Life in wartime Congham is focus of Holkham Hall talk

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A personal insight into life in a West Norfolk village during the First World War will be the subject of a fascinating talk forming part of Holkham Hall’s commemorations of the conflict.

The talk will focus on a diary kept by Honor Elwes, who lived in Congham and was aged 28 at the outbreak of the Great War, recording historic events as they unfolded as well as covering daily happenings in the village.

She wrote about the fate of Norfolk’s youth in wartime including the heroic adventures of her sister Win who left home to drive ambulances in France and won the Military Medal for her bravery, the highest award possible for a woman.

Those days and events will be recalled by Honor’s great niece, Juliet Webster, in her talk “Leaves from Honor’s Diary 1914-18” in the Saloon at Holkham on Friday, April 4.

Tickets for the event cost £18 which will include a donation to the Army Benevolent Fund. There will be a glass of wine during the interval and the chance to see some of the other state rooms in the hall.

Doors will open at 6pm with the talk scheduled to start at 6.45pm, and prior to the talk there will be an opportunity to view Holkham’s 2014 exhibition Duty Calls 1914-1918.

Tickets can be purchased by telephoning the ticket office on 01328 713111 or by visiting the website