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LOCAL NEWS

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LOCAL NEWS

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Community unearth medieval finds at Abbey dig A community archaeological dig in part of the former Abbey of St Edmund has unearthed a medieval ring and pottery. The dig which took place over two days, saw 32 members of the public aid an archaeological excavation of the former Eastgate Nurseries across the River Lark from the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. The site will accommodate new tennis courts, picnic area, the town’s fire beacon and link paths providing easier routes between Ram Meadow and No Mans Meadow. It is the first community archaeology to take place at the site since the formation of the Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership in 2016, a partnership that is led by St Edmundsbury Cathedral and West Suffolk Council in collaboration with nearly 20 other local and regional public, private and voluntary organisations. Archaeological investigations showed that the river terrace was extensively quarried, from around the 12th century for the sand and gravels that were probably used in the construction of the stone buildings in the Abbey. The dig also found animal bones and traces of clay lined pits as evidence of a tannery that was on the site close to the Abbots Bridge. The Rev Canon Matthew Vernon, Chair of the Heritage Partnership said: “The Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership is keen, whenever it can, to invite local residents and visitors to get involved in this work to help develop a better understanding of the significance of the

Abbey of St Edmund area. “We are already looking at how best to engage the local and wider community in some of the archaeological investigations that could take place within the area over the next few years. “On this occasion, there was an opportunity for a limited number of people to take part in a supervised community archaeological dig. This was on the site of what will become the new tennis courts and a new picnic area at the former Eastgate Nurseries adjoining the Abbey Gardens. We look forward to sharing the findings of these archaeological investigations more fully in due course.” Cllr Joanna Rayner, West Suffolk Council, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture said: “What is great, is the sense of renewed interest not just in St Edmund but also the Abbey of St Edmund, of which the Abbey Gardens is just a part. The archaeological investigations could add more to our understanding of this wonderful heritage area which has great national and international significance. We look forward to engaging people in its story in new and exciting ways when, as a community, we share celebrating 1000 years of the Abbey in 2020.” The Heritage Partnership, relies on the time and effort of volunteers, and we are looking for more people to offer their skills and expertise. Anyone who can offer assistance should e-mail:

lorna.heritage@protonmail.com


HOME + LIFESTYLE

SCHOOL TRIP M

onths of anticipation. Weeks of planning. Days of packing. The excitement is at fever pitch… and that’s just the parents! Yes, the long awaited school residential trip is upon us at last. Back in the day, the only school outing we got at primary school was a daytrip to Easton Farm Park or Framlingham Castle. Which to be fair, were both wildly exciting. However, nowadays it seems expectations are higher and the last few weeks of primary school must consist of at least one residential adventure. There’s a couple of things about this that stand out to me. Firstly, the teachers. Wow, I mean, just wow! Taking 60 over excited 11 year olds away is a noble and selfless undertaking worthy of some sort of medal. I used to coach half a dozen of them at football training once 68 | JULY 2019

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a week, and I needed some ibuprofen and lie down after just an hour. Secondly, the children. How exciting must this be for them? For many the first time away from home, with friends, and nonstop outdoor activities. It’s almost like a dream. If there were any nerves, my son didn’t show them. I think the eagerness to try raft building, kayaking, abseiling etc.. far outweighed any trepidation of being away from home. Packing started in earnest a couple of weeks ago. At least the lists did. Ensuring favourite clothes were washed and ready, sourcing every item of the essential kit list provided. The end result was a suitcase the size of the child. Still, we were confident it contained all required, plus plenty of spares.

On the morning of departure, my son confidently dragged his 40kg, child sized suitcase to school. His little sisters insisted on big hugs and even snuck in a couple of kisses, which to his credit he tolerated, then he was off. A pat on the back and a final reminder to ‘be good’, was all he got (or wanted) from me. As I left the school gates, I noted a tearful parent. Initially I wondered what on earth was wrong. Had they just received some bad news? Perhaps they had stubbed their toe on the kerb? Then suddenly I understood. This is the emotional goodbye. I was pretty emotional too as it happened. As I walked home with enthusiastic children’s laughter in the air, I couldn’t help but chuckle myself, with a grin like a Cheshire cat. Yeah, I’ll miss the lad for sure, but I think I’ll cope.


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