When you are told by your students on the bus back from Cumbria "That was the best school trip that I have ever experienced!", you know that it was a weekend well spent. Every year, Sidcot School Sixth Form students join other Quaker Schools on a trip called the Fox Trot. Three of our students, George Wayne, Harriet Stanley and Polina Pak, with students from Lisburn Friends School, Leighton Park School, Walden School and Sibford School, retraced the footsteps of the founder of Quakerism, George Fox. We started by hearing about Fox's life by the charismatic speaker Ben Pink Dandelion, Professor of Quaker Studies. We then ascended 557m to reach the top of Pendle Hill, where George Fox had a vision 'of a great people to be gathered'. Perhaps the highlight of the weekend was when each of us stood on the top of George Fox's pulpit, Firbank Fell, (where he had allegedly addressed a thousand people), and delivered a speech on what inspires us. For all, it was quite a daunting thing to do, but immensely liberating. We visited Kendal and the Quaker Tapestry with its 77 panels (and found for our schools in one of them). Some amongst us experienced an hour long meeting for the first time when we joined Swarthmoor Meeting in Ulverston. Indeed it was an amazing weekend, filled with walking, fantastic views, great entertainment, and new friendships: a personally enriching experience for each of us and an awesome start to Quaker Fortnight!
Quaker Overseer & Teacher of Languages
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Photos by C. Potts and P. Pak