Prince Edward has accepted an invitation to visit Norfolk on Thursday 13th November where he will get the chance to see just what is happening in education in the region. The Prince was invited by the Bishop of Norwich, Rt Revd Graham James, on behalf of the Diocese of Norwich.
The trip to Norwich will see the Earl of Wessex stop off at three different venues, the first being the Horstead Centre. Horstead teaches outdoor pursuits in the Norfolk region whilst also offering day and residential trips to schools and youth groups though on Edward’s visit, he will hear about the history, ethos and aims of the centre. Prince Edward will also receive a guided tour of the centre as well as getting the chance to meet some of the children and staff at the centre, who will be taking part in some of the activities it has to offer including archery, wall climbing and zipwire.
The second port of call for Edward will be Little Plumstead Church of England VA School where he will be introduced to school governors as well as staff. Whilst at the school Edward will also meet the Diocese of Norwich’s director of education, Andy Mash, who will discuss with the Prince the work serving and supporting more than 100 schools and academies. The school will also treat Edward to a special assembly where he will get a chance to place an object in to a time capsule, along with every class in the school.
From the school, Edward will move to a building that has over 900 years worth of history, Norwich Cathedral. As well as being the largest building in East Anglia, the Cathedral is also the largest cathedral close and monastic cloister in England. Upon his arrival to the Cathedral, Prince Edward will be greeted by the Dean of Norwich, the Very Rev Dr Jane Hedges, who will accompany him on a tour of the Cathedral where they will get a moment to pause at a plaque which marks the visit of Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip to the Cathedral in 2010.
His time at the Cathedral will also see the Earl of Wessex hear the choir; visit the library and meet with the Cathedral’s Head of Schools and Family Learning, Janet Marshall, who will show Edward just how children are getting on in their education programme at the Cathedral.
It appears that the Norfolk region is a firm favourite of the Earl of Wessex, only recently was he President of this year’s Royal Norfolk Show which he and The Countess of Wessex both attended.