As the second week of our Summer School comes to an end there is mounting worry about next year. Concerned attendees are fretting as to whether next year is going to happen – despite saying it most certainly will on several occasions. The worry stems from the fact that the doyen of Summer School, Roger Priest, is stepping down after over 30 years at the helm. Roger started the concept whilst at Taunton School but relocated it to Dillington about 10 years ago. The weeks are a veritable miscellany of courses, trips out, talks and performances. Food plays a big part, of course, and a good time is generally had by all.
Of course, Summer School will continue under ‘new management’ with myself and Chris Pollard running the show. The formulae will continue – tweaked a bit here and there – and many of the popular elements will continue as previously. Naturally, we are planning some exciting new developments which will add some new vigour to the weeks but these ideas are under wraps for the time being.
So, it’s a big thank you and adieu to dear Roger. He won’t be disappearing from the Dillington programme quite yet but it is goodbye from Summer School. The cumulative impact of Roger’s achievement is immeasurable and he will be a hard act to follow but follow we most certainly will.