Postcard from Barnard Castle School

Rabbi Lionel Blue encouraged listeners in a talk he gave a while ago to return to a place in childhood and simply sit there and have some sandwiches.

From the age of seven, until I left school to go to university, I attended one school, Barnard Castle School. I recently returned again and sat and ate sandwiches. Many memories, many good, a few not so good, came flooding into my mind. In some ways school days seemed long ago, in other ways just as yesterday.

Barnard Castle School
from the school playing fields

Unexpectedly as I looked over the landscape of my school days several of the light hearted moments came back. I remembered the jokes we shared, the tricks we played, and, as we thought, the teachers’ eccentricities.

Here, at school, in part, my vocation was first nurtured. That calling has taken me to very different places from Teesdale, the setting of my school. Nevertheless the landscapes of the school, the memories it gave me remain very much part of me.

As I ate my sandwiches in the company of my family, I was grateful to Rabbi Lionel Blue for his suggestion.

Why not try it yourself? Return to a childhood place and sit there, eat, think and perhaps pray.

Fr Ian

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1 Response to Postcard from Barnard Castle School

  1. Neil Elliott says:

    Really like this idea thanks for sharing it!

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