Essex Country Parks touring bench

Hadleigh Park

Welcome to the information page for our listening bench that is touring Essex Country Parks.

Here you can find out more about the clips featured on the bench. There is also a schedule of all the tour locations for the next year. We hope the clips on the bench will help you enjoy the great outdoors.

Location of the bench

This bench is currently located at Hadleigh Park (near the Camera Obscura), where it will stay until April 2018. It will then move to Weald Country Park.

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Audio clips on this bench

About Hadleigh Park (Button A, Clip 1)

Learn more about everything there is to see and do at Hadleigh Park.

Playing around Hadleigh Castle (Button A, Clip 2)

The area around Hadleigh Park extending to Hadleigh Castle is a great place for family outings. Listen to these memories of Denise Dye and Dave Collins, who played on the site as children. These were recorded as part of the Team Hadleigh project, the Essex Legacy for the 2012 Olympic Games (Acc. SA663).

Christmas Walks: Hadleigh Park (Button A, Clip 3)

Clips from a BBC Essex piece featuring a walk through Hadleigh Park, part of a series of Christmas walks, broadcast in about 1994 (Acc. SA654).

Learning to ride a bicycle (Button B, Clip 1)

Prim Coppin describes how she learned how to ride a bicycle, and then shares a story of when her father’s bicycle was ‘borrowed’ by an airman at Rivenhall airfield. This comes from an oral history interview recorded in 1998 (SA 44/1/12/1). Listen to the full interview here.

'The Sound of a Bike' (Button B, Clip 2)

A poem extolling the joys of cycling, written and read by local poet Martin Newell. This comes from his ‘Spoke ‘n’ Word’ album, recorded in 2007 (SA 10/2/3/1/1). Listen to the whole album here.

Gustav Holst's 'Brook Green Suite' (Button B, Clip 3)

Piece performed by the Essex Youth Orchestra in Thaxted Church, recorded in 1991 (SA 1/927/1).

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