Recycling scheme earns £12,000 for local charities

West Norfolk Recycling Rewards recipients after being with presented with cash for their community projects at Kings Lynn Town Hall. Pictured left to right, Graham Simmonds M.D of Local Green Points, Sue Payne, Dersingham Village Centre, John Eastgate, Wereham Village Hall, Mayor Carol Bower, Borough Council leader Brian Long, Sue Askew, Marshland Hall. and councillor Ian Devereux. Photo : Steve Adams

Local charities in King’s Lynn & West Norfolk have received £12,000 worth of donations over the last two years, on behalf of residents who recycle and are part of the Local Green Points recycling rewards scheme.

The two-year scheme, known as West Norfolk Recycling Rewards, encouraged residents to recycle more and rewarded them for their efforts with individual and community prizes. Every month, the residents who recycled the most and took part in waste minimisation activities on the online platform or mobile app were rewarded with vouchers for local leisure attractions as well as popular high street brands, such as M&S and National Garden Gift Vouchers. Each year, the top performing communities were rewarded with £6,000 to donate to their favourite local charities or community projects.

The scheme succeeded in helping residents support very local good causes, and the final round of donations have been awarded to Marshland Hall, Dersingham Community Centre and Wereham Village Hall, at an event hosted by Mayor Carol Bower. Marshland Hall received the top prize of £3,000 and the other causes each picked up £1,500.

recycle plastic bottles photo: cARTerARTSue Askew from Marshland Hall said, ‘It’s fantastic that this scheme can help our Hall and encourage recycling in the local area! I am really pleased to be representing Marshland Hall to collect this valued donation, we are grateful for every vote we received from residents of the area. We want to use our donation to turn Marshland Hall into a central hub for everyone in the village to meet, so we can bring our community together. Now we can equip the tea room with a refrigerator, hot beverage machine, new tables and chairs and a counter for serving our splendid homemade cakes.”

Mayor Carol Bower said “Over 5,300 households signed up to West Norfolk Recycling Rewards, which has allowed us to achieve some fantastic results. We’d like to extend our thanks and congratulations to all those who took part. Your small, everyday actions have had a mighty, cumulative impact, on both the environment and the local community.”

Since West Norfolk Recycling Rewards launched in May 2016, the scheme has achieved some fantastic results, including boosting recycling in the Borough, increasing the amount of plastic collected for recycling and providing rewards for committed recycling champions and community projects in the local area. £10,500 worth of vouchers have been awarded to local residents and £12,000 has been donated to local charities.

The scheme has also helped to increase the amount of food waste collected for recycling. This is a significant achievement, helped by the scheme’s Food Waste Challenge, which launched in July 2017 to encourage residents to waste less food and recycle their food waste.

About Local Green Points:

Local Green Points is an LLP company backed by Green Rewards, the UK’s leading supplier of sustainable rewards programmes. The Company provides a range of services to local authorities that encourage waste reduction, recycling and reuse, and its local authority clients include the London Borough of Hackney, London Borough of Camden, London Borough of Bexley, The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Coventry City Council, St Helens Council, Westminster City Council and many more. Its parent company, Green Rewards, operates the workplace sustainability programme, JUMP, and its clients include RBS and Swansea University.


King’s Lynn Library Events June 2018

For further information about events and to book please call 01553 772568

Regular weekly events

Just a cuppa – Mondays 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Baby bounce and rhyme – Mondays and Thursdays 10-10.30am

Colour yourself calm
– Tuesdays 10.30-12

Scrabble club – Wednesdays 10 – 12pm

Job Help – Fridays 2-5pm – Please book with Library staff.

Let’s talk – English conversation for speakers of other languages – Wednesday 2-3pm, Friday 6-7pm

Just a Cuppa – Every Saturday 11am-12 noon

Games Time – Every Saturday 2-4pm
Join us every Saturday afternoon for fun and games. Bring a friend and play some of the new games that we now have, including Trivial Pursuit, Mexican Train and Dobble!

Other Events

Read and Rabbit – Friday 1 st June 10.30am – 11.30am
This fun book group meets on the first Friday of the month. There is no set book and it is open to all readers. So come along make friends and talk about the books you love reading.

Trivial Pursuit -Thursday 7 th June 10am-12 noon
Come and join us for a lively game of Trivial Pursuit.

History Discussion Group – Wednesday 13 th June 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Enjoy History? Like to share and hear other people's thoughts and views? Then come to our discussion group on history's top issues.

Tune into Words – Thursday 14 th June 2.30pm-3.30pm
A monthly get together for all those who love listening to words….stories, poems. Plays or whatever !!!
Come along, listen and chat. Refreshments available.

Friday Night Book club– Friday 15 th June 6pm-7pm
Looking for a good read? Want to discuss books with others? Then join our monthly book group at King's Lynn Library which meets on the third Friday of the month at the library from 6-7pm

Knit and Knatter – Tuesday 19 th June 10 – 12pm
If you haven't picked up those needles for a while or want to learn, come along and join us for a knit and knatter.

Local History Club –Thursday 21 st June 10am – 12noon
Use the library's wide collection of resources. Photographs, school logs, books, newspaper cuttings and much, much more.

Tickets now on sale for West Norfolk Wins

Elizabeth Nockolds, Michael Saunders (Lovell) and Rob Harman (Hughes)

West Norfolk’s brand new online lottery West Norfolk Wins is now live with the first draw set to take place on Saturday, 26 May 2018.

There is a chance of winning up to £25,000 each week. For players who sign up in time for the first draw there is an additional prize of a 50″ smart TV kindly sponsored by homes developer Lovell and a sound bar sponsored by Hughes in King’s Lynn.

Over twenty good causes have already signed up for the lottery, giving players plenty of choice over which charity or cause they wish to support. A further 15 good causes should be added in the next few weeks.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk said: “We have been delighted with the response we have had to this lottery in terms of the number of good causes that have signed up. The main purpose is to encourage people to support local charities and organisations but at the same time to give them a chance of winning up to £25,000. For the first draw we also have an additional prize of a 50″ smart TV and sound bar, thanks to local sponsors Lovell and Hughes.”

Tickets cost just £1, with 50p going to the local good cause, and 10p going into the West Norfolk Wins Community Fund. 20p goes towards the prize fund and the rest covers admin and VAT.

Tickets can be purchased online in blocks of one to 12 months. Payment is by direct debit or debit card.

To find out more or to buy tickets visit Players must be 16 or over and physically located in the UK

Always play responsibly, if you need to talk to someone about your gambling please contact

West Norfolk Wins is promoted by Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, a Local Authority Lottery licensed by the Gambling Commission.

Halloween Spooktacular

Families are being invited to get dressed up in their Halloween costumes and head to the heart of King’s Lynn on Tuesday 31 October for a Halloween spooktacular.

The Vancouver Quarter and the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk 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 the Halloween HQ on the Tuesday Market Place, to collect a special Halloween map before making their way around the town centre collecting codewords from retailers as they go.

There will also be a photobooth situated in the Vancouver Quarter for youngsters to get photographed in their costumes in front of a spooky backdrop as well as street entertainment including two giant witches who are learning their craft, not always with the best results.

Those who complete the trail will be rewarded with a goodie bag on their arrival back at Halloween HQ. They will also being entered into a prize draw to win £200 to spend in the town 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 town centre businesses and attractions to work together to provide yet another fun and free event. And if that’s not enough, one lucky child will win £200 to spend on toys in the town.”

Organisers are also calling on families to carve a pumpkin and enter it into their competition as part of this event. Entries will need to be submitted to the Halloween HQ by 5pm on 31 October.

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.”

Did you see the pink kitten?

The Department of Transport has released another new video designed to shock motorists into giving up using their mobile phones while driving.

The directors behind the video for Pharrell Williams’s hit song ‘Happy’ have teamed up with THINK! for its latest road safety campaign, which will run online, in cinemas and on social media from today.

It uses innovative filming, is shot in the style of a music video with an edgy soundtrack from celebrated musician Aphex Twin and numerous pink kittens to highlight how much drivers miss if they are distracted by looking at their handheld phone.

If a driver travelling at 30mph glances at their phone for just 2.3 seconds, they miss 100 feet of road – the length of a Boeing 737.

Jesse Norman, Road Safety Minister, said:
“We have some of the safest roads in the world, but we are always looking at ways to make them even safer.

“But the awful truth is that tens of thousands of drivers are still flouting the law and endangering others by using a handheld mobile phone at the wheel.

“This eye-catching advert demonstrates how dangerous looking at your phone for just two seconds can be, and the devastating impact it can have on other road users.”

On March 1 2017 penalties for using a handheld mobile while driving were doubled to a £200 fine and six penalty points. Meaning drivers caught twice face a lengthy ban – which could also then lead to a £1,000 fine. While new drivers – those who have passed within the last two years – face having their licence revoked if caught just once.

More than 15,000 fines have been issued to drivers using a handheld phone since the new penalties were introduced.

Following the March THINK! campaign, awareness of the penalties increased by 89% and 47% of those that had seen the adverts said they were less likely to use their phone when driving as a result.

THINK! is urging Android smartphone users to download the Car Mode app or if using an iPhone, its drive safe mode, which automatically detects when you’re driving, and silences incoming calls and messages.

RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said:
“The RAC’s latest research reveals that the problem is still at epidemic proportions with a hard core of drivers persisting in texting, talking, tweeting and even taking photos at the wheel.

“We therefore welcome THINK!’s thought-provoking video, which highlights the dangers of a two-second glance at your phone while driving. Motorists risk a collision with potentially fatal consequences which could change their life, and the lives of others, forever.

“We hope that this will help persuade more drivers to put away their handheld mobile phone for good when driving and be phone smart.”

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Roads Policing, said:
“Driving while distracted by a mobile phone is completely unacceptable and puts everyone on the roads at risk of serious harm. Police are making use of the tougher penalties to clamp down on this dangerous behaviour – but we have to be clear that when you get behind the wheel it is your responsibility to stay focused and alert.

“As this campaign makes clear, it only takes a few seconds of distraction to change lives forever.”

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.

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​

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.”

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.

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.

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

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.

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: 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.

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 or by calling 0207 326 5055 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5:30pm).

North Lynn Community Café

North Lynn Community Cafe
The North Lynn Community Café is a central point for information where people can gain access to community services, activities, information and gain support with any other needs they may have. Services and activities that are currently available include:

◾Wealth of leaflets and links with support organisations and voluntary sector
◾Benefits advice including form filling every Monday (call in to make an appointment or home visits are available between 9.30am – 1.00pm)
◾Legal advice every Friday (call in to make an appointment) 4.00pm – 6.00pm
◾Food bank vouchers
◾Henry Bellingham surgery every 4-6 weeks. 4.00pm – 6.30pm
◾Regular County Council/Borough Council surgeries
◾Stonham drop in sessions every Wednesday
◾Access to advice from Adult Care Development Worker for social activities and community information, first Tuesday of the month
◾Supporting Coffee on the Couch every Thursday at North Lynn Methodist Church 10.00am – 12.00noon
◾Cancer support group (including carers) first Monday of the month 3.30pm – 4.30pm – please phone 01553 692797 for details
◾Dementia Friendly Café (including carers) third Thursday of the month, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

The café is open Monday to Friday from 1.45pm – 4.30pm. Serving a range of hot drinks (biscuits FREE with all hot drinks)

The Community Café
St. Augustine’s Centre
Columbia Way
King’s Lynn
PE30 2LB

Contact: Les Thurlow, Secretary of North End & North Lynn Neighbourhood Partnership Tel: 01553 692797 E-mail: