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March 13, 2020

The River Stour Festival is pleased to be involved in the ‘Day on Place’, part of Essex Book Festival, at Firstiste in Colchester this Sunday (15th March). Unfortunately, due to family ill health, the previously scheduled ‘All at Sea?’ talk by Ken Worpole and Hana Loftus, which was due to…

March 5, 2020

An event especially for businesses in the Stour Valley! A Forum for visitor-focussed businesses in the Stour Valley (Suffolk & Essex) to support growth, partnership and networking opportunities. The forum will take place from 8.30 to 11.30am on Thursday 26th March, at Clare Park Lake Golf Course. Including breakfast and…

March 3, 2020

 In our blog we catch up with SB and her wonderful seasonal notes from her beautiful garden on the River Stour. After January flooding, February sees signs of spring with spring flowers appearing and birds showing nesting activity. January The Christmas decorations have been put away for another year and…

March 2, 2020

It is shaping up to be a busy year in Clare Castle Country Park. Our National Lottery Heritage Fund project is well underway with a new circular bench being installed to stand proudly at the top of our motte [pictured below], our play train being a new family favourite stopping…

February 27, 2020

There are many organisations in the Stour Valley which provide some form of outdoor learning about the special qualities of the Stour Valley to children and young people either as formal or informal education. The Stour Valley Educational Network (SVEN) brings together the organisations involved in the delivery of environmental education and…

February 19, 2020

As part of the ‘Improving the Stour Valley for Visitors’ project, a new film aiming to celebrate the art heritage and artistic activities available in the valley has been made. ‘Stour Surrounding – Artists and the Valley’ is a documentary film that takes a look at artists both past and…

November 13, 2019

If you’re looking to deliver an event within the Colchester Borough area of the Stour Valley (as shown on the above map), then check out the ‘Colchester Creative Events Fund 2020-21’. The Council is making available a total of £20,000 to support creative events taking place in the Borough of…

October 9, 2019

Garden Clippings Autumn and harvest time has arrived in SB’s garden, with mixed yields. Apologies for the late posting of this latest edition of Garden Clippings. I’m afraid there will be very few Victoria plum pies this winter as our tree produced only a handful of plums.  Likewise, the greengage…

August 21, 2019

Our blog post today comes from SB writing about August in her idyllic garden on the banks of the River Stour.  This month she tells us of some breeding successes and some sadder outcomes. I write from our study overlooking the millpond.  Looking out of the window I can see a heron standing on one of the semi-submerged branches of the fallen poplar, peering into the water, using his convenient vantage point to hunt from.  We think…

June 21, 2019

We continue our notes from SB’s beautiful garden on the banks of the River Stour. This month there is drama as a youngster gets separated from its mother on the millpond! The seven cygnets hatched at the end of May after what seems to be a lengthy incubation period although…