Euston is a village with none of the usual amenities. First mentioned in the Doomsday book, it did not achieve prominence until purchased and developed by Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington in 1666. Today there is a playing field which is run by the modest village social club, otherwise, no shop, no school, no public house, prima facie therefore, not much happening. It provides a pastoral retreat for its residents which number in the region of 120 on the electoral register, and of these some 15 could be described as regular church communicants, although many more attend on high days and holidays. In other words, a typical rural hamlet, which the 20th century has passed by.
Whilst this is undoubtedly true it masks a close-knit community, with good esprit de corps. and a general commitment to helping one another, and crucially providing manpower and expertise in the various charitable events in support of Church, Hospice and other worthy causes. This effort is led and supported by Their Graces The Duke and Duchess of Grafton who live at Euston Hall, which is central to the village. The Hall is surrounded by the Euston Estate which is principally agricultural and residential and provides local employment. It has a large organised shoot and is a venue for the meets of local Hunts and other equestrian pursuits, in particular International Long Distance Riding competitions. Members of the Duke's family live nearby and play an active part in supporting local events. The Earl of Euston is fully involved in the daily farming and sporting activities, whilst The Countess nurtures glittering award winning examples of the Suffolk Trinity, pedigree Red Poll cattle, Suffolk Punch Heavy horses and Suffolk sheep. As can be seen this is a community which has a deeply rooted rural tradition with most of the inhabitants either Estate workers or former employees or relative newcomers who enjoy the way of life and rural idyll.
Other Parishes have mentioned the Rural Pastimes event, held in the park of Euston Hall, which provides a magnificent annual contribution to the local parishes and charities. Euston is blessed with a beautiful Parish Church, set amid the open parkland adjacent to Euston Hall, which provides a continuing focus for annual events such as the Flower Festival, The Arlington Plate, which is not a horse race (probably ought to be though!) but a fine collection of Church Plate associated with the original owner of Euston Hall, and the well loved and much attended Harvest Supper which in addition to giving thanks for the Harvest is also a happy family occasion for the parishioners. Euston Hall itself is open to the public and for special bookings. Staffed by volunteers, it provides an interesting and informative visit which can also include visits to The Church, Water Mill, shop and tea room. All proceeds are donated to Charity. The reader will be able to glean that Euston, whilst enjoying its historical roots and associations, is also very traditional in its religion. Bible readings are from the King James Version, hymns are Ancient and Modern, prayers from The Book of Common Prayer, and Communion is taken three out of four Sundays. It would be fair to say that, in an ever-changing world, Euston finds much solace from its Church and community and long may it continue.