Mautby church fete will have medieval theme to help celebrate Paston family links

14th June 2017
Anthony Carroll


Residents from Mautby have been fundraising for three years to raise enough money needed to build a new extension on Mautby church, to house toilets and a kitchen. The building work is now complete and the extension will be officially opened by the Bishop of Norwich at the end of March
Picture: James Bass

A village church is holding a village fete which will have a medieval feel to it

St Peter and St Paul Church
Main Road
Great Yarmouth
NR29 3JA
The fete at Mautby church will be on Saturday, June 24 from 2pm and there will be demonstrations of weaving, dyeing with herbs, and calligraphy together with a knight in armour

The event ties in with the Paston Heritage Society

The Pastons were Norfolk’s leading family from 1380-1750, rising from medieval peasants to eventually become merchants and lawyers, and enter European battlefields and Tudor courts

The Paston Society wants to create a heritage walk from Mautby church where Mary Paston was buried to Caister where her uncle Sir John Falstaff lived

The annual fete in the church grounds, with all the usual stalls of tombola, draw, cakes, plants, white elephant, crafts, games and refreshments

Mautby is part of the 600 Paston Footprints project

A Knight Templar and the Paston Heritage Society reenactors will also be there, and offer calligraphy, papermaking, knitting, and weaving activities to try from the 15th century

Jan Howard, who is promoting the fete said: “The fete at Mautby has been a local event for many years, and this year is the first time we are having it at the church, it is an ideal place to get people to understand what life was like in this area during medieval times”

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