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Honington and Sapiston River History Walk

From river rafts to Robert Bloomfield, participants discovered the rich heritage of Honington and Sapiston at our guided River History Walk.

Honington and Sapiston River History Walk

Last week, BFER volunteers led a guided heritage walk around the riversides of Honington and Sapiston.

BFER Tales from the River and Healing Waters project lead Imogen Radford, and fellow BFER volunteers led a fascinating walk as part of the 2024 Suffolk Walking Festival.

After a bout of wonderfully warm May sunshine, the weather was unfortunately not on side and the walk was very wet! However, this did not stop the group from having an enjoyable outing to discover the rich heritage of the area.

The circular walk explored the areas around the river (Black Bourn). This included the birth place of poet Robert Bloomfield, and popular historical spots for river recreation. Through the BFER project Tales from the River, memories from local residents have been captured in oral history interviews. During the walk, Imogen and the volunteers read aloud extracts from these interviews,  sharing local memories of river recreation.

The group visited All Saints Church which has a millennium window by artist Pippa Blackall, and has a plaque to Robert Bloomfield. Volunteer Rosie read extracts of Bloomfield’s poetry, giving a great flavour of his work.

Find out more about the Honington and Sapiston River History Walk, including links to images, handouts and other resource HERE.

A group of people sitting inside a church listening to someone reading aloud.