A well attended free Christmas event was held in Honington and Sapiston Village Hall on Sunday 4th December 2016 marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of the poet, Robert Bloomfield. Robert was born in Honington and later worked and lived on a farm in Sapiston. His poetry was highly regarded and his work has been published throughout the world. Village hall Committee Members Sue Jay and Linda Howe obtained a grant to fund the event from the Big Lottery.
The celebration was hosted by Honington and Sapiston Village Hall Committee. Committee members had adorned the hall with fruit, greenery and lanterns , Georgian costumes were worn by the Committee and supporters, live folk music was provided by Bof and a country style meal was served by Ian Patterson Parker and his helpers. This all helped to create an authentic 18th century atmosphere. Villagers sat down to a meal of soup, cold meats, pies, cheeses, pickles, salmon, Christmas puddings and lemon cakes. After dinner entertainment was provided by the Bury Theatre Workshop, who read several of Robert’s poems and told his life story, and Thurston Community College Choir who performed Christmas songs.
The local Camera Group and residents provided pictures showing the villages past and present. Those attending received a commemorative booklet providing background information about Robert Bloomfield, samples of his poems and prints of the two villages in the past. The Chairman, Trevor Jay, gave welcoming and closing addresses. Parish Council Chairman, Rob Williams, gave a thank you for all the committee’s hard work and local resident Giles Smith donated an illustrated verse by Robert Bloomfield. All agreed that it was a suitable and enjoyable way to mark the important anniversary