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Bures: Common sense victory for common land

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 June 2011 | UPDATED: 13:02 16 June 2011

Villagers in Bures celebrate buying back their medieval common

Villagers in Bures celebrate buying back their medieval common

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VILLAGERS are celebrating raising enough cash to reclaim a medieval common.

Residents in Bures, on the Suffolk/Essex border, collected the required £87,500 within three weeks of launching an appeal last month.

The common has now been purchased by the Bures Common Land charitable company.

Trustee Leigh Alston, a village historian and a lecturer at Cambridge University, said donations had came from more than 200 households – about a third of the population – and ranged from £5 to four-figure sums.

He said: “We did not apply for local authority funding but have been promised a £10,000 grant from the Big Society Fund. This money, and any other in excess of the purchase price, will be used to maintain the land and restore the 19th Century barn on the site.”

Mr Alston said donations had also come from further afield after the campaign was featured in the East Anglian Daily Times.

The common is now being cleared and will be officially opened at 5pm on June 25, while a traditional Michaelmas fair is planned for later in the year.

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