Recent Events

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. 


Members celebrate a sparkling 2013

The Paston Heritage Society celebrated a remarkable year with a gathering for members at Bacton Village Hall on the evening of December 7. 

Happily the hall survived the previous day's storm surge without damage, though just down the road at Walcott it was a different story. As a result routes to the hall were limited (the coast road was closed at Walcott), but this did not deter stalwarts and friends from enjoying the evening, during which we looked back at all the events organised during 2013 as a result of receiving the All our Stories grant. Even founder Lucy Care was well enough to attend, despite her recent problems.

Insight into Edward

Our members' meeting on March 19 at Bacton Village Hall welcomed author Susan Curran for the first time. Speaker for the night was chair Rob Knee, who gave us an expert insight into Edward and the junior branch of the Pastons.


Mannington Hall

October 16th & 17th 2010

The Paston Heritage Society made a successful appearance in costume at the 4th Norfolk Living History Fayre at Mannington Hall and Gardens, courtesy of Lord and Lady Walpole. The event featured Black Knight Historical, the re-enactment company led by Ian Pycroft, who arranged a spot for PHS in the Dining Room at the Hall. The Pastons' Country handmade book was on display, as were John Fenn's 1787 transcriptions of the Paston Letters.

The Pastons' Country at The Coast Exhibition

October 23rd to 26th 2010

The Pastons' Country book and exhibition were on display at the Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival at the Garden Gallery, Garden Street, Cromer.

On the evening of the 23rd, the Gallery held a launch night with poetry readings from five of the Paston poets – Caroline Gilfillan, recent winner of the EDP-Jarrolds East Anglian Book Award for her poetry book, Yes (Hawthorn Press), Tim Lenton, Rob Knee, Adrian Ward and Dot Cobley.

The COAST exhibition ( ran from October 23 to 31 and featured art, film, sculpture trails and interactive workshops.

Easter Fayre

There was an Easter Fayre at St Margaret's Church, Paston, on Saturday and Sunday, the 2nd and 3rd of April, 2011. This was a craft fayre, with homemade chocolates, jewellery, stained glass ornaments, candles, bespoke miniature wooden cabinets (French polishing), silk flowers and homemade cards, as well as the PHS Souvenir Stall and delicious light refreshments. There was also an area for children to make necklaces, bracelets and Easter bonnets.

Bringing the Past to Life in Art and Poetry 2010

An opportunity to discover the world of the Paston Letters in the home of one of the Paston family – the magnificent Oxburgh Hall – was offered  on the weekend of September 4-5, 2010.

Oxburgh Hall is the home of descendants of the Paston family and provided an ideal place to experience many facets of the lives of some of the most important people in the history of Norfolk. The exhibition continued until September 15 and in beautiful weather got an enthusiastic response from both the public and from the National Trust, which owns the property.