'It’s where both Rowan and Fred took their first steps'
Stuart and Rebecca, Dunham Massey
As police officers, Stuart and Rebecca often find themselves working shifts and struggle to find time together as a family. However, Dunham Massey is their go-to place for precious time together and holds many special memories for them. From their children’s first steps to the encouraging cheers of onlookers as they learn to ride their bikes, Dunham Massey has been the backdrop for many significant family moments, something they hope will continue long into the future.
Finding time for family
Stuart: ‘If you work shifts, fitting in with the rest of the world that works 9 to 5, working at the weekend and working in the night isn’t necessarily difficult, but fitting the rest of your life in is the difficult bit. Trying to squeeze in your family time as well, yeah it’s hard.’
Rebecca: ‘We’re both police officers, we both work shifts and we both work on response.’
Stuart: ‘Quite often it’s one of us here and the other one is at work.’
Rebecca: ‘Life with two children is very hectic.’
Stuart: ‘It’s normally like this.’
Rebecca: ‘Mayhem. We just have to make the most of our rest days and the days we are all off together.'
" Whenever I feel anxious about something or work’s really, really stressful, or the kids have been driving me up the wall, I know that Dunham Massey will bring me right down, and I can just go and forget everything else and just spend time with the kids."
A place to be together
Stuart: ‘It’s where we’ve had both Rowan and Fred take their first steps.’
Rebecca: ‘In that moment we’re not thinking about work or “have we put that washing away?”. We’re thinking about that time and being together and being at Dunham Massey.’
Stuart: ‘We were there with Rowan a few months back when he was learning how to ride his bike without stabilizers.’
Rebecca: 'It’s such a lovely feeling that he’s doing it all by himself, but you’re there to support him. And then there were lots of people walking past and they were going “Come on! Come on! Come on!” It just brings back loads of lovely memories.
There’s a specific tree that goes there and it’s a Katsura tree. We spent some time sitting under that - just me and Fred, just before I went back from maternity leave.
They’re growing up there really.
I can picture myself in years and years’ time with my own grandchildren and Rowan and Fred hopefully taking their children there.'