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Ed the Con

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Edward the Confessor was born in Islip in 1005 and, 1,000 years on, the local community are celebrating.

Dr South's Primary School started planning celebrations a couple of years back, at first imagining a small pageant.

Two years on and the numerous events have involved teachers, pupils, parents and the village community. A replica of the Bayeux Tapestry was brought to the village and the highlight of the festival was a re-enactment group who were booked to establish a Saxon encampment in the village.

One hundred and twenty Saxons took part in battles, falconry, archery and the burning of a Viking longboat, bringing this piece of history to life. The programme is a portrait of what a few dedicated people can do, showing how much children learn and remember from hands-on experience.

Dr South's School underwent an Ofsted inspection during the run-up to celebrations and was commended for its strong links with the community.

Part of the series: Inspirations

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