33 - Editorial

10:52PM BST - Monday, 18 June 2007

Contributed by: Jerry Green

Last autumn's Bunting Society gathering at Tissington was the best attended in die society's 16 year history, with over 90 people present, many of them from the Midlands and north of England, who might previously had been deterred from travelling south to our traditional venue in Suffolk. A new feature of the gathering was the opportunity, in a break in the main proceedings, to visit a local centre of interest, in this case Tissington Hall, ancestral home of the FitzHerberts, and the hub of life in what is, historically speaking, an 'estate village'. The Hall is a fine solid 17th Century building for the most part, set in a fabulously green hilly landscape. Despite the autumnal season, there were still some flowers in the borders contrasting with wonderful green hedges to the rear.
Sir Richard FitzHerbert was at the front door to greet us and give us a broad history of the house, which is very much a family home despite its size. He handed us over to our guide, Ruth, who took us on a comprehensive journey through the house. Among the Hall's collection of fine portraits is a full-length one of George the Third, copies of which we were told hang in other important buildings.
After much debate it has been decided that the 2006 gathering will return to Alpheton village hall in Suffolk. Make a note of the date: Saturday October 14 ! However, so successful was the Tissington Hall visit that we plan to incorporate an 'excursion' again. It will take the form of a tour around nearby Lavenham, a medieval wollen town, famous in the Middle Ages for its widely exported blue cloth, as well as being a nationally important industrial centre.
Our guide will be my husband Clive Paine, a local Suffolk historian based in Bury St Edmunds who enjoyed a few minutes of fame on the television screen in a BBC programme featuring Jeremy Paxman exploring his family roots, which involved some researching in Bury records office. '
The plan is to visit Lavenham's magnificent parish church of St Peter & St Paul and to take a walking tour through an ancient area of beautiful timber-framed houses. Also included on the planned itinerary is a visit to the town's 16th Century Guildhall of Corpus Christi, for which there is an entry charge - unless you are a National Trust member.
Christine Paine (2)

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