Villagers step out in force as Reedham footpath campaign nears successful conclusion

Reedham footpath campaigners ready to set off on their latest walk. Picture: David Hannant

Reedham footpath campaigners ready to set off on their latest walk. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

A village community has once again rallied around to show its support for a campaign to reinstate one of its footpaths.

The permissive footpath in Reedham, which linked the village on Station Road to the riverside public footpath closed in 2015, prompting a campaign from villagers to have it reinstated.

On Boxing Day, 190 people came together to support the campaign, holding a community walk from the Village Hall to the Humpty Dumpty brewery. On Saturday, dozens of people once again rambled through the village together, this time starting from the brewery and strolling to Reedham Ferry.

However, this time, with a resolution nearing, there was an element triumph in their steps, as campaigner Norman Bagshaw led the walk.

He said: 'Both of the walks were held to show the village's continued support for the reinstatement of the footpath. The fact that so many people have showed up each time really shows just how passionately people of the village feel about it.'

The walk saw villagers meet at the brewery on Church Road for complimentary drinks and refreshments, before walk the route to Reedham Ferry, where there was a bric-a-brac sale and more refreshments.

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Mr Bagshaw added: 'Now that an agreement has been reached, our aim now is to raise the necessary funding to make improvements to the footpath.'

The event was held on June 17, with the date chosen specifically to honour the memory of murdered MP Jo Cox, joining in with celebrations of her life across the country.

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Pat Bagshaw, Mr Bagshaw's wife, added: 'We had heard about the Great Get Together celebrations being held across the country, so thought this would be a fitting time to do it.

'The Great Get Together was all about togetherness and community spirit, which is just what our campaign has been about as well.'

Ann Howitz, a supporter of the campaign who attended both walks, said: 'The campaign has been a real community effort - so many people have worked really hard on it, like Kerry Bridges, Gill Duly and Lesley George to name a few.

'The Humpty Dumpty Brewery in particular have been incredibly supportive and sponsored both events, which is why we chose to start to walk from there.'

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