The Marsh Demons of Iken came to Orford Church on July 9th

Posted on March 24, 2021

The planned collaboration between Rust and Stardust and Orford and Bawdsey Primary Schools was delayed by the COVID pandemic since last April but Eleanor, Katie and Martin from Rust and Stardust and the Orford school staff worked hard with years 4, 5 and 6 for a week in July to produce outstanding performances of The Marsh Demons of Iken in Orford Church on Friday 9th July. Unfortunately, the Covid guidelines dictated that we were not able to mix school bubbles, so we were without the children from Bawdsey School.

We were obviously restricted this year with the government COVID guidelines, but the seating was laid out to the guidelines and cleaned down before and between each performance and the audience was asked to keep their masks on during their time in the church.

Both main doors remained open during the performance to allow for air movement, with the south door designated as the entrance and the north door as the exit and wheelchair access. Unfortunately, we had to abandon the provision of refreshments, but as the show only lasted about 90 minutes, everyone coped without their usual cake and tea or something stronger.

A socially distanced, appreciative audience of 56 enjoyed the enthusiastic acting by the children and the professional actors, presenting the story of the mysterious Yarn Hill where Botolph reputedly drove away the ghosts and marsh demons in order to build his minster. It was eventually completed on the site of the historic church at Iken which still bears his name, and you can see St Botolph’s stone cross which is on display in that church.

The children’s play finished with the cast building a replica of the cross in Orford Church.

Comments as people were leaving included:

“Amazing seeing the actors use the whole of the church so effectively. My favourite memory is of the children when they mimicked bird flight, it really felt like air rushing past wings. Lots of special moments, and a great opportunity for Orford kids and great use of the church”.

“Spine tingling to hear the 20 children’s voices singing out from the choir stalls and continuing menacingly as they marched down the aisle as the mob of Marsh Demons”.

“Heartening to see the older children helping and encouraging the younger and less confident ones”.

The costs of this event were covered by an Arts Council grant plus a generous contribution from a charitable benefactor and programme sponsorship so that all ticket proceeds and donations went to the Thomas Marshall Education Fund to help fund their work supporting the young people of Mozambique to enable them to make a sustainable living and support their communities.

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Local artist writes to The Times

Posted on February 2, 2021

To The Editor 

        I must congratulate Libby Purves on her volunteering to help with the vaccination process in East Suffolk. Were I able to do likewise I would have been there too, but my wife and I have been in lockdown in perpetuity since January of 2020, as she is of the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable sisterhood, and I am her carer.

        In fact, I was surprised when, as an octogenarian, I was vaccinated ahead of her by several weeks, but that decision rests with our local Peninsula Practice in Aldeburgh, Alderton and Orford, in whom we both have absolute trust and praise for what they do for us.

        What Libby didn’t mention was the vile harassment, both verbal as well as notes stuffed through letterboxes, that the various Peninsula offices and staff received from some incandescent locals, especially in Aldeburgh, who didn’t like the way the roll out was being processed.

        Luckily, the wonderful Doctor in charge of the Practice stepped in and order was restored. However, the actions of a few have shamed us all.

As someone who lived in the U.S. for decades where you hand your credit card to the ambulance driver lest he leave you lying there as probable roadkill, why is it that locals here complain about free medical help, such as vaccine service, is something I will never understand.

Yours Sincerely 

Jeremy Rugge-Price

Munday’s Lane

Orford

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