A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Author: Barbara Pilch

Published on: 30 March 2018

The village history day on November 4 fulfilled our expectations when nearly 300 visitors came to see hundreds of old photos, maps and aerial views of the village as it once was.

Many of the older residents met up with people they had grown up with, been to school with but perhaps not seen for many years. Newer residents saw what used to stand where their houses are now and learned something of our community’s rich past and present.

The Paston Heritage Society members who attended in medieval costume added to the scene by demonstrating aspects of life when Edward Paston and his family lived in this area in the 15th century. Visitors of all ages tried their hand at calligraphy with a quill pen and spinning and weaving were demonstrated using wool coloured with madder and other natural dyes. Medieval wise women explained old cures and remedies, using traditional medicinal herbs.

It was a fascinating insight into life in those times with more to come during the next three years as exciting events are planned to celebrate Blofield’s Edward Paston, a remarkable man.

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Barbara Pilch

Events Co-ordinator, St Andrew and St Peter, Blofield

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