This is the village of Caston, Norfolk, England.
Caston OPEN GARDEN CALENDAR 2014 is spiral bound A5 size (approx 5" x 8") and contains one image per page. Each image is representative of the 12 gardens whose owners participated. Available from Alan Porter. Click on the image to enlarge and see clearly Alan's contact details.
We are delighted to announce that Caston has been awarded the much coveted Pride in Norfolk Community Award in the under 500 population category. Three judges attended the village, meeting many of the residents in the village hall and then went on tour around the village. Caston was judged against a number of other villages for the community spirit that they saw while here and they were clearly impressed.
What exactly did they look at? They looked at our village life: the Friday drop-in sessions, the wide range of organisations using the village hall, special events such as the Jubilee celebrations and the New Year’s Eve Safari Supper, Holy Cross Church, the school, the website and parish council schemes (such as ‘speed watch’) to name but a few. Perhaps the most important paragraph in Caston’s entry was the first one:
Caston is a rural village with a happy buzz.There are numerous examples of residents pulling together to support the community and individuals.
The three judges who visited Caston in October were able to experience our ‘wonderful community life’ for themselves. They clearly enjoyed the buzz of a drop-in session, and were pleased to hear details of village activities from residents and representatives of our many organisations. All of that was then cemented into place by their village tour.
It appears that the name Caston comes originally from the Old English of Cattstun but the earliest reference of the name, when it was shown as Catustuna, is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. Now read on for something a little more up to date..........
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We must thank Mr John Barnes for kindly giving permission for many of the photos reproduced on the Photo Gallery page and for much of the history which has been taken from his excellent and most informative books 'A History of Caston'. More information on how to obtain his books, which contain a full history of Caston, is on the Useful Links page.
Chrissie Pye (Chapman) was born in Griston and moved to Caston at a young age, when her parents bought Chase Farm. She married Reggie Pye and after spending the first few years of married life with her parents at Chase Farm they moved to White House, Caston, where she lived until her death in 2006.
She loved the countryside and village life in Caston, where she was an active member of the W.I. Farming was always an important part of her life, firstly with her parents, then at Daisy Farm, Ovington, with her husband Reggie and son Christopher. Chrissies’ writing and her poems reflected the things that were closest to her heart – family, Norfolk countryside and village life; and she was able to vividly capture a fond memory through the words she wrote.
From time to time we publish both Poems by Chrissie Pye with illustrations by Rachael Banham. When used they are reproduced here with the kind permission of the Publisher, Lazy Daisy.