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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.


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.

Lynn firefighters lead the way in new health campaign

Members of North Lynn Fire Station’s red watch.

King’s Lynn firefighters are leading the way lead the way in encouraging people in Norfolk to make small, achievable changes in 2017 that could make a big difference to their health.

Lots of people indulge in more food and alcohol over the festive period, and resolve to be healthier in January. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the long term can be a challenge, and as a result many people in the county are putting their health at risk. It’s estimated that two thirds of Norfolk residents are now overweight or obese and around 20 per cent of the population are thought to be drinking at a level which increases the risk of damaging their health.

Now people in Norfolk are being urged to check if they could make some small changes to improve their health by taking the One You online quiz at

The quiz, called ‘How Are You’, takes around 10 minutes to complete and asks people a series of lifestyle questions. At the end, people are given a score out of 10 and suggestions for how they could improve their health, as well as links to support them to make these changes.

More than 1.1 million people have taken the quiz so far and been directed, where relevant, to download Public Health England’s free mobile apps like Couch to 5K, Drinks Checker and Easy Meals.

Nearly a quarter of a million people have subsequently downloaded Couch to 5K, which is designed to get people more used to sitting in front of the TV to become runners in just nine weeks. The Drinks Checker app makes it easy to keep an eye on how much alcohol people are consuming and take control with daily tips and feedback, while the Easy Meals app is a great way to plan healthy, easy-to-make meals. All are available to download for free from Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

The One You campaign is particularly aimed at those aged between 40 and 60, as in middle age the risk of having a stroke or developing heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease increases.

Dr Louise Smith, Director of Public Health at Norfolk County Council, said: “This is a great time to make those small changes to your life that will have a big impact on your health in later years. Taking simple steps now can double your chance of being healthy at 70 and beyond.”

Around 40 per cent of all deaths in England are related to everyday habits and behaviours – such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking too much alcohol, not being active enough or continuing to smoke. They also cost the NHS more than £11 billion every year.

Some small changes that most people could make to improve their health and maintain a healthy lifestyle in the long term include:

Building being more active into your daily life – walking or cycling to work, going for a walk at lunchtime, walking to the shops instead of driving. Set yourself a realistic but challenging step or activity target each day and track it using a pedometer or app on your mobile phone.

Replacing unhealthy snacks with fruit and vegetables – if you bring these to work with you, you’re less likely to be tempted to buy chocolate or crisps when you get hungry.

Getting some moral support – it’s far easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle if your friends or family are trying to be healthier too. Start a new sport or exercise class with friends and banish sugary foods from the cupboards at home.

Going alcohol-free on more days in the week – limit the days on which you have alcoholic drinks, particularly if you associate having a glass of wine or a beer with certain everyday activities, like making the dinner or sitting on the sofa in front of the TV.

Getting enough sleep – this has a direct impact on your health, but also on your energy and stress levels, which can make you more likely to make unhealthy choices when you’re awake.

For more information and advice to help you make small changes and lead a healthier life, visit where you can also find a link to the How Are You quiz.

It’s important for firefighters at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) to be fit and healthy in order for them to be able to carry out their potentially life-saving jobs confidently and effectively. However, as people get older it can be more difficult to stay in good shape, and firefighters are no different.

Five firefighters aged 40 and over at King’s Lynn North Fire Station’s Red Watch decided to find out how healthy their lifestyles were and whether they could make any changes for the better by taking the How Are You Quiz.

Clive Wells, 52, is King’s Lynn North’s station manager and has been with NFRS for 26 years. After completing the quiz, he said: “I do an hour’s hard cardio exercise every morning and walk the dogs for an hour a day, so I think I keep fairly fit. I think you have to be more health conscious as you get older, I’m diabetic so without a shadow of a doubt that makes me more aware of the need to stay fit and healthy. My wife organises my diet so I have quite a strict diet to make sure my sugars are kept low, but I would like to lose a couple of pounds so I’ll try to eat a bit less in January.”

Steven Lyden, 41, has been a firefighter for 14 years. He said: “I’m reasonably healthy for someone my age. I bike to work most days, which is a 15 mile round trip, and I actually find it easier in the winter as I don’t get so hot on the bike. I don’t enjoy exercise but for me the motivation is getting to work, and it only takes me five minutes longer than driving, so it forces me to do exercise.

“You get a sense of your own mortality when you hit 40, and I had a bit of a scare a couple of years ago, so I feel better now than I did this time two years ago, just down to cycling and going walking with my wife.”

Lee Broadhurst, 42, is a crew manager at North Lynn Fire Station, and has been a firefighter for 20 years. He said: “I got six out of 10 in the quiz, so I’m alright but could do better and I have been better in the past. My diet’s not very good but that’s usually offset by activity. I’ve got some niggling injuries at the moment so that’s stopping me doing what I’d usually do – I still go kickboxing three times a week, but my injuries are stopping me doing some things I’d usually do there.

“My age is catching up with me a little bit, and it does make me think I should do better to be a bit healthier with my drinking and eating because I have put on some weight recently. Diet-wise, it’s been harder over Christmas as there’s more opportunities to eat food you shouldn’t and going to people’s houses for drinks. I’ve got a horrendous sweet tooth and, because we have kids, there’s been quite a lot of treats around at home because of the time of year. We do exercise together as a family and in the new year we’ll be getting back to the healthy eating as a family too, which will make it easier for me to be healthier.”

Mark Endersby, 42, has been a firefighter for 18 years. He said: “I cycle a lot, and compete in races, but my diet could be better. I eat a lot of fruit but I could eat more vegetables and cut down on processed carbohydrates – they’re quick and easy but I know they’re not the best for you. I want to be able to maintain my fitness and do what I’ve always been able to do on my bike, and it’s not going to get easier as I get older.”

Adam Ellis, 45, is a crew manager at North Lynn Fire Station. He’s been with NFRS for 20 years. He said: “I’m definitely more health conscious than when I was in my 20s. I coach cycling at quite a high level so if I’m telling people what to do I need to be able to do it myself.

“If people want to get into doing more exercise, the best advice I can give is to do it with friends. Cycling’s great because you can go out, cycle to a café and have a coffee and cake and bike back, so it’s really sociable. The quiz flagged up that I could do with doing some more strength work, and it’s something that I have been thinking about, so I should probably do more of that now I’m 45.”

Michael Portillo to give talk in Lynn

Visiting Kings Lynn station in 2014

Michael Portillo will be in appearing at St. George’s Guildhall, King’s Lynn on Tuesday 21 March to give a talk about his life in politics. He will be to give a talk called ‘Life – A Game of Two Halves’.

It took Michael Portillo little more than 10 years to get a seat in the Commons and then rise in power and esteem to a point where he was a favoured leader of his party and possible future PM.

A track record like that suggests to many a privileged friend of the rich and famous with little or no understanding of or care for the ordinary citizen.

But since leaving the house almost a decade ago Michael has endeared himself to many with his obvious respect for solid workmanship and creative energy, as found in our great Victorian Railways, and the daily toil of the working man, as well as the underprivileged (Michael becomes a Single Mum) and the troubled (Death of a School Friend).

A historian at heart, listen to his extraordinary story and then feel free to question him about it.

This is a 90-minute talk with no interval. There will be a book signing before and after the talk.

Life – A Game of Two Halves
Tuesday 21 March 2017
7.30pm • St. George’s Guildhall • £19


Firewalk 2017 – why not take ‘the walk of your life’

Why not challenge yourself in the New Year?

Take the ‘walk of your life’ and hot foot it with local charity Break! Just 20 feet of hot coals lay between you and the experience of a lifetime.

Each particpant will undergo two hours of highly motivational training by the experts from B.L.A.Z.E, getting you ready for a walk over hot burning embers. There is no pre-training before this event, just come along and enjoy!

The event takes place on Thursday 23 February 2017 at West Lynn Social Club. Register from 4pm, training starts at 5:30pm sharp, and the walk takes place at 7:30pm.

There are prizes for the top fundraisers on the night,and participants who sign up before January 15th are entitled to a reduced fee of £10.

All sponsor forms will be provided, with extra fundraising posters and collecting pots available if required. Fund raisers can take part in the event as a team – it is a great motivational event and a super team builder!

This is event is in conjunction with Sainsburys King’s Lynn Town Centre.

Click on THIS LINK to register.

Contact for more information.

New A17 Speed Cameras go live from Monday

The new recently installed average Safety Camera System on the A17 road, west of Kings Lynn will be switched on with effect from 9th January 2017. This means that the cameras will be enforcing and capturing speeding motorists from this date.

Anne Pointin – Road Safety and Safety Camera Manager said: “These cameras have been installed by the Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership, supported by Norfolk Police, Norfolk County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk. This piece of road has double the national average for casualties on rural A Class Roads, and the high accident severity is indicative of high traffic speeds. 35% of these casualties are motorcyclists and the new cameras are designed to capture both motor vehicles and motor cyclists.”

Average Safety Camera Systems are proven nationally to reduce casualties and help towards making the roads safer for those travelling and working within Norfolk.

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, added: “Road safety is a big concern for many of Norfolk’s residents, with excessive speed being one of the Fatal 4 factors which put our road users at risk.

“Enforcement of the law, alongside sustained education and awareness, will help keep our county’s roads safer for all who use them, and speed cameras have an important role to play in that.”

King’s Lynn Festival News – Fringe Events

The King’s Lynn Festival team are reaching out to event organisers across King’s Lynn and West Norfolk to submit details of any music, arts or cultural events they are planning for next July.

Each year dozens of fringe events are included in the Festival’s main brochure and featured on the Festival’s website to encourage more people to attend.

If you are planning an art exhibition, a music recital, a craft activity, a dance workshop, a guided walk, a historical talk or any similar activity, please contact the Festival Office on 01553 767557 or book in your event online at

Local retailer donates £20,000 to East Anglian Air Ambulance

Discount retailer B&M has donated £20,000 to East Anglian Air Ambulance to help them be able to operate and provide care for people across the East of England, 365 days a year.

The Charity currently operates two ambulances to provide lifesaving rapid response emergency care and since they launched in 2000 they have attended over 19,000 missions, touching the lives of many thousands of people.

Alastair Wilson, Medical Director at East Anglian Air Ambulance, said: “This year we have to raise over 11 million pounds to keep our crew in the air. B&M’s donation will help fuel and equip our helicopters to provide A&E level care to critically ill patients at the scene of their accident. We are very grateful for their generous gift.”

The funds were raised from carrier bag charges in local stores throughout East Anglia, since the mandatory carrier bag charging was introduced in England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland last year B&M stores across the country have raised more than £650,000 in total – with a whopping £100,000 of the fund is being donated to the Association of Air Ambulances alone.

B&M’s Area Manager, Jeremy Robins, said: “My team chose East Anglian Air Ambulance because they’re a fantastic charity who deserve this cash boost. They rely on the generosity of the public and what better way to help out than with how great is it that local shoppers can give back to the community by helping saving the lives of others.”

Christmas comes early for Aiden

from L to R Leo Jones, Youngsters World’s Paul Sanderson, Aiden Jones, and Vancouver Quarter Centre Manager Abbie Panks. Photo by Paul Tibbs

Eight-year-old Aiden Jones got an early Christmas present last week when he was given £250 to spend on toys in King’s Lynn town centre.

The Whitefriars Church Of England Primary Academy pupil was the winner of the Town Centre Halloween trail prize draw after he visited all 20 stamp stations around town during the annual event on October 31.

With the season of goodwill upon us, the Stoke Ferry youngster decided to split his prize with brother Leo, nine, and with his and his sibling’s classmates before they visited Youngsters World, in Norfolk Street, to choose their toys and games.

His mum, Mandy, said: “We really enjoyed the Halloween trail – Aiden and Leo particularly liked the stilt-walking bats and the band – and most of all, they felt like they’d got something out of taking part in this event, which is so important.

“It was a bit of a surprise when I got the call to say Aiden had won £250 to spend on toys, and he straight away decided that he was going to share this prize with his brother and also his classmates.

“He got board games for his class and Leo’s so they’d have something new to play with during wet play times at Whitefriars and so the other kids didn’t feel left out.

“He then let Leo choose a couple of bits for himself and he also got a board game for his Nan before he decided what he wanted for himself. He’s always been selfless.”

Aiden added: “I also liked going on the Halloween Trail because we visited lots of shops and I had my map stamped at everyone we went to. I was really happy when my mum told me I had won lots of toys.”

Vancouver Quarter centre manager Abbie Panks was pleased to meet and hear of Aiden’s selflessness.

“Aiden was such a lovely boy and it was very touching to see that he not only got a present for his class but also for Leo and his brother’s class,” she said. “I was also pleased to hear how much Aiden and Leo had enjoyed taking part in this year’s Halloween event.

“Free town-wide events, like Halloween, really encourage people to take in parts of the town they perhaps haven’t visited before so to hear Aiden and his family being so complimentary about all the retailers was great to hear.”

She added: “I’d also like to thank everyone who took part in our Halloween event this year. We’re still receiving plenty of positive feedback from parents and we’re already looking to make next year’s event bigger and better than ever.”

*Late Night Shopping continues tomorrow with performances from pupils at West Lynn Primary and Glebe House on Baxter’s Plain (near Argos and Costa Coffee). Then on Thursday December 15, Elfish Pressie and the Christmas Crackers are returning, by popular demand, to perform in the centre from 3.30pm.

There’s also a Christmas Fairies workshop which is being run from 3pm to 6pm as well as carol singing on Baxter’s Plain from pupils at King’s Lynn Academy, Reffley School, and West Lynn Primary and people from the Church in the Woottons, the Gateway Church and the King’s Lynn Christian Fellowship Church.

The final Late Night Shopping evening on December 22 will see the Ukulele Elves perform in the shopping centre from 3.30pm with the King’s Lynn Town Band playing on Baxter’s Plain from 6pm.

The following retailers will also remain open until 8pm during the final three Thursday evenings: Argos, Bargain Buys, Blue Inc, Card Factory, Cards Direct, Claire’s, Costa, Ikon, Lavitta, New Look, Peacocks, Poundland, Select, Sports Direct, Superdrug, The Perfume Shop, Tiger, TK Maxx, Trespass, Warren James, Wilko, Wimpy, Yours, Sainsbury’s. Ann Summers will remain open each Late Night Shopping evening until 6.30pm.

Children’s choir to entertain shoppers in King’s Lynn

Shoppers in King’s Lynn will be brought some extra extra festive cheer this Saturday (10 December), by West Norfolk Youth Choir. The choir will be performing a range of songs, including some Christmas favourites, at Marks and Spencer, King’s Lynn, from 10.30am to 11.30am.

There is no charge to shoppers, who can drop in for as much of the performance as they wish. There will be a collection, and any funds raised will be shared between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and West Norfolk Music Centre, both of which are charities whose work benefits local people.

The Youth Choir is part of West Norfolk Music Centre, and it rehearses on Saturday mornings at Springwood High School. The choir is open to all children and young people between 7 and 14 years of age, and new members are always welcome.

Members of the choir will also join with ensemble musicians from the Music Centre on Sunday 18 December in the foyer of Tesco Hardwick, King’s Lynn.

Derek Stringer, Chairman of West Norfolk Music Centre, said, “We are always very pleased to be invited to perform in public and to support other charitable causes where we can. Our young singers are gaining confidence and the choir continues to grow.”

New B&M Store opening Friday

bm-bargains-becktonFriday 25 November at 9am will see the long awaited opening of the new B&M Kings Lynn store, on the Pierpoint Retail Park.

Local representatives from Hospital Radio Lynn will be taking centre stage as they officially unveil the new B&M store alongside the local mayor, Cllr David Whitby.

Hospital Radio Lynn’s aim is to help relieve the boredom and isolation a stay in hospital can cause. Patients not only hear a favourite piece of music but also benefit from the company of one of our ward visitors and enjoy a laugh with some of our presenters. A nationwide study has proven that the feeling of emotional wellbeing created by the services it provides, relieves sickness and infirmity and helps patients to heal faster.

The new store manager, Tracy Shippam, said: “The team from Hospital Radio Lynn really stood out for us as they go the extra mile for the community, we wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they do.

“We hope that our donation can help them to continue the great work they do.”
She also commented: “The new team have been working really hard to get the store ready for opening day and we can’t wait to get the doors open on Friday and show customers their new B&M Kings Lynn.”

On Saturday 26 November there will also be a facepainter in store to transform customers into their favourite super heroes, animals or characters.
The store has undergone a comprehensive internal and external refurbishment programme and created more than 60 new jobs for local people.

B&M is one of the UK’s fastest growing retailers and customers can expect to find a wide variety of branded products including toys, food & drink, home ware, pet products, health & beauty and seasonal ranges.

King’s Lynn Christmas Lights Switch-On 2016

Christmas Lights in New Conduit Street. Photo: Calendar Club

Christmas Lights in New Conduit Street. Photo: Calendar Club

The Big King’s Lynn’s Christmas lights switch-on will be an afternoon of festive fun from 12noon to 4:30pm on Sunday 20 November.

The Big Switch-on begins at noon, with street entertainers performing around the town centre.

Also strolling around the town will be the festive Fairy Tale Prince and Princesses. They’re back by popular demand after their phenomenal success at last year’s switch-on.

Youngsters shouldn’t forget to pay a visit to Father Christmas in his grotto on New Conduit Street in the Vancouver Quarter.

Mums, dads and grandparents can come and meet the afternoon’s special guest, Paul Barber: ‘Denzil’ in the beloved BBC comedy ‘Only Fools and Horses’. Paul also appeared in the hit comedy film ‘The Full Monty’.

From 2pm the Tuesday Market Place will be abuzz with live entertainment as the main stage opens. KLFM’s Simon Rowe, Charles Dennett and Ross Garrigan will host a selection of special guests and live entertainment, including some top local bands.
There will also be funfair rides for the little ones, as part of this afternoon of fun for all the family.

From 4pm the Prince and Princesses and Father Christmas will join Si, Charles and Ross on the Tuesday Market Place stage.

Cinderella and the Ugly Sisters, stars of Cinderella, this year’s pantomime at the Alive Corn Exchange, will also be on stage, after saying hello in the town centre to get everyone truly in the Christmas spirit.

The countdown will begin, and shortly after 4pm, the switch-on will be done by the Mayor, Cllr David Whitby, and the Mayoress, Mrs Linda Whitby.

The switch-on event is organised by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and the Vancouver Quarter Shopping Centre.

Tuesday Market Place

Tuesday Market Place

Norfolk Street

Norfolk Street


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