As the Connecting Threads project comes to a close in Beachamwell we look back on a year during which we have learned – and shared – a great deal about our local paths. Perhaps just as important has been the impact on community spirit in the village. Thanks to this project we have had the chance to work together, generate ideas, share expertise and learn new skills. The results, as seen at the Beachamwell Walking Weekend, probably surprised us all in terms of the response – not just the numbers of people turning out to walk and visit, but also the amount of praise for the variety and quality of the programme on offer.
Buoyed up by this success we now look to the future, and we are hoping that one of the main legacies of Connecting Threads will be the formation of a Beachamwell Local History Group to follow up the historical research into footpaths, which has thrown up so many other questions to explore. The Wednesday Walkers will continue their monthly rambles and will be adding to the record of wildlife seen in the parish. In the summer we hope to be able to organise some evening walks as well. Also on the cards are workshops on moth and bee identification – inspired by Mark Cocker’s talk, plus some wildlife sessions for young people.
And so the threads continue – connected and unbroken.
Beachamwell Village Hall was the showcase yesterday evening for the achievements of the local Connecting Threads group during the past year, when invited guests gathered to have a first look at the exhibition which is part of the Beachamwell Walking Weekend. On display were old maps, photographs, specially made videos and a record of a year walking the local footpaths. The exhibition also includes memories of older residents and the Connecting Threads quilt, inspired by the Beachamwell countryside. Copies of the new Beachamwell Footpath Map were available to take away.
James Parry (left) with Mark Powell and his illustrated map of Beachamwell footpaths
Chairman of CPRE Norfolk James Parry, officially launching the event, said: ‘I am impressed by both the range and quality of material on view. This sets a high standard for what local voluntary groups can achieve.’
The Walking Weekend continues 5 & 6 April – details via the link at the top of the page.
Some of the group of stitchers have been busy putting the final touches to the Connecting Threads quilt, ready for display at the forthcoming Beachamwell Walking Weekend on
April 5 and 6.
Photo: Eileen Powell
Elsewhere other members of the Beachamwell Connecting Threads Group have been busy making sure that everything is in place for the culmination of this year-long project: walks have been given a final recce; photos printed and framed; and display panels assembled. Copies of the new footpath map leaflet – hot off the press – are stacked up ready for distribution. The refreshment teams are polishing their urns, and sacrifices are being made to the gods of dry weather.
For more details click on the Walking Weekend link at the top of the page.
PS Mark Cocker’s talk on Saturday 5 April is sold out!
One of the features of the Beachamwell Walking Weekend taking place on 5 and 6 April will be an exhibition of photographs of local paths and the surrounding countryside.
Members of the Connecting Threads group in Beachamwell have been capturing the project on camera and the results are now available to view online. The photographs are organised into 10 categories (sets) including wildlife, the seasons, farming and even the ‘Unexpected’! However, because exhibition space is limited, we would like you to help to choose your favourite pictures to make the final set of 20 exhibition prints that will go on show.
Click here to see the photographs: www.flickr.com/photos/ctbeachamwell/sets
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- Voting ends 9 March