A Moving Tapestry of Suffolk

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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

The Field Beyond

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Lindsay has lived in Beyton for 39 years and moved there from Lincolnshire. She got a job in the nearby middle school while her husband, Andy, still works as a landscape gardener. This is where they brought up their three boys and have always been involved in village life.

What does she think of when she thinks of Beyton? Lindsay replied, “Peace and comfort, trees and birds and bird song. We also have lots of pheasants and we’ve got one in our garden that perches on some high place and preens himself every day. We call him Henry because he has six wives.”

When asked to describe a favourite place in Beyton, Lindsay told me about her daily walk at the moment, with her two dogs, to Chevins Wood. “Beyton is at its best in the spring,” she explained, “and at the moment the village green is fabulous, all the cherry blossom is different shades of pink and white and the bluebells are out in Chevins Wood. It’s a special place.” 


We go for a walk in the afternoon, half two-ish.

I wear comfortable clothes, turquoise t-shirt 

leafy patterned trousers and trainers.


I’m with my two labradors. Bear is the yellow one

and Tula is black. They’re wagging their tails,

it’s spring. Bear is older now


so I haven’t been going as far. They get on 

but he wasn’t keen when Tula first arrived. 

As a puppy she was always bothering him.


Near our house there’s a row of lime trees

with their skeletons branches but you can see 

the green coming through.


Everything about Beyton is geared for spring 

and the new leaves coming out. On the village sign 

there are geese and daffodils.


It’s hard to take a photo of Tula, black and glossy,

even her eyes disappear. She’s a silhouette. 

Bear is a gentleman, he will always wait


for her to eat first or he’ll stand back for you

to go through a gate. He’s very concerned 

if anybody’s not feeling well.


You’re not meant to go into Chevins Wood.

It’s private but you can walk along the edge

where I love the fragrance of the bluebells. 


I stand there and sniff. Because no-one’s about

they’re saying the birds are singing in places

they’ve never sung before. In the field beyond


there are so many poplar trees 

and when they’re in leaf and it’s windy 

it’s like they’re clapping, sort of rejoicing.


Lindsay with Dean Parkin

A Picture of Where You Live: a writing and conversation starter by Dean Parkin


Think of a picture of you in your village. It could be a real photograph or somewhere you know well, where you see yourself. It could be a footpath where you like walking, a shop you know or remember, or the road you think of as home. You might think of it at a particular time of day or a favourite time of the year. Here are six questions about the place you have in mind. You could either write down the answers to each question (make them a sentence rather than one word) or phone a friend in the village and ask them these questions about their favourite place…

1) Where are you & when?

Are you walking up the hill to your house? Are you wandering down the footpath with your dog? Are you cycling to the shop to post a letter?

2) What you look like?

 What are you wearing? What’s the expression on your face?

3) What’s around you?

Are there apple trees or do you stop and pick some blackberries?

4) A particular colour that you notice?

What colours do you see? The green front door at no.4? The yellow of the fields down the lane? The red nose of Mr Beamish walking his Labrador?

5) Describe a noise that you usually would hear in this place?

The blackbirds busy chattering away? The wind clanking a gate? The sound of children in the playground at the school?

The dog pulls at the lead when it sees your neighbour’s cat on the fence? You hurry home with your Bakewell tarts to put the kettle on? Or you forget to post the letter and have to go back to the postbox?

6) What happens next?

If you use these questions as a conversation starter, perhaps it will lead you to other discussions about your village.