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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

early 1960s Pat Edwards, North Harrow - FSC Dale Fort

My first contact with the Field Studies Council was back in the early 1960s. I was on holiday in Pembrokeshire and joined a group who were exploring one of the beaches near Dale.

John Barrett was leading the group and welcomed anyone to join him on a walk.  He set out striding ahead of the straggling line of adults and children soon he was a good 50 yards ahead. When we caught up with him he was sitting on his shooting stick with a broad grin on his face.  Not far away some dogs were sizing each other up.  John said ‘I think there’s going to be a dog fight.’ We all stopped in amazement at his sudden distraction from the walk.  I can’t remember whether the fight took place, probably not.  A few years later I returned to teach in Pembroke for 25 years and since leaving the area in 1992 I have spent many marvellous days at Dale Fort and other Centres around the UK.

I wish you all many congratulations on your Jubilee, I hope you celebrations go well and here’s to the next 70 years. Thank you for all the great courses and most ‘interesting’ people and places I have been privileged to meet.