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Beyton Country Fair

In Beyton, suffolk on June 24, 2009 at 8:25 pm





Last Saturday we ventured over to Beyton Country Fair. Beyton is a small village about 5 miles East of Bury St Edmunds and always holds a good country fair.

There is all the usual attractions such as vintage cars, stalls selling plants and bric a brac and a marque where the judging of the entries for cakes flower arranging and photography is held.

Although it rained just as the fair opened at 2 pm it soon stopped and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.I picked up a couple of books from a stall including an autiobiography of david Gower for the princely sum of 30p.

We then had a nice beer a local one from Brandon called Old Rodney. followed by an ice cream. I then got an important job holding the finishing tape for the childrens egg and spoon race.

Beyton Country Fair

In Beyton, fair, vintage bikes, vintage cars on June 9, 2007 at 10:09 pm


Beyton is a lovely village with a large central green which is ideal for a country fair especially on a warm sunny day. In 1978 Beyton was successful in getting the old A45 between Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich diverted away from the village.

Saturday afternoon rather than waste time in doors or doing gardening we decided to visit Beyton Country Fair.

A very traditional fair with something for everyone to enjoy.
I know nothing about cars and motorbikes but there was some well cared for vintage machinery on display. Like all good village fairs there in the marquee was a number of competitions for the best cake, flower arranging,photography and preserves.

There were a number of children’s races including the egg and spoon.
I didn’t quite get what appeared to be lobbing a sweet nearest a jar but apparently they do this every year.

One of the most interesting stands was a fitness endurance test combining a number of exercises such as the plank. The test being to hold these positions for the longest.

The food and refreshments and cake stands seemed to do a good trade. It is always a pleasure to visit Beyton.

Thurston , Beyton and Hessett Suffolk

In Beyton, Hessett, Thurston on March 4, 2007 at 1:23 pm

8am 10.2 miles in 1 hr 24 mins 49 secs

Week to date mileage 30 miles

Month to date mileage 25

Average weekly rate 29.1 miles

Average monthly rate 127

Year to date 262

Lifetime 9855

For todays run I drove out from Bury St Edmunds to Thurston and parked near to the railway station. I presume what was an old railway station building from the 19th century has now been converted and is flat accommodation.

I immediately headed out of Thurston passing the grounds of Thurston House on the left side of the road. Thurston House will sadly always be linked with the Titanic. Tyrell William Cavendish was married to Julia Florence Siegel in 1906. When they bought Thurston House in 1912 they had made plans to renovate the house. However Mr Cavendish had political ambitions with thoughts of being an MP perhaps for Bury St Edmunds. Looking for funding he decided to visit Henry Siegel who was a multi millionaire on the ill fated Titanic.

Tyrell Cavendish had had uncomfortable premonitions about the voyage and made his will on the day of the voyage. They boarded the Titanic at Southampton and traveled as 1st class passengers. Mrs Cavendish survived along with the maid a Miss Nellie Barber who were rescued in a lifeboat.

Lady Cavendish sold the property without ever living there for a value of £5k.
Tyrell Cavendish Hall was paid for by Lady Cavendish as a memorial to her husband and the village hall is still used by local clubs.

I ran along the Thurston Road under the A14 just before entering the village of Beyton. I ran around Beyton Green and visited both of the local pubs The Bear and the White Horse. Beyton has a true village centre with a large village green with a stream running through the centre and space for sport.

I continued past the White Horse on towards Hessett. After passing Beyton Middle School and the old Post Office now a private dwelling you come to All Saints a round tower church.
I would say less than half a mile further down the road you arrive at St Ethlebert’s at Hessett this time a square tower. I took my life in my hands and entered Hessett but I didn’t notice any strange children.


After a run around Hessett I returned following the same route back to the outskirts of Thurston and decided to visit the Thurston Planche. A rather grand building in substantial grounds.

I carried on over the railway line along Barrell’s Road before returning to Stockhold Green under another railway bridge before heading up to St Peter’s Church

I retraced my steps through to the the Thurston Planche and on to the Thurston Road past Thurston House and to my car.


Tarpley 10 at Beyton Suffolk 2006

In Beyton, race, suffolk, Tarpley 10 on September 24, 2006 at 7:38 pm







10am 10 miles in 1 hour 19 mins

Week to date mileage 31

Month to date mileage 93

Average weekly rate 30.3

Average Monthly rate 133

Year to Date 1157

Life time 9177

I found this race a struggle. I wasn’t confidant going into the race following my patchy training. The weather was good at the start of the race as it was slightly overcast though half way through the sun emerged and it was quite warm.

The car park had changed for this 2nd running of the Tarpley 10 to the Beyton School instead of the pumpkin field. There were a good number of late entries to bolster the total entry. There were 115 finishers today compared to 124 so the overall entry was slightly down.

My mile splits were as follows

1 7.18
2 7.45
3. 7.56
4. 7.54
5. 7.48
6. 7.43
7. 8.06
8. 7.59
9. 8.36
10. 7.51

I failed to beat my time from last year which was 1 .18. 25 in the main to some slow miles from 7 miles onwards. It is time to get some more consistent training in!

Tarpley 10 at Beyton Suffolk

In Beyton, Brandon Fernhoppers, Drinkstone, Gedding, Hessett, Ipswich Jaffa, Saint Edmund Pacers, suffolk, Tarpley 10 on September 25, 2005 at 1:29 pm

10.30am 10 miles in 1 hour 18 .25 mins

Year to date mileage 932

Month to date 122 miles

Average miles per month 106

Average weekly rate 24.3

Weather: Sunny and dry slight breeze.

Course: From Beyton we headed out through Hessett , Gedding and Drinkstone before returning to Beyton. The course was described as undulating and had some small inclines at 3 miles and between 8 and 10 miles.

The 1st running of a new race organised by the St Edmunds Pacers in memory of the club’s late president Bert Tarpley , who died in October last year. For an inaugural race the turn out was quite good I believe around 142 runners took part from a number of clubs including St Edmunds Pacers, Brandon Fernhoppers, Ipswich Jaffa, Herne Hill Harriers, West Norfolk AC,Colchester & Tendering, Stowmarket Striders, Newmarket Joggers, waveney Valley AC, West Suffolk AC,Bilderston Bounders and one representative from Liverpool Harriers who probably came from furthest afield.

This was a very well organised race with car parking close to the start at Beyton School, excellent marshaling, a free shirt and a bag of freebies along with some lots of drinks and food afterwards.

I was pleased with my time I had hoped for under 1.25. I set of a little quick and was surprised to reach the 1st mile marker in 7.22. I stuck in at this point behind runners from Ipswich Jaffa and pretty much run with this group throughout the race. At 5 miles my time was 38.40 and I knew I just had to maintain 8 min mile pacing to get under 1.20. I only felt bad after drinking water at 4 and 7 miles this didn’t seem to do me much good.

There were also several junior fun runs which were attended by St Edmunds Pacers.

The geese near the village green are obviously in charge at Beyton, they brought traffic to halt at one point. Love the pumpkins near the car park plenty for Halloween.

I hope this race is run again next year I can thoroughly recommend it.

Fornham Circular Run

In Beyton, Fornham All Saints, Fornham Saint Martin, Fornham St Genevieve, Tarpley 10 on August 28, 2005 at 1:19 pm

8.30pm 7.5 miles in 57.42 mins.
Year to date mileage 795
Month to date 115 miles

Weather bright and sunny

First run after returning from vacation in the Lake District. Still a little tired from long car journey down the M6 and A14

After only running twice last week I intend to put in some good mileage this week. I hope to visit one or two different places in Suffolk over the next week.

I have had my running number for the Tarpley 10 which is on Sunday 25 September at Beyton Middle School, Beyton near Bury St Edmunds. This will be my first race since February last year.