More and more interest in Paston's past

In the warm and welcoming setting of the Ship Inn, Mundesley, the annual general meeting of the Paston Heritage Society heard from its chairman, Jo Berry, on March 29 that more and more interest was being shown in the village, the letters and the Paston family itself.

Highlights of the past year (details elsewhere on this website) included events at Blofield and Dragon Hall and the launch of a new poetry book. More recently working with the Norfolk Coast Partnership led to the Reading the Past in our Landscape project, and now Dig and Sow, involving Carenza Lewis of Time Team fame. 

“It is an enormous honour for Paston to be chosen to represent Norfolk in the Cultural Olympiad,” said Mrs Berry. Several members of the PHS and friends were interviewed for inclusion in a BBC TV series to be broadcast in the next three months.

The future is bright, though not necessarily orange. We hope to establish a relationship with St Peter Hungate in Norwich – for some time the Pastons’ parish church – which we hope will lead to an event in June and maybe a permanent presence. We also look forward to an event at Mannington Hall on October 28, and possibly a poetry and song event at COAST in the autumn.

In 2013 we are aiming for further events at Blofield and Dragon Hall.

Dr Richard Hoggett, who has been working with PHS on behalf of the Norfolk Coast Partnership, gave a short illustrated talk on what had been achieved through Reading the Past in our Landscape. He said: “The work being carried out in Paston could enthuse others to explore the archaeological aspects of their villages and find out more about their area.”

Diana George and Rob Knee gave votes of thanks, especially for the hard work put in by Lucy Care and Jo Berry, as well as others who assisted consistently but remained in the background.