In stitches:

How a Nor­folk vil­lage will be taken down mem­ory lane for a week­end by the won­der of wool


The good folk of Cas­ton have it all sewn up...

Who knew that knit­ted squares could be so ver­sa­tile? From a life-size Her Knit­ted Majesty to a laden tea ta­ble in a 1950s par­lour, a Nor­folk vil­lage will be trans­formed for a week­end by the won­der of wool.

The crafters of Cas­ton, near Wat­ton, and neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties, have cre­ated a

nos­tal­gic world of wool. Their cast of knit­ted char­ac­ters and set­tings will take vis­i­tors on a trip down mem­ory lane.

Peep through the win­dows of a knit­ted 1950s shop­ping street, in the church, to see the woollen wares on sale; and meet a con­gre­ga­tion ready for a cel­e­bra­tion ser­vice.

Right across Cas­ton, vil­lagers will open their gar­dens to host fan­tas­tic fab­ric 50s fam­ily scenes. Her Knit­ted Majesty will pre­side in full coro­na­tion dress in the vil­lage hall, while real mem­bers of the WI serve up non-knit­ted re­fresh­ments.

The Nos­tal­gia fes­ti­val has been knit­ted to­gether by teams from the vil­lage church, vil­lage hall and Cas­ton WI with pro­ceeds go­ing to com­mu­nity projects around the vil­lage.

There will be re­fresh­ments and stalls in the vil­lage hall and church and spe­cial lunches and af­ter­noon teas (book­ing es­sen­tial) at The Red Lion. Vis­i­tors are wel­come to dress in 1950s style and the week­end also in­cludes a jig­saw exhibition - pic­tures of nos­tal­gic scenes have been turned into jig­saws by lo­cal non-knit­ters, and will be on sale in the vil­lage hall.

Could you tell us a lit­tle about your­selves?

We were lov­ingly cre­ated along­side Her Knit­ted Majesty to take cen­tre stage in Nos­tal­gia.

Where will you be dur­ing the fes­ti­val?

‘Our young friends David and Florence are hav­ing a ro­man­tic mo­ment’

We will be in the Church of the Holy Cross en­joy­ing the ser­vice of cel­e­bra­tion in hon­our of the coro­na­tion of Her Knit­ted Majesty. With us will be our friend Pene­lope and her grand­daugh­ter Mar­garet Rose.

What knit­ted scenes can vis­i­tors see?

Visit more than a dozen open vil­lage gar­dens where you will find some of our knit­ted friends en­joy­ing fam­ily life in the 1950s. Bar­bara is busy bak­ing in her 50s kitchen as her hus­band Ken­neth mows the lawn. Al­ways an early riser, she al­ready has the laun­dry on the line. Ken­neth is justly proud of his well-kept gar­den and im­mac­u­late lawn. Our young friends David and Florence are hav­ing a ro­man­tic mo­ment. In fact, he is just about to pop the ques­tion. Cause for cel­e­bra­tions in the vil­lage, we think.

When did Cas­ton be­come the cen­tre of the world of knit­ted squares and fab­ric fes­ti­vals?

The first Blos­som and Yarn fes­ti­val was held in 2015 and the sec­ond in 2017, but the com­mit­tee wanted to keep things fresh and said it would be the last – so we ar­rived for a sin­gle-vil­lage event. There is much, much more than knit­ting. It still plays a big part but sewing and craft­ing in other ways have also been in­tro­duced. Artis­tic di­rec­tor Lois Gill and her team have pro­duced the most amaz­ing replica of Queen El­iz­a­beth’s coro­na­tion robes – months and months of work from a small team of knit­ters and em­broi­der­ers. We are a bit jeal­ous and have to say that she is prob­a­bly the star of the show – the em­broi­dery is stun­ning.

Nos­tal­gia with Petal and Purl is on Satur­day June 29 and Sun­day June 30, 10am-5pm. Tick­ets to the whole fes­ti­val are £5 in ad­vance or £7 on day. Un­der 14s free. peta­land­

ABOVE: Madam Petal and Miss Purl RIGHT: Knit­ted Nos­tal­gia; Knit­ted teatime treats

RIGHT: Knit­ted Nos­tal­gia in Cas­ton

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