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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

 

The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge comes to King’s Lynn!

rickshaw-challenge-teamKing’s Lynn is preparing to welcome The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge!

The Rickshaw Challenge will cover a 470-mile journey along the east coast of Britain, stopping off in King’s Lynn on Wednesday 16 November. From 7pm to 8pm The One Show’s Matt Baker will present regular live broadcasts from King’s Staithe Square, near the Custom House.

Setting off on Friday 11 November in the Scottish Borders, the team will work their way down the east coast in a bid to cross the finish line in London on Friday 18 November, in time for the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show.

This rickshaw will be pedalled by six young riders, all of whom have been supported by BBC Children in Need-funded projects. Matt Baker will be on the road cycling alongside the team, while his co-presenter Alex Jones will be following every step of the way live from the studio.

Now in its sixth year, the Rickshaw Challenge has raised more than £12 million for BBC Children in Need.

The One Show viewers will be able to follow Team Rickshaw’s progress on the show each day, but the full route – including a real-time update of the rickshaw’s progress – is also available at pudsey.viewranger.com

To support the challenge, you can donate either £5 or £10 by text. To donate £5 text the word TEAM to 70405. To donate £10 text TEAM to 70410. Texts will cost your donation plus the standard network message change.

Remembrance Sunday to be marked in Tower Gardens

2014 Remembrance 2The annual wreath-laying ceremony will take place in the Tower Gardens, King’s Lynn on Sunday, 13 November, to mark remembrance Sunday.

Local people will gather to pay their respects to all those who have lost their lives in the two World Wars and since 1945 up to the present day. Once again a very large public attendance is expected.

It will be a particularly poignant event this year as it marks the 100th anniversary of 2 significant battles in WW1. The Naval Battle of Jutland which resulted in the loss of 6000 Naval Personnel and the battle of The Somme which was one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War which saw more than one million men wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The first day on the Somme was, in terms of casualties, also the worst day in the history of the British army, which suffered 57,470 casualties.

The event will start with a parade from Saturday Market Place along St James’s Street to the Tower Gardens. The parade will be led by veterans from all three armed services and any veteran wishing to be included in this should arrive at Saturday Market Place by 10.15am.

The Mayor, Cllr David Whitby, will lead a procession of civic representatives from the Town Hall to the War Memorial where he, along with representatives from various organisations, will lay a wreath. Over 50 wreaths will be laid this year, following which prayers will be led by The Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn.

The King’s Lynn Town Band will play solemn music in the Tower Gardens from 10.45am and the civic procession will leave from the Town Hall at 10.48 am, followed by the general procession, consisting of members of the Royal British Legion, a contingent from Royal Air Force Marham, and members of the Sea, Army, Air, and Police Cadet Forces.

The bugler will play The Last Post, signalling the beginning of the two-minute silence and the start of the ceremony at 11 am.

Following the ceremony, at approximately 11.45 am, the civic procession will parade to King’s Lynn Minster, where a service will be conducted by the Reverend Canon Christopher Ivory.

Elsewhere in the borough, wreaths will be laid to mark the occasion.

Sports Direct opens new store in Lynn

sports-directSports Direct has relocated from its old store on the High Street to the Vancouver Shopping Centre.

The new and improved 11,000 sq ft store opened to the public on Tuesday 25th October, with dedicated areas for Football, Running, Fashion, Outdoor, Golf and more.

A spokesperson for Sports Direct said: “We offer something for everybody and we’re very proud to open a new store in a great location like King’s Lynn.

“The store is part of our commitment to developing elevated sports and lifestyle retail space, catering for greater integration of key brands.”

Established in 1982, Sports Direct now has over 400 stores nationwide and a thriving digital platform.

Halloween spooktacular in King’s Lynn

halloween-spooktacular-is-returning-to-kings-lynn-on-october-31Families are being invited to get dressed up in their Halloween costumes and head to the heart of King’s Lynn on Monday 31 October for a Halloween spooktacular.

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and the Vancouver Quarter have once again teamed up to celebrate Halloween with a special trail around the town centre.

Between 3pm and 5.30pm, children and their parents should go to Halloween HQ on Baxter’s Plain, opposite Argos and Costa Coffee, to collect a special Halloween map before making their way around the town centre collecting stamps from retailers as they go.

Those who collect at least 15 stamps will be rewarded with a goodie bag on their arrival back at Halloween HQ on Baxter’s Plain. Those who collect all 20 stamps are also being entered into a prize draw to win £250 to spend on toys.

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Quarter centre manager, said “This is one of the highlights of the year for the centre and we once again look forward to welcoming hundreds of children and their families to this year’s event.

“The event is so well supported every year and It’s a great opportunity for the town to work together to provide yet another fun and free event”

Councillor Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for Culture, Heritage and Health, added: “This is another great, free event for King’s Lynn town centre, which follows on from our successful programme of events this summer.

“I hope many families will come into town and get into the ‘spirit’ of the occasion. We’re all looking forward to seeing the children (and their parents) dressed in the Halloween costumes.

“It’s a great way to have some Halloween fun, in a safe environment and to help support local high street retailers. And if that’s not enough, one lucky child will win £250 to spend on toys in the town.”

Fawkes in The Walks 2016

Last year's fireworks display at Fawkes in The Walks

Last year’s fireworks display at Fawkes in The Walks

Fawkes in The Walks, King’s Lynn’s annual free firework display returns on Friday 4 November.

Now in its eighth year, the spectacular display is a highlight of the town’s winter events calendar and this year’s event promises to be just as impressive. Thousands of local residents, and visitors from near and far, gather in Lynn’s beautiful park, The Walks, to see a traditional bonfire, and a dazzling firework display.

The fun will begin at 6pm, when the park will be packed with stalls and rides. At 6.30pm the borough mayor, Cllr David Whitby will light the bonfire, and the main firework display is scheduled to begin at 8pm.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “The Walks makes a fantastic venue for this popular event, giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy an amazing firework display in a controlled and safe environment. Fawkes in the Walks is the perfect way for the whole family to celebrate Bonfire Night”.

Fawkes in The Walks is organised by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, and is free to attend. A voluntary collection will be made on the evening to help cover the cost of the event, and every donation is appreciated. Charges may be made for other activities.

Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

People are advised not to bring pets to the park during the evening.
This is an organised display. Private fireworks are not permitted in The Walks.

The entrance to The Walks from Seven Sisters/Extons Road will be closed on the evening from 7:45pm, and anyone planning to enter the park from that end is advised to use the Tennyson Avenue entrance instead.

People planning to attend the event are advised to listen to 96.7 KLFM on the evening, as cancellation information, should it be necessary, will be announced there.

Money available for local charities

bni-logoWest Norfolk business group, BNI Hanse, is seeking local charities for a share of the group’s fundraising money.

BNI Hanse is a network of more than 30 of the area’s leading businesses and during October and November the members are raising money for local charities. When guests attend the weekly breakfast meetings their fee will be put into the donation pot, and any member can ‘employ’ the group’s mascot Bill the Bear who will donate his fee to the charity fund.

Gary Pooley, BNI Hanse Vice President and owner of Steele Media Marketing & Design, said: “The philosophy of the group is that ‘Givers Gain’ and our members benefit by giving business opportunities to each other. We would like to give back to the local community and are therefore raising money for local charities in the run up to Christmas.

“We are inviting local charities to get in touch with us so we can decide who to donate the money to, and we are also giving other local businesses that would like to get involved an opportunity to come along to our group, meet our members and promote their company.”

Charities that would like to be nominated as beneficiaries and businesses that would like to get involved are asked to contact Gary on 01553 886388 or email: gary@steelemedia.co.uk as soon as possible.

BNI (Business Network International) is a referral marketing organisation with a mission to help members increase their business through a structured, positive, and professional referral marketing programme. BNI Hanse is consistently the best performing chapter in Norfolk and meets in the Globe on King’s Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place every Tuesday morning.

www.bnikingslynn.co.uk

Scenes of King’s Lynn on display

kings-lynn-ezone-photosA Superb Photography Exhibition of Scenes of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk will go on display at Greyfriars Artspace this Tuesday.

The photos were produced by members of the Photography Group of Ezone and Forward, a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities

This inspiring show will be open at Greyfriars Art Space, 43 St James Street, King’s Lynn from this coming Tuesday, 4 October until Thursday, 6 October from 10am-4pm.

greyfriarsartspace.co.uk

Memories of childhood at Lynn Museum

little-lives-posterWhat are your memories of childhood? What were your schooldays like? What childhood games did you like to play?

A new exhibition at the Lynn Museum touches on the stories of childhood over the last two centuries. Childhood objects from the museum collections together with photographs and paintings offer snapshots of the changing experience of childhood.

Four local children from the last 200 years were chosen to illustrate Little Lives.

The first child is Beatrice Monement. She was a child in the 1850s and 1860s, one of a large family. She used a dolls house made by her father and played the games of croquet and chess with her sister. The Monement family dolls house is on show as well as a photograph of Beatrice’s mother and brother at the woodworking bench where the dolls house was made. Beatrice’s uncle was William Bolding, an early pioneer of photography in Norfolk and on display in the museum is a selection of family photographs by Bolding.

The second child is Elaine Lowerison. She was a child in the 1900s and 1910s. Elaine went to the Ruskin School in Heacham and enjoyed their creative approach to learning. On display are portraits of Elaine and her brother Gordon together with photographs and ephemera from the museum collections to help tell the story of this unconventional school.

Ian, Mike, David and Alastair Breen grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. The Breen brothers went to King Edward VII Grammar School in King’s Lynn and have kindly supplied the Museum with their recollections of the time. These include memories of working at Lin-Can, the cannery in King’s Lynn as a holiday job and playing Cowboys and Indians in the woods. On display is a school uniform worn by Ian Breen from the 1960s complete with cap, blazer and tie.

Emma Morse was a child in the 1990s and 2000s. She recalls the excitement of newly published Harry Potter books and films and her time as a Brownie. To go with this most recent section the museum has assembled a collection of toys and games of the period including Pokemon Monopoly, a Game Boy and Beanie Babies.

LITTLE LIVES: Snapshots of Childhood 1800 to the Present Day – opens 24th September, until 11th June 2017

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Local residents win £500 of vouchers every month for their recycling efforts

Voucher winners from June/July - 15 residents each month win vouchers for their recycling efforts.

Voucher winners from June/July – 15 residents each month win vouchers for their recycling efforts.

Residents of the Borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk have a chance to win £500 in vouchers every month just for recycling, thanks to a new scheme that was launched to households in May.

West Norfolk Recycling Rewards is open to all households in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and is free to participate in, giving residents the chance to earn vouchers for themselves and donations for local charities and community projects.

Once residents activate their account for the scheme they are placed into one of five communities, depending on where they live, and can start to earn Green Points for their recycling efforts. The amount of rubbish and recycling produced by each of the five communities is measured, with those communities that are improving the most receiving the most Green Points. Residents are also able to earn extra Green Points for their community by reporting which materials they have recycled or reporting contamination via the Recycling Rewards website or contact centre.

Every month, the three residents in each community that have earned the most Green Points win a voucher for themselves from a choice of: Majestic Cinema, Marks & Spencer, Alive Leisure, National Garden Gift and iTunes. The top points-earner in each community wins a £50 voucher whilst each of the runners up receives a £25 voucher. Since the scheme launched, £1,000 worth of vouchers have been given out to residents, with Marks & Spencer and National Garden Gift vouchers proving to be the most popular.

Councillor Brian Long, Leader of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Council and Cabinet Member for the environment, said “We want this scheme to motivate residents to do the right thing and recycle everything they can, so it’s great to see the efforts of those that go the extra mile get rewarded. Anyone in the Borough can join the scheme and there are plenty of chances to win vouchers, so it’s well worth getting involved.”

Among the first voucher winners was Rebecca Neave, who is part of the Southern and Downham Market Community, and chose a £25 Marks & Spencer voucher as her reward. She said “I was excited to get involved with this new green scheme as I am always trying to find ways for my family and I to cut down the amount of waste we produce. Recycling Rewards offers us a whole new incentive and I’m delighted to have won!”

Every 6 months there will also be prizes given to the communities that have earned the most Green Points – £1,500 will be awarded to first place, with £750 for two runners up. Members of the winning communities have the opportunity to vote for which of six local good causes they’d like to receive their community’s share of the prize money from a shortlist of: Festival Too, the Norfolk Hospice, Hospital Radio Lynn, The Rotary Club of King’s Lynn, West Norfolk Mind and Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

The scheme is open to all households in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, with residents needing to activate their accounts to take part. They can activate online at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingrewards or by calling 0207 326 5055 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5:30pm).

Honey you’re so retro! Super 8 Film Night

super 8 retro fionallamas 29Greyfriars Art Space is presenting an evening of lo-fi Super 8mm movies. Artist Chris Mizsak (BellArt Labs, Cambridge Super 8 Group) will be spooling up a random selection of vintage newsreels, cinema ads, documentaries, abridged features, cartoons, and other oddities in glorious, grainy cine film.

Got any old home movies you’d like to screen? Dust off your old reels and bring them along.

As part of the forthcoming exhibition by the Bell Art Laboratories at Greyfriars Art Space (8-22 October), Chris is also looking for donations of any old, unwanted home movies (Super 8mm and Standard 8mm).

The film night takes place on Friday 16th September from 7-9pm at Greyfriars Art Space, 43 St James Street, King’s Lynn PE13 1LU

Free Admission (Adults Only) Contact: cmizsak@gmail.com

Popular ‘Trues Talks’ are back

Trues Yard Fishing Heritage Museum

Trues Yard Fishing Heritage Museum

Every Thursday at 1pm from 29th September to 17th November the Museum will be holding the 12th series of the immensely popular True’s Talks. Admission is free, but with ticket only as numbers are limited, so booking is essential. Tickets are available at the Museum from 30th August.

The talks cover a variety of local history subjects from ‘Historical Crimes of King’s Lynn’, to ‘Wisbech Born: Octavia Hill (1838-1912)’ and the intriguing ‘The £6,000,000 Corpse: The ‘Forgotten Treasure’ of Hardwick Road Cemetery’.

The talks programme is part of a series of events connected with the Museum’s Pat Midgley Research Centre, which received Heritage Lottery Funding last year. Facilities for local and family history research include a reference library, archive rooms, a reading room and the town’s only Sound Archive.

Programme

29th Sept
Dr Paul Richards
Lynn & The Importance of King John (1216-2016)

6th Oct
Dr Julian Litten
The £6,000,000 Corpse: The ‘Forgotten Treasure’ of Hardwick Road Cemetery

13th Oct
Tricia McCarron
Historical Crimes of King’s Lynn

20th Oct
Peter Clayton MBE
Wisbech Born: Octavia Hill (1838-1912)

27th Oct
Christopher Pope
“A Load of Royal Air Force Blue Bull” RAF Marham since World War II

3rd Nov
Kenneth Penn
New Town, New River, Bishop Herbert & The Origins of Lynn

10th Nov
Tony Kirby
Churches & Chapels in the Landscape 1500-2016

17th Nov
Simon Massen
Study of West Norfolk in Old Picture Postcards

For more information contact the Museum on 01553 770479 or email info@truesyard.co.uk.

Heritage Open Day 2016

Heritage Day Leaflet 2016

Join in England’s annual celebration of local history and architecture. On Sunday 11th September it’s your chance to have a wonderful FREE day out exploring King’s Lynn’s historic buildings.

The King’s Lynn Civic Society working with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and
West Norfolk, the Red Badge Town Guides, businesses, residents and Friends groups have arranged a great programme so you can visit houses, offices, gardens, churches, chapels, interesting cemeteries, towers, tunnels and even a temple not normally open to the public.

Look out for special events, colourful re-enactors, music, dancing, classic cars and exhibitions. Heritage Open Day is England’s most popular grassroots cultural event. It is also your chance to see good and innovative new build, renovation and plans for the restoration of our historic town.

Full details available for Download Here.

Summer Fun at Lynn Museum

Lynn Museum GallopersEvery week of August at Lynn Museum there are three different activities to keep the whole family happy – a themed trail, a hands-on activity morning with crafts and object handling and an afternoon storytelling event. With themes changing each week there is always something new to enjoy.

For your budding mini Palaeontologist head down on Tuesday 9 August to get hands on with our fantastic fossil collection and create a range of dinosaur themed crafts including flying dinosaurs!

Discover how children played in the past on Tuesday 23 August. There will be chance to handle real toys and games from the past. Visitors can try their hand at a range of traditional games and make a traditional optical illusion toy to take home. If fairground sideshows are more your style roll up on 16 August and discover how fairground rides were made. Plus enjoy a freshly made mini candy floss!

If you prefer walking like an Egyptian, visit between 9 and 14 August to try your hand at Where My Mummy? Ancient Egyptian trail for a chance to win a small prize. On Thursday 25 August visitors can enjoy Ancient Egyptian Myth from our storyteller who will draw illustrations as he tells tales.

There’s more mythical storytelling on 11 and 18 August with Roman and Anglo-Saxon themes.

For budding pirates visit on Tuesday 30 August and discover things All at Sea. Handle real maritime artefacts, meet our costumed pirates and create some piratical crafts. Any wannabe Captain Ahabs can hurt for whales between 16 and 21 August – if you find them claim your small prize.

All events are included in museum admission. Museum Pass Holders, Friends of Lynn Museum, Under 4s and Children’s University Passport Holders are free!

Lynn Museum Family Events (10.30am – 1pm)

Free with museum admission

Tuesday 9 August – Deadly Dinosaur Crafts and Fantastic Fossils

Tuesday 16 August – All the Fun of the Fair

Tuesday 23 August – Toys and Games from the Past

Tuesday 30 August – All At Sea: Pirate and Sailors

Thursday Story Time (12.30 to 3.30pm)

Free with museum admission

Thursday 11 August – Roman Myths

Thursday 18 August – Anglo-Saxon Tales

Thursday 25 August – Ancient Egyptian Myths

Family Trails
Free with museum admission. 10am to 5pm
Try a different trail for each week of the summer holidays.
Complete five trail and get invited to our Trails Stars Party on Saturday 17 September!
9 – 13 August – Where’s My Mummy? Egyptian Trail
16 – 20 August – Whale Trail
23 – 27 August – Victorians
30 August – 3 September – Twitching Trail
8 – 11 September – Paintings Trail

Lynn Museum Admission Fees
Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday 12 noon to 4pm
Admission Fees
Adult £4.20
Conc* £4.00
Child £3.20
Family Ticket (1 adult & all children) £10.50
Family Ticket (2 Adults & all children) £14.30
Pop in for £1 from 4pm
*Concession visitors with disabilities, unwaged, over 65s or in full-time education
Free Admission – **Museum Pass Holders, **Friends of Lynn Museum, Museum association and Art Fund members with a valid card, Children’s University members and Under 4s.

Lynn Museum
Market Street
Kings Lynn
Norfolk
www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/LynnMuseum
Tel: 01553 775001
Email: lynnmuseum@norfolk.gov.uk.
www.facebook/LynnMuseumNorfolk

Songs from the Sea and Lynn Ballads

trues yard frank-castletonSongs from the Sea & Lynn Ballads is coming to True’s Yard on the 2nd of September at 6-8pm.

Lynn ballads by the talented Mr Gareth Calway of Room at the Hanse and local band The Fried Pirates who’ll be performing history through folk song.

Tickets cost £10 and are available at the museum. Refreshments are included and will be served during the interval.

Please support the Museum in its last outdoor event in Silver Jubilee Calendar. Help them in the final push to reach their target!

Call 01553 770479 or email info@truesyard.co.uk to book.

Fairytales and Legends returns

Fairytales Weekend characters 600Fairytales and Legends returns to King’s Lynn town centre on Sunday 21 August for a day of magic, enchantment, princesses and superheroes!

After last year’s success, Fairytales and Legends is back. This fun free event is a great day out for children and families, packed full of things to see and do. Activities take place from 10am to 4pm at locations around the town centre.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “We’re delighted Fairytales and Legends is returning this year – it was so popular last year we’re expecting more people than ever. The day’s programme has something for children of all ages, from soundplay classes for toddlers, to craft workshops for older children. We’d also like to invite all children to come along in fancy dress!”

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Quarter centre manager, said: “Every event is free of charge, making this the perfect day out for all the family. Some activities need to be pre-booked, and I recommend you do so as early as possible – places will go fast!”

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