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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​


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

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

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

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.

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.

Unofficial FaceBook Page

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


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