A Moving Tapestry of Suffolk

beyton, dean parkin, Fressingfield, Photography, Video, Wingfield

Thanks so much to everyone who submitted videos and images for the video tapestry. I had a fun time piecing everything together and found lots of common themes between what people are observing at the moment – celebrations of your beautiful Suffolk surroundings with its ancient architecture, flowers in full bloom and buzzing with wildlife, evoking memories of people and events from times past.
A poem created as part of Dean Parkin’s writing activity (and kindly recorded by Dean for this video) is layered over footage of the Fressingfield Church grounds. Gloria in Beyton submitted a wonderful sketch of her house which we hear her describe. Memories of time spent growing up in Wingfield are layered over abstract footage of a family walk. We see and hear bees swarming around a poppy bed.
Hopefully you enjoy watching, and, if you’re not lucky enough to live in this environment, that it might briefly transport you there for a moment!
Lewis Wickwar

Suffolk Day 2020

dean parkin, Jac Campbell, Photography, Poetry, writing/conversation starter

Sunday 21st June is Suffolk Day and here’s a way to celebrate something, perhaps a little quirky and overlooked, about our county.

Picture a Suffolk scene in your mind. It could be a landscape you know well or a building you love or something you overheard in the street. This could be at a favourite time of year or particular time of day.

You’re ready now to write your Suffolk Cando, the local version of a ‘limerick’ or ‘haiku’.

Dunt yew wurry, any ol’one ‘cando’ it.

A Suffolk Cando usually has four lines. It can rhyme here and there, if you want.

One line is usually a question and thas roight nice if you get a bit of Suffolk in, y’know talk proper.


The title is the name of the scene and here’s some other things you could include (in any order).

1. First thing you notice.

E.g. Early spring / pheasants in the garden

2. Something you know about the place.

E.g. We’ve had no rain / you should go there sit down sit still

3. What’s going on in the scene.

E.g. Everything budding /a pheasant that perches high

4. A question.

E.g. How did it get so green? Is there anywhere more peaceful?

5. When you’ve got your poem together think about what you might choose to write it on.

We’ve had a rummage in the shed and found some unusual objects that in some cases fit the words quite well. The bike saddle was just asking to be transformed into a bird head and I couldn’t resist using the soil on the wheelbarrow as part of the design.

On the other hand you could just find a piece of old wood or cardboard and write up your poem in an eye-catching way. You might also find some old cans of household paint that work a treat on most surfaces. Otherwise acrylics, felt tips, marker pens and chalk will do the job.

6. Final step … display your poem outside your house or in your window where passers-by can enjoy it on Suffolk Day. Maybe it can go next to an NHS rainbow or on the doorstep or hedge.

PLEASE take a photo and share it with us via the contact details below. You can also share them on Twitter @suffolkday @Suffolk_Artlink and #SuffolkDay