Recent Events

Chance to see and hear Sir William Paston

PHS chair Rob Knee took on the costumed role of Sir William Paston on May 5 at an open meeting of the North Walsham Historical Society at St Benets Hall, North Walsham, at 7.30pm. All welcome!

Sir William explained how his school came to exist  and talked about his tomb and defended his family’s reputation.

He is due to reprise the role in St Nicholas Church as part of the Heritage Open Days on Sept 10 at 10.30 and 11.30 - tour begins at the tomb in St Nicholas Church and makes its way to The College.

PHS speakers at NRO conference

The Paston Heritage Society took a prominent part in a big Exploring Your Community conference at the Norfolk Record Office on February 27.

The conference ranged widely, covering areas of Norfolk as diverse as Diss and Docking, Mulbarton and Marriotts Way, and a great deal of expertise was imparted by a wide variety of speakers.  

Pastons at Cromer

The Paston Heritage Society took a full part in the Cromer History Day at the community hall, Cromer, on October 24, 2015. Pictured is re-enactor Diana George giving help to a visitor with medieval calligraphy.

The Hellesdon connection

The Paston Heritage Society was invited to help highlight the Paston connection to Hellesdon (the siege and sack of Hellesdon Manor by the Duke of Suffolk) in the carnival procession on July 18 and to run a stall with activities and information. Carole and Phil Martin provided paper-making, Pat Dawson demonstrated medieval textiles and Diana George provided calligraphy opportunities. Penny and Rob Knee paraded as Margaret and John Paston.

Fine outlook for annual meeting – and dates for diaries!

An auspicious 13 members attended the annual meeting of the Paston Heritage Society, which took place at 7.30pm on THURSDAY 23rd APRIL in the MANOR HOTEL, MUNDESLEY. This was a new setting for us, and we enjoyed the sea view and comfortable chairs – not to mention the excellent sandwiches, provided by member Jo Berry. Many thanks to her.

You made the Paston Treasure shine!

A project to re-gild the frame of one of Norfolk’s most important paintings has hit its target - after nearly 200 people helped raise just over £14,500 for the work. The Paston Treasure – the historic painting commissioned by Robert Paston, Earl of Yarmouth, in the 17th century – was selected by Norwich Museums to launch their first ever crowdfunding project. The aim: to re-gild the frame of the picture and in their words "to make a Norfolk treasure shine".