My sympathies to the teachers and pupils of schools such as Emmbrook Infant School and Bearwood Primary School, in Berkshire.
Over the past few years, in order to stimulate the children's interest in history, the schools have staged a mini Great Fire of London to mark the end or the regular "1666 Fire Project".
Up until recently, the fire brigade have happily sent along an engine in case of mishaps.
Unfortunately, recently the heads of the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) sent letters to headteachers in schools across the county asking them to "reconsider" the activity.
"On occasion our crews are asked to attend in case something goes wrong.
This is not an appropriate use of our resources....
children may go on to explore fire and ignition items without the knowledge and guidance of their teacher or carers".
Sadly, in view of this, the mini Great Fire of London has been stopped.
I can, in theory, see what the fire brigade mean.
However, I well remember as a sprog local services such as police, ambulance and fire engines popping into schools with their vehicles et al and talking to the kids. This was part of a general education to teach us about the real world, how it functions and to bring us into contact with people who we were taught we should respect etc.
It seems to me that in these days, where ambulance crews, firecrews, police etc are pelted with bricks by certain feral elements, any opportunity to try to connect with the majority of decent kids would be welcomed by the fireservce et al.
By the way, the alternative project end is now a treasure hunt for "Samuel Pepys' cheese and wine".
I like it, but I can hear Nanny sternly admonishing the teachers that cheese is bad for you and children should not be allowed near booze.
No wonder some kids resort to being feral, they are bored out of their brains.
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