Filming and tour of hall in packed weekend

A generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support a range of activities gives us a unique opportunity to move things forward this year. News of all of them will appear on this website.

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On Saturday, April 27 an Open Day at Paston Church included a number of re-enacters, performance of poems and letters, a wide-ranging
exhibition of pictures and maps, and a tour of the cellars and gardens at Paston Old Hall. The latter included a look at investigative digging there, and some intriguing stones that had been unearthed by the gardeners. The tour was arranged with the kind permission of the owners, who gave visitors some additional information and answered questions. Many local people, as well as those from further afield, were interviewed on camera about their memories and knowledge of Paston. The results will be edited and included on a Paston Heritage Society DVD being created by Peter Stibbons, of Poppyland Publishing.

The following day, Sunday, April 28, had been intended solely for further filming for the DVD, but because of a mistake by the local papers, who reported that it was a two-day event, we kept the church open, and had a few more visitors. Nevertheless Peter was able to film more incidents for the DVD, including many PHS members acting out incidents in the letters – such as villagers' anger at the Pastons' rerouting the road, and, in a separate incident, Elizabeth Paston running away.

To round off April, on Tuesday the 30th the annual meeting will take place at 7.30pm at the Ship Inn, Mundesley. Sandwiches provided. All members welcome.