in a number of enduring ways.
The school estate has a varied mix of mature trees, many of which were planted in memory of Old Bedfordians or friends of the school. Their presence has ensured a lasting memory and enhances the overall aesthetics of the estate for each generation to enjoy.
Sport is an important part of the school’s ethos. On an autumnal afternoon or on a sultry summer’s evening there is no better sight than that of the boys playing sport. The many benches positioned around the pitches provide spectators with a welcome place to rest and enjoy the sportsmanship. Many families and individuals have purchased these benches over the years. The inscribed brass plaques on the benches give an opportunity to memorialise a loved one’s fondness of sport, or the school, and provide family members an opportunity to quietly reflect and connect back with an individual.
As part of the refurbishment of the Langham Pavilion in 2011, Bedford School Foundation offered individuals, families and groups/teams the opportunity to sponsor a paving stone with their own bespoke inscription. These stones were laid in front of the pavilion steps. Unfortunately, over the last ten years the paving stones have become heavily worn due to constant footfall and the impact of adverse weather, resulting in many of the inscriptions becoming unreadable. The School has now taken the decision to replicate the inscriptions on individual plaques placed on two large oak boards which will be positioned on either side of the pavilion entrance on the eastern side of the building under the eaves.
This project will allow us to add some additional plaques to the board and we would like to offer our community the opportunity to purchase a plaque either for themselves, family members or to remember a group.
Along with the plaques, we also have the opportunity to name a number of benches and two trees for the estate.
The cost for naming these items is as follows;
Tree – £1,000
Bench – £1,200
Plaque – £250
What will the money raised be used for?
As sports science continues to evolve there is a constant need to ensure that we continue to develop our facilities to remain competitive amongst our peer group.
Any profits raised from these naming opportunities will be used by the school Sports Department for the refurbishment of the Old School Theatre to develop it into a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility, capable of hosting up to twenty-four boys for high quality physical development.
Under the watchful eye of our new Head of Athletic Development the facility will allow teams to train together improving their cohesion, unity and conditioning. The facility will be a fantastic opportunity for the school to show how highly it regards its sporting excellence and is a direct reflection on the desire of students to want to train to better themselves.