SCHOOLCHILDREN will soon be able to step back in time into a Saxon-style hall nearing completion at Bishopswood Environmental Centre. Bishopswood deputy head Bob Green working on the Saxon hall. Picture - JO BLIZZARD

The reproduction hall will be the highlight of the Saxon educational programme at the Crossway Green centre.

It is based on one unearthed at an excavated settlement at Bury St Edmunds.

Centre deputy head Bob Green and a host of volunteers have constructed the dark age building.

However, a professional thatcher who was due to complete the roof last week has been held up due to the foot and mouth outbreak.

Centre manager John Rhymer said: "We aim to have the hall finished by Easter.

"Much of the Saxon educational programme has been outdoor based but this will give schoolchildren a glimpse of life indoors in the Saxon era."