Paston Heritage

Pastons celebrate anniversary with meal at the Maids Head

A gathering of Paston family and friends at the Maids Head in Norwich on November 22 for a celebration meal to mark the first mention of the Maids Head in a Paston letter (22 November 1472). Music from Hexachordia and readings from the letters and from Paston poetry featured in between courses. Excellent food from the Maids Head. Pictured above at the top table are (from left) Paston trustees Tim Lenton, Rob Knee and Peter Stibbons with their wives Dot, Penny and Brenda. Costumes kindly provided by Penny Knee.

Pictures of a Paston summer

A number of Paston events have taken place over the summer, mainly in connection with the Paston Footprints project. Featured here are a number of pictures from the big exhibition at Hungate in Norwich and the major event at Mannington Hall in August. 

Don't miss Footprints events

There are a large number of events running throughout the county in connection with the Paston Footprints project – too many, in fact, to be included on this website. Please consult the Footprints website here. As soon as I can I will include some notes and pictures of recent events – such as the brilliant performance at Oxnead Hall, the opportunity to view Barningham Hall and church, and a world-class concert at St Nicholas' Church, North Walsham, that linked strongly to the Paston story. More events will follow. Don't miss them!

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.

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