Paris has lived in the village for 12 years and agrees that Beyton is at its beautiful best in the spring. She also says there’s such a lovely community spirit around the place. Paris says, ‘I walk everyday across the fields and one of my neighbours has a tractor and he mowed all the pathways. Beyton is the sort of place where someone’s good enough to spend the time to clear a path!’
But it was a particular area of the village green – where three blossoming trees are located – that Paris kept coming back to during the creative conversation. The photo above shows the scene but NOT in spring – you’ll have to read the poem and imagine those trees in full bloom…
THREE TREES AND OTHER FRIENDS
Our seat is near to what used to be
the old bus shelter, where
there are three blossom trees,
a dark red, a pink and a white
and they all come out together.
On Thursday nights everyone
has been congregating
by the trees near the shelter
and clapping for the NHS.
You know everybody
who lives on the green, their houses
mostly colour-washed white.
The village shop on the corner
is now Hope House and Holly Cottage
and opposite the school house,
Sideways Cottage. They can’t see
out of their windows at the moment.
All one side, from roof
to ground, is a mass of wisteria.
Before the shutdown I’d always walk
with Beryl, my neighbour.
She’s 87 and I’m 80 last year.
We’d walk together every day
and normally, we’d end up
sitting on our seat. Usually
someone goes by, walking a dog
or posting a letter. They stop
and chat, and as the trees umbrella over
we put the world to rights.
Paris with Dean Parkin