The Forest was - and still is- divided into compartments and a 'Beat' was made up of several of these. There were eighteen beats in the Forest and a Beat Forester was in charge of each with responsibility for the trees and for the gangs of forest workers.
Each beat had it's own office. The High Lodge beat office was in one of the larger huts left from the Labour Camp in the 1930s, chosen because it was divided into a series of rooms and there was a fireplace to provide much-needed warmth in winter.
Some of the other huts were used as a hostel for forestry workers, one was donated to Santon Downham village for use as the village hall.
Dad's Army was a much-loved BBC sitcom - written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft- which ran from 1968 to 1977. It featured the exploits of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard led by the pompous Captain Mainwaring (pronounced 'Mannering'). Each episode featured the platoon attempting to protect England from German invasion and becoming involved in some hilarious adventures.