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Juggling Jim beers raise £500 for charity

Iconic Lynn busker Anthony Bowen, better known to many locals as Juggling Jim, sadly passed away on the 23rd of January 2017. In remembrance, Beers of Europe paired up with local brewery The Norfolk Brewhouse, to dedicate a Gold, Ruby and Amber Ale to the much loved entertainer with 100% of the profits going to charity.

The charity was then announced as the Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company, a group that contributes to the Kings Lynn’s art and entertainment scene by welcoming those of all ages and abilities to join and perform, giving them a stage to show the very best of themselves.

After four months of selling the limited edition Juggling Jim beers, they are pleased to announce that £500 has been raised in his name, for a charity we are sure he would be pleased to support.

David Holliday, brewer at The Norfolk Brewhouse said, “ We are delighted that the customer response to the Juggling Jim beer has been so positive, not only is it a fitting way to honour a much-loved local character but a local charity were able to benefit. We did the easy bit in brewing the beer and were just happy to work on the project when asked by the team at Beers of Europe. Two local business working together to help a local charity, I’ll raise a glass to that and to Jim!”

Jason Clark, director for Beers of Europe commented, “We wanted to find a way to remember Anthony and help the community at the same time. A charity beer was the most obvious route for us to go down, and thanks to The Norfolk Brewhouse, we are delighted with the outcome.”

By selling the brew in Beers of Europe’s shop, as well as online, they were able to reach a substantial amount in Anthony Bowen’s memory. The prominent display in the shop offered many a discussion, encouraged by the beers, remembering his famous attire and discussing tales about his life, all while raising money for a local charity which epitomises everything King’s Lynn will miss about Juggling Jim.

Local brewery The Norfolk Brewhouse are based in Hindringham and produce high quality beers using local ingredients. Beers of Europe, Britain’s largest beer shop, sell over 5000 types of beers, ciders, wines and spirits.

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Restored “Baden Powell” to sail on the Ouse again

The Baden Powell as it was …

The rejuvenated vessel Baden Powell is set to sail the Ouse again in August.

Volunteers have been busy working on the boat at Terrington St John and will transfer the vessel to King’s Lynn Docks in July for final preparations.

On an appropriate August tide Baden Powell will come through the dock entrance and into her normal home, the River Great Ouse. There will be a naming ceremony for the boat at the pontoons near Marriotts Warehouse and Hanse House. Lynn’s historic boat will then tie up to a buoy in the public eye off the quay.

In September the first passengers will join the Baden Powell at the pontoons and go up and down the river to learn of the importance of the river to the establishment of the town and its prosperity as a trading port from the 11th Century or before.

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Father’s Day Workshop will bring fun to town centre.

Families are being invited into the Vancouver Quarter on Saturday 17 June to attend a special Father’s Day workshop.

Following the success of their Mother’s Day workshop, children will be able to make trophies and decorate plaques to help the shopping centre celebrate all the amazing dads in town.

Running from 10am to 3pm in the unit opposite to Wilko in New Conduit Street, this free drop-in session is perfect for little ones to make a handmade surprise for their dad. It is suitable for children aged between three and eight years old but they must be supervised by adults at all times.

“Our Father’s Day workshop will be ensure kids have a fun-filled time in the he​art of King’s Lynn,” said Vancouver Quarter’s marketing and events assistant David Blackmore. “This workshop is designed to bring some fun to the town centre but will also give parents some free activities to do with their children whilst also supporting the town centre.

“There will be plenty of other free events in the Vancouver Quarter this year, including the return of our very popular Halloween event and Christmas Grotto. ​Follow us Twitter, like our page on Facebook and keep an eye on our website for details of events when they are confirmed.”

Water Ski racing on the Ouse

For the third year running the Historic waterfront of King’s Lynn and the river Great Ouse will play host to the Hanseatic Water Ski Race. The event has grown in stature each year and is now ranking as one of the best venues in the UK and Europe.

This year’s event will see the return of Formula 1, 2 and 3 water-ski racing to the South Quay with racing on Saturday 17 June and Sunday 18 June.

Six races will be staged each day over the two days including an under 8s race which was new and very well received at last year’s event, with competitors travelling from far and wide to take part.

The Hanseatic Race has firmly established itself and now in its third year matches the famous Diamond Race which takes place in the Hanseatic town of Antwerp in Belgium.

There will also be fun family activities happening on the quayside across both days. These will include food stalls, sweet stalls and ice cream, an outside BBQ and bar, face-painting, and more. Costumed characters will also be on hand to join in the fun.

The races will start at 10:00am each day through until 3:00pm with full details of the schedule published at www.kingslynnskirace.co.uk.

Jason Russell, president of Hunstanton Ski Club and chairman of the Hanseatic Ski Race, said: “Anyone who witnessed last year’s event first hand will want to come back for more and see this breath-taking spectacle again. Highly tuned power boats reaching speeds of 100mph plus, at the same time demonstrating the skill of the boat crews enhanced by the courage and fitness of the skiers being pulled behind. It’s rare to be able to see the racing from such a great vantage point, as most races take place at sea. This Ski race just gets better and will continue to go from strength to strength – it’ll be loud, exciting, and most of all, unforgettable.”

Picnic On The Park 2017

The popular North Wootton event ‘Picnic On the Park’ is back again for another year.

Featuring local bands and performers, food and drink stalls, rides, inflatables and activities, local traders and charities. A great free family fun day out. Free parking at North Wootton School, PE30 3PT.

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Pop-Up Volunteer Centre

As part of volunteers week, the Vancouver Quarter are hosting a special pop-up volunteer centre on Tuesday 6 June at 27 New Conduit Street, opposite Wilko Kings Lynn.

Visitors can pop in for a chat anytime between 10am and 4pm and find out about what options are available.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to expand your skills, meet new people and make a difference in your community.

For more information about the opportunities available – ranging from museums, heritage, conservation, driving, fundraising, befriending, health and care, and retail – visit www.voluntarynorfolk.org.uk/opportunities​

New “Mini Meet” in the Market Place

With just three months to go ’til the council’s newest summer event – Mini Meet in the Market Place – event organisers are encouraging owners of these much-loved motors to register for the event.

Cllr Brian Long, Leader of the Council, said “People hold these iconic cars in their hearts with such fondness I thought it would be great to fill the Tuesday Market Place with them. It gives owners a rare opportunity to show off their pride and joy in a town centre location. Any make or model of Mini – new or old welcome. We want to create a real spectacle for people to come and see.”

The event takes place from 10am to 3pm on Sunday, 27 August 2017.

Live music, entertainment and trade stalls will make this a great family day out for all Mini owners and enthusiasts.

Cllr Brian Long, added, said: “This event builds on the success of our classic car show, which has become a real feature of our events programme. The Mini holds a special place in British pop culture; from starring in The Italian Job in the swinging Sixties to its reinvention as a modern classic today. So if you own a Mini, come and show it off! We’ll be awarding prizes for the Judges’ Choice and the People’s Favourite.”

Anyone wishing to show off their Mini should register online at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/minimeet

Local History Week at True’s Yard

Local History day is held at True’s Yard on the 1st Saturday in June every year. This year they decided to go one step further and hold an entire week dedicated to the incredible history of this town.

Tuesday 30th May- Free Family Fun Day at St Nicholas’ Chapel
Time travelling games, trail, dressing-up, puppets, prize draw, homemade cake and more. Suitable for all ages. Drop in between 10.30am – 2.00pm. True’s Yard along with many other organisations will have a stall at the Chapel with loads of historical games and activities.

Wednesday 31st May- North End Guided Tour 2pm £5
What better way to get to know your local history than to walk the streets and see the marks our ancestors left on the landscape? Hear the remarkable stories of the people of the North End and round it all off with a cup of complimentary tea or coffee in the newly restored Georgian Tearoom.

Thursday 1st June – 1pm-2pm Live History Theatre Workshop £5
All the way from Canada Live History are coming to True’s Yard! Live History workshops offer hands on experiences in theatre, mystery building, artefact identification, history lessons, and a Q+A with the Live History Team. Limited places so booking advised.

6pm- 7pm CIRCA- True’s Yard meets Night at the Museum! £10
An adventure through time! You meet a strange figure in historical dress who has no clue who they are. Help them avoid the security guard and discover their identity! Limited places booking advised.

Friday 2nd June – Exhibition Opening Historic Crimes 12noon
Pirates, Smugglers, Murderers and Vagabonds- their stories are all here in the latest exhibition. Why not join the rogues gallery and have your mug shot taken?

Saturday 3rd June- Family History Class with tutors Vic and Val £3 and Guided Walk 12noon £5
Includes a complimentary drink.

For more information or to book tickets call 01553 770479 or email info@truesyard.co.uk

Spring Plant & Craft Fair 2017

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk’s Spring Plant & Craft Fair returns to the Tuesday Market Place in King’s Lynn from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May.

This popular event returns with a wide range of stalls, demonstrations and workshops that will appeal to both keen gardeners and families in search of a fun day out, including:

  • Plant/craft stalls
  • Children’s activities/craft workshops
  • Chainsaw carving demonstrations
  • Drop-in plant/tree surgery
  • West Norfolk & King’s Lynn Beekeeper’s Association (with observation hive)
  • Norfolk’s Master Composters

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said “Our Spring Plant & Craft Fair has something for everyone, whether you look after acres or just a window-box. A new addition this year is a visit from the RSPB: gardens are a haven for our feathered friends and you can learn how to encourage them. The Plant Fair once again coincides with the Hanse Festival, so there really will be lots to do and see in King’s Lynn town centre that weekend”.

The free activity and craft workshops are for all ages, but children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

Hanse Festival 2017

Another Medieval Market is planned.

Two days of exciting events and activities have been organised to celebrate International Hanse Day and the 12th anniversary of King’s Lynn’s membership of the new Hanse on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May.

During the festival, there will be a rare chance to see inside the incomparable Elizabethan tower at Clifton House. The owners of this historic merchant’s house are opening the tower especially for the festival. A small fee is payable.

Hanse Walks will explore the fascinating history of King’s Lynn’s links with the Hanseatic ports. The walks will be led by Kings’ Lynn Town Guides, and will be an hour-long tour of the town’s key Hanseatic buildings. The walks are free to attend but must be pre-booked through the Tourist Information Centre. Both walks take place on Saturday 20 May.

The History and Archaeology Symposium comprises a lecture and a book launch at Marriott’s Warehouse. The Lecture by Robert Kenny shines a light on medieval ships and trade and in particular tells the fascinating story of the Newport ship. Tickets are £3 and must be booked from True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum. After the lecture Cllr Nick Daubney will be launching a new book ‘Six Essays in Hanseatic History’. The book, published by Poppyland, is based on talks given by historians at previous Hanse Festivals.

Hanse Musik, an hour-long concert celebrating King’s Lynn’s Hanseatic, nautical and fishing heritage, takes place in All Saints Church at 5pm on 20 May.

On Saturday at 5pm, the focus of the festival moves to King’s Staithe Square, where an evening of live music begins. A line-up of international acts will perform until 10.00pm including Georgia Shackleton Trio, Victor Menace and Trad.Attack.

Estonian band Trad.Attack

On the second day of the festival, Sunday 21 May the programme of events is even more extensive. There will be fun activities for children at the town hall. Children can make a cardboard Hanse ship (cog) with local Artist Emma Jarvis. Meet a medieval trader’s wife, and find out what was being traded from where, in the time of the Hanse. They will also be able to make a medieval circle braid to take home.

The ever-popular medieval dancing in the Stone Hall at the town hall will return – delighting audiences and getting everyone tapping their toes.

Live music will take place on Sunday in King’s Staithe Square from 1pm to 6pm. Local band the Fried Pirates will be first up, followed by Remi Harris Trio, Ruth Theodore and Band and Flats and Sharps.

Cllr Nick Daubney, English Commissioner for the Hanseatic League and borough council cabinet member, said: “Since we began holding a Hanse Festival, it has drawn attention to King’s Lynn’s rich Hanseatic heritage, and celebrated our links with the modern league. Historically the waterfront has been crucial to Lynn’s trade and the festival gets people into the area, to reflect on its past and think about its future. I hope this year, that many of our colleagues and acquaintances from the Hanse, who live here, will come and join the celebrations with us. I am delighted that we have been able to use our strong Hanseatic links to build effective business networks.”

Honorary Alderman and Local Historian Dr Paul Richards said: “The Hanse Festival celebrates Lynn’s maritime heritage and how it is alive today inspiring us to make the most of our exceptional port town for the future.”

Saturday May 20 – Timetable of events

11:00 to 15:00 Clifton Tower 17 Queen Street
From noon Skiff display and try rows King’s Staithe Square
12.00 and 20.00 tbc Medieval Market King’s Staithe Square
11:00 and 14:00 Hanse Walks & Talks Custom House & Marriott’s Warehouse
from noon Newport Ship King Staithe Square
15:00 to 22:00 BBQ & drinks King Staithe Square
15:00 to 22:00 Coffee & Cake King’s Staithe Square
17:00 to 18:00 Hanse Musik concert All Saints Church
18:00 to 22:30 Live music King’s Staithe Square
22.00 Fireworks King’s Staithe Square

Sunday May 21 – Timetable of events

10:00 to 16:00 Fun activities for children Stone Hall – King’s Lynn Town Hall
11:00 to 18:00 Medieval market King Staithe Square
11:00 to 15:00 Medieval dancing Stone Hall – King’s Lynn Town Hall
12:00 to 18:00 Live music King’s Staithe Square
14:00 to 16:00 Clifton Tower 17 Queen Street
from noon Newport Ship Exhibition King Staithe Square
12:00 to 18:00 BBQ & drinks King Staithe Square
10:30 to 13:00 & 13:00 – 16:00 Coffee & cake King’s Staithe Square

www.kingslynnhansefestival.co.uk

Road closure details

South Quay will be closed from 3pm until midnight on Saturday 20 May and from 11am until 7pm on Sunday 21 May.

Alliance to push for further improvements to the A47

Plans would mean dualling of the A47 between Tilney and East Winch.

The A47 Alliance is to push for further investment from central government to make much-needed improvements to the A47, including dualling much of the route.

Highways England, the government company charged with operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads, is shortly set to reveal a set of proposals to make improvements to the A47 in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. Central government has already committed to funding these improvements, which largely consist of making improvements to junctions along the route, with construction set to begin in 2020.

The A47 Alliance, which brings together the business community, local authorities, MPs and others, will now focus its efforts on getting a commitment from central government for further improvements. The priority improvements agreed by the A47 Alliance are:

· Dualling Acle Straight to Great Yarmouth
· Dualling Tilney to East Winch (including Hardwick flyover dualling) in King’s Lynn
· Dualling Guyhirn to Wisbech,
· Junction improvements at:
– A1101 Elm High Roundabout and B198 East and West in Wisbech
– Eye Roundabout
– Junction 15 and Junction 18 in Peterborough.

If funding for these improvements is secured, work could get under way between 2020 and 2025.

www.a47alliance.co.uk

Award winning photo taken in Lynn

A photo taken in King’s Lynn has won first prize in a competition held at the Swaffham Camera Club.

The stunning abstract called “Waterfront Window” was taken by club member Jack Mitchell, and is a view through one of the optical installations created for the town by French designer Thibault Zambeaux.

The “Archilense” is located near the Custom House.

Archilense is part of the “Art, Cities and Landscape” project set up by the Maison de la Culture of Amiens in partnership with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

Archilense is a series of three optical installations, equal in size, each one of them opens a window onto the Kings Lynn landscape, making use of the properties of Fresnel lenses in order to better transform the view on the approach of the passer-by.

These optical instruments, inlaid into panels, are often used in lighthouses and turn the surrounding landscape into a distorted prism.

The other two installations can be viewed in each of the market squares in the town.

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King’s Lynn Mart 2017



This year the King’s Lynn Mart runs from Tuesday 14th Feb till Sat 25th Feb.

Family Day (all rides reduced) is on Wednesday 15th February.

Opening times for the Period Tuesday 14th to Sat 19th will be Noon till late.
The Mart is closed on Sundays.

The official opening is 12 noon Tuesday the 14th on the Tuesday Market Place, which is preceded by a civic parade through town. Come and join the crowd and see the official opening of the oldest Fair in the UK.

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Video ~ Protecting King’s Lynn from flooding


A short film to show how the Environment Agency helps protect Kings Lynn from flooding.

Snow warning for Norfolk


The Met Office has issued a Yellow Alert for snow in Norfolk on Friday.

Showers of snow, sleet and hail are possible. 2 to 4 cm of snow may affect some areas.

Disruption to transport networks seems likely either due to snow or ice. Additionally, strong winds and large waves will affect some coastal areas.

Freezing night time temperatures are expected over the weekend.

Dolphins seen in the river

Photo: Kevin Elfleet


Several short beaked dolphins have been photographed swimming along the River Great Ouse.

They are thought to have followed a school of fish in from the Wash. They are also known for swimming along with boats and particularly for riding the wave formed at a boat’s bow.

Short-beaked common dolphins are normally found in warm tropical waters, they are known to live in areas of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southeast Indian Ocean.

Dolphins were once very common in our river, going back to the medieval period. We were also renowned for having quantities of sturgeon in the river.

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