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  • Hawthorn’s Festival of Blossom by RB

    The Japanese have a name for it… hanami. It refers to the custom of celebrating the beauty of blossom flowers every spring, typically of cherry and plum trees. It is a festival taken seriously in the Land of the Rising…

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  • Nobles – Lordly and Financial

    The history of the Sudbury Common Lands is a long and interesting one. Its early history is associated with members of the nobility who were among the most powerful in the land and often descended from or closely related to…

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  • Migrant Birds on International Travel by RB

    While in the human world international travel is all but suspended, in the kingdom of the birds, species are arriving in Sudbury after journeys of thousands of miles. The compulsion to take off on epic journeys across seas, mountains and…

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  • Ascension Day in Sudbury, Suffolk: Four Centuries of Gift Giving

    This month (May) there is history in the making as the ancient ‘Mother’ body of the Sudbury Common Lands Charity marks four hundred years of Ascension Day gift giving. The Ascension Day Gifts ceremony is, arguably, the most important of…

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  • Responsibility for our Environment by RB

    All around on the water meadows there are signs that we have made it through what has felt like a very long winter. It is there in the blackthorn’s frothy white blossom, which appears slightly before its leaves; in the…

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  • St Leonard’s Hospital and the Sudbury Common Lands

    This month’s news looks at more history connected with the Sudbury riverside. Old maps refer to the site of St Leonard’s Hospital on the other side of the Melford road from North Meadow Common. This was established on 1st May…

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  • The song flight of the skylark is poetry in motion – by RB

    The rising flight and song of the skylark is one of the most thrilling wildlife displays you can hope to see in the countryside around Sudbury. Just beyond the Valley Walk in the fields towards Borley and Bulmer, I have…

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  • Ancient Charter Sealed Richard De Clare

    Sudbury can be proud of its riverside heritage in the Sudbury Common Lands because they have an almost unrivalled historical pedigree in England. Although their formation as grazing lands is now lost in the mists of antiquity, we do have…

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  • Non-native Wildlife Makes a Home in Sudbury by RB

    Our riverside teems with species that originate overseas. It should have been a heart-warming encounter.  Walking down Quay Lane I stopped to watch a grey squirrel as it scampered along the telephone wires overhead, using its feathery tail to balance…

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  • Spring is on the Way

    This year winter has lived up to expectations and has been more reminiscent of winters of this writer’s youth. It has been wet, windy, chilly and, so far, we have seen snow in December and January even if it did…

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