The weather has hampered our start somewhat – with the first archive session led by Dr John Alban having to be cancelled not once but twice due to snow. We may have had a frustrated start, but the wheels of the community are still turning. I am a great believer in the principle that we have what we need, and if we don’t, we can find it. A community as rich in historic interest and creative potential as the Burnhams can only serve to underline it.

This week one member of our increasingly active Local Planning Group showed his proficient graphic design skills in producing a brochure promoting our Spring events. What he managed in his 30-minute lunchbreak would have taken me a century to complete!

I shall be visiting the village tomorrow to poster them everywhere and increase the wider community’s awareness of the exciting things we are doing, none of which would be possible without similarly brilliant contributions from those who are volunteering their time to make Imagined Land a success.

We are staging two events on the Historic Landscape in April – with both local and national contributors extending our understanding of the development of Burnham Norton and examining the fundamental role that the friary within that community. Both events, organised in partnership with NAHRG [www.nahrg.org.uk] on 14th and 28th April will start at the Burnham Market Village Hall and include talks from experts as well as guided field trips on the land itself.

In May we are kicking off the archaeology programme with a community briefing at the school on the evening of 10th May and the digs themselves taking place less than a fortnight later – so if you want to get muddy, let us know!

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If you would rather stay in the warm until the relative safety of early summer then come to our discovery day at the school on 9th June to see what has been discovered, and how the children of the school have responded.

Then we are gearing up for the creative weeks, again using the contributions of local artists alongside our own commissioned project artists in music, craft and creative writing. It is already shaping up to be a really stimulating fortnight for adults and children alike.

There are more plans – for a Carmelite inspired concert later in the year and perhaps a visit of a senior friar from the modern-day order. As always information about all of this can be found on this site, and I am always contactable on imaginedland1@gmail.com if you want to know more.

So, weather permitting, we march on with some terrific local support. I hope all the arctic winds coming now will mean we will be free of them in September when I and the other artists will be camping in the village in the lead up to the pageant event on Saturday 22nd. That at least should be free of bad weather!