Recent Events

Blofield Heritage Day a big success

We were involved in a warm and sunny heritage day at Blofield Church, just east of Norwich, on Saturday, 10 September, 2012. This is a large church which gave plenty of room for re-enactors, displays and workshops – and there was great enthusiasm locally, making the day an outstanding success, especially for the teddy bears who were given balloon rides – not a big feature of the Paston Letters, but one feels sure the Pastons would have approved. 

Paston Walks and Talks Day

On Sunday 24th July we held a 'Walks and talks' day at St Margaret's Church, Paston.

There were two walks: the first was an amble around the site with one of our expert guides, talking about the Paston family and Paston village. The second was a seven-mile round trip to Bromholm Priory. Nine people and a dog started out with Tim Lenton, and most of them finished the course, which had to be diverted inland because of a high tide with a stiff onshore wind. The walk took in Paston Green, Edingthorpe Church and – "a real treat" – Bromholm Priory, where the owners had given permission for us to get 'up close' to the ruins. A new and memorable experience for all of us on the walk.

Our usual delicious refreshments were on offer.


Latin Compline

Latin Compline at St Margaret's church, Paston. - 24th July 2011

To celebrate St Margaret's day, we held a Latin Compline in the church by candlelight. The service was led by the Rev Canon Professor Dr Loveday Alexander, who introduced it with a short talk explaining the important role of daily worship in the lives of families in the 15th century.

As usual, the service was very moving...a link with the words spoken in worship for centuries in this ancient place.


Owl, maps and old photos attract visitors to Paston Church

What was intended to be the final, climactic weekend of our Reading the Past in the Landscape project began with an excellent day on Saturday, March 3, when a steady stream of visitors to Paston Church enjoyed an exhibition of old maps, old photographs and records relating to the parish, as well as historical re-enactment from PHS regulars. There was also the opportunity to visit  a site outside the Barn, where archaeologist Dr Richard Hoggett was supervising the creation of a "Dig and Sow" pilot pit (see separate item).

RPL walk at last takes place – but weather is no better

Paston landscape 

The Reading the Past in the Landscape walk that was postponed because of bad weather in February eventually took place on the afternoon of Saturday, April 28 under a grey sky, driven along by a vigorous, cold wind and with more than a spot of rain. So no real improvement there, but landscape archaeologist Dr Richard Hoggett put a brave face on it, and ten brave souls gathered at Paston Barn and walked from there by the back roads to Lucy's home, Dayspring, where hot refreshments awaited.

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. 

Pulling out all the stops at Mannington Hall

It was a cold and damp weekend, but Paston Heritage Society members were glowing with satisfaction – and no small exertion – after a successful History Day at Mannington Hall on the last Sunday of October and the first day of British Winter Time. 

The day was set up when four members of the PHS – Jo and John Berry, Lucy Care and Tim Lenton – were invited by Lord and Lady Walpole to Mannington on July 31 to discuss participation in the HIstory Day. We were encouraged to provide re-enactors, an exhibition and two performances of poetry, monologue and dialogue during the event, which took place from 11m to 4pm.

Paston featured on BBC2 series

The Paston Heritage Society was delighted to be asked to contribute to a major new television series, which ran on BBC2 for eight weeks (with a five-week break in the middle) from Friday, 25 May 2012 at 9pm. Called The Great British Story: A People's History and presented by Michael Wood, it was made by MayaVision International and looks at the events that shaped us and our nations. 

Several members of the PHS and visitors to one of our events were interviewed and some appeared on the fourth episode of the series, broadcast on June 15. Many other communities, schools, local societies and experts across the British Isles are also featured.