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William Smith, basket maker

William Smith, basket maker

Thursday 28 July 2022

We have gone too long without the beautiful writing of Anne Boileau, so here’s a delightful piece to lighten our summer spirits… Delving into Trevor Disley’s fascinating book of old photographs of Coggeshall, I discover William Smith, basket maker, who supplied our town with all manner of baskets from his workshop in West Street. Before […] Read more >

Sowing the Seeds of Hope

Sowing the Seeds of Hope

Thursday 9 December 2021

Writer Anne Boileau relates the wholly uplifting tale of a rewilding project in north Essex Alex Stevenson lived in Coggeshall until recently. But now she has revealed herself as an Essex Isabella Tree. A landscape architect and award-winning garden designer, she helped draw up the Coggeshall Neighbourhood Plan and recently organised an eco-fair in the […] Read more >

A journey can feel like a pilgrimage

A journey can feel like a pilgrimage

Friday 29 October 2021

Writer Anne Boileau pays homage to the brent goose, an enchanting bird that graces the Essex coastline every winter In October last year I saw them touch down in the stubble field by the Essex Way above Coggeshall. They landed, about 50 of them, and stood very still and silent on their webbed feet, looking […] Read more >

A patchwork of paradise in a very special nature reserve

A patchwork of paradise in a very special nature reserve

Tuesday 3 August 2021

Writer Anne Boileau offers an enticing taste of a delightful Essex woodland where “small groups used to meet up for dawn chorus and bacon butties in the spring”. A little chunk of paradise has fallen among us… Between Stisted and Greensted Green lies a small nature reserve known as Belcher’s and Broadfield Woods, or Brookes […] Read more >

A forgotten song

A forgotten song

Friday 9 July 2021

Turtle doves were once common summer visitors to Essex. Now we only rarely hear their purring… and writer Anne Boileau misses it  “The winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our […] Read more >

Springs and Rams

Springs and Rams

Tuesday 8 June 2021

‘We’ve become deaf to the music of underground streams, forgotten how to celebrate the sacred springs’… in this beautiful piece, writer Anne Boileau pays tribute to an ancient source of water and to the machines that worked their own magic with it.  Whalebone Spring; Peter’s Spring; Ladle Spring; Pigeon Spring… just four springs among dozens, […] Read more >

Cherry blossom, tigers and dragons

Cherry blossom, tigers and dragons

Monday 26 April 2021

Lockdown was easing, spring was in the air (if still a little chilly) and writer Anne Boileau was wasting no time in meeting a friend. The pair chose Arger Fen – “one of the loveliest woods I know” – for their walk and it held for Anne the magic it always had. Her beautiful words […] Read more >

Prayer for a Tree

Prayer for a Tree

Friday 26 March 2021

We are delighted to present this “little piece from Coggeshall” by writer Anne Boileau. “I’m obviously not getting out and about much at the moment, so it’s local,” she tells us. We’re almost there, Anne… in the meantime, thank you so much for this. Prayer for a Tree  I’ve got a twig in my hand. It […] Read more >

Cello Concert with Birdsong

Cello Concert with Birdsong

Wednesday 2 September 2020

The writing of Anne Boileau that has graced this website during recent months has both captured the spirit of the age and cast a reflective light of history on where we are today. Here Anne presents Cello Concert with Birdsong, which she describes as “a story with an Essex slant”. “Beatrice Harrison could not have […] Read more >

Consolation… a poem for our times

Consolation… a poem for our times

Friday 14 August 2020

And now for something completely different! In a first for the CPRE Essex website, we present a poem from Anne Boileau, whose writing has enlivened these pages several times before. Anne tells us that this poem, Consolation, “was inspired by the causeway over to Mersea Island, and the winding lanes around there. And of course […] Read more >

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