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A crop of early organic carrots at Old Hall
March 4, 2021

There is a common myth that carrots are good for your eyesight and in particular for night vision. Indeed the RAF pilots were persuaded to eat copious amounts of carrots every day during the early years of the Second World War as were all service personnel. The myth was created,…

A bend in the River Stour in the snowy landscape
February 25, 2021

The river continues to run at a high level with a few days of flooding following a spell of rain. Even relatively small amounts of rainfall propel the river level upwards. Pools of floodwater linger, reluctant to drain away, on the water meadows. The bomb crater, within the water meadow,…

January 29, 2021

  There are indications that the autumnal signs in nature of a harsh winter to come might be born out with the current cold spell we are experiencing. I am writing on the 8th January so perhaps by the time you read this it will be milder again! The frost…

July 30, 2020

We are pleased to announce a joint River Stour Festival and Quay Theatre event. This will be a live-streaming event of The Oak Papers by Dr James Canton of Essex University on Wednesday 9th September at the Quay Theatre, Sudbury at 7pm. This will be a conversation about the book with questions…

July 12, 2020

This blog post comes from SB with her observations of the flora and fauna in her garden on the banks of the River Stour. Lockdown brought an added peace to the river and its wildlife; with restrictions now easing the river again is attracting human visitors.  With the slight easing…

July 9, 2020

 This week has seen England’s first extension to an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in nearly 30 years . The Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB has been expanded by about 38 sq km (14.6 sq miles) – almost a tenth of its size – to include the Stour Estuary,…

May 18, 2020

Due to coronavirus, the country is in lockdown but the countryside in the Stour Valley is full of activity and growth. SB brings us the latest observations from  her beautiful garden on the banks of the River Stour.  May Garden Clippings  The garden has been a great help to us…

April 2, 2020

Our blog post today comes from SB writing about her beautiful garden on the banks of the Stour. Signs of spring are evident, something to cheer us in theses uncertain times. We seem to have several pairs of swans vying for the territory around us. Two pairs live in reasonably…

March 17, 2020

As we are all aware, the government has recently issued guidelines recommending restrictions against unnecessary social interactions and mass gatherings. In line with this advice, the River Stour Festival has cancelled it’s own curated events up until the end of May. We will review as necessary if or when other…

March 17, 2020

Unfortunately, due to recent advice regarding COVID-19 and social distancing, the Stour Surrounding Film Screenings that were due to take place at Clare Castle Country Park on Thursday 19th March and Christchurch Mansion on Wednesday 25th March have now been postponed until further notice.