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Reliving history in music

Members of the acclaimed Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE), directed by Robert Howarth, will be performing at St Nicholas’ Church.

North Norfolk District Council has partnered with Orchestras Live to put on the concert, which will include the world premiere of Agnes, a newly-commissioned work by Norfolk-based composer Sarah Rodgers. The concert will also include works by Purcell, Handel, Holborne, Warlock and Mozart.

Griffin runs amok in Norwich church

Well, not really, but it does look a bit like it. The impressive griffin was just one of many exhibits at St Peter Hungate Church in Norwich on May 26 for the opening of the long-planned Paston Footprints exhibition, which will be in the church until the autumn. It is on public view at weekends at the moment. The opening ceremony was carried out by PHS chair Dr Rob Knee in front of about 50 invited guests.

Crabs, lobsters and Pastons

Admiral Clement Paston called in at the Cromer Crab and Lobster fair last weekend, and made himself available to chat to passers-by about the Paston family's connections with Cromer. He is better known to most of Cromer as Peter Stibbons, who had much to do with organising the event. Other Cromer names were on hand, including Keith Skipper and his wife Diane, and the PHS re-enactors also made themselves available to demonstrate various medieval skills. The weather was sunny enough to tempt many to attend, but with a cool enough wind to keep them moving. A great success all round.

Students planning theatre event

Rob Knee reports a successful event at Paston College in North Walsham, supporting their seven Year 12 BTec Drama group students who are devising a 30-minute piece of community theatre for performance this June.

The group have been studying the Paston Letters, and re-enactors from the Paston Heritage Society helped them to focus on the everyday life of the Letters through calligraphy, textiles and medieval games.

New project manager

The project manager for the 600 Paston Footprints project has been appointed and will meet hub representatives on Saturday, March 24 at a launch event at the Norfolk Record Office. His name is Matthew Champion. Watch this space for further news following that event.

Great news! Footprints project wins £374,000 Lottery award

The 600 Paston Footprints project, which has been in a development stage for two years, has got a huge boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund – and it will enable people across the county and beyond to join up the dots in the Pastons' 300-year history.

A National Lottery grant of £374,400 has just been confirmed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which means that doors will be opened to a new understanding of what made the Pastons tick, and the people they influenced.

Large-scale project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support: volunteers needed

HLF

The Paston Heritage Society and Dr Karen Smyth, Senior Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature at UEA, have received a £13,000 grant  from the Heritage Lottery Fund, representing initial support for the development of a community research project on the Pastons.

Paston Footprints 600 will be the first ever large-scale community project to uncover specific local links with the vibrant heritage of the Pastons, who as Norfolk’s most prominent family from 1380-1750 rose from medieval peasants to become lawyers and enter the dangerous European battlefields and Tudor courts. 

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