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New Home Library Service at Gaywood Library

library booksGaywood Library is setting up a new Home Library Service for local people who love to read but are unable to get to their library.

The new facility, run by the Royal Voluntary Service, will help by delivering books to peoples homes, whether permanently or temporarily. It’s aimed at people of all ages, who are restricted due to ill health, disability or full time caring duties which stop them getting to the library in the usual opening hours.

Gaywood Library say they are particularly looking for readers in the Fairstead/Gaywood area who may be in need of this service, but it also operates out of King’s Lynn, Downham Market, Dersingham and Hunstanton Libraries.

The service is tailored according to the interests and needs of the individual. This includes for example, large print, spoken word CDs and tapes. Reminiscence packs and books on local history are also available for people with memory loss and concentration difficulties.

Gaywood Library told us: “All volunteers have been checked and vetted, and are friendly, trustworthy and could make a real difference by visiting you.”

For more details, please contact The Royal Voluntary Service on 01603 397998, or Gaywood Library on 01553 768498.


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A letter from the NHS to the people of Norfolk

Dear Sir or Madam

Many people in Norfolk will be considering giving things up for the New Year, like unhealthy food or alcohol.

But you can change your life by choosing to give.

Giving blood is amazing – you can save or improve the lives of up to three people each time you donate.

We always need new donors to ensure we have the right mix of blood groups among our donors to meet patient needs in future and to replace those people who can no longer donate.

We need more than 6,000 people to donate blood every day to meet the needs of desperately ill hospital patients.

Blood and platelets are not just used after accidents. They are used for patients with cancer, anaemia, childbirth complications, and in a wide variety of life-saving procedures.

Less than 3% of people aged 17-70 donated blood last year. Thank you to everybody who donated and helped save lives – we look forward to seeing you again in 2016.

If you’ve never given blood before, register to donate blood and book an appointment to donate in Norfolk at Donating only takes an hour of your time.

So please start this year by changing not just your life, but someone else’s life too, by giving blood.

Yours faithfully

Jon Latham, Assistant Director, Marketing and Donor Contact Service, NHS Blood and Transplant.

Jon Latham
NHS Blood and Transplant
Oak House
Reeds Crescent
WD24 4QN


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KL.FM Toy Appeal Update

KLFM toy appealIt’s over half way through this year’s KL.FM Toy Appeal, and once again it’s proving to be a great success.

KL.FM’s Simon Rowe said: “I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with every single toy appeal KLFM has done over the last decade and the difference it makes to families is amazing.

“To see the children’s faces light up and their big smiles is really special as you can imagine but even more than that is the sense of relief on the faces of the Mums and Dads who without your donation would not have been able to give their children anything. The gesture of just one little present really can make such a big difference.”

The final dates and locations are below, if you’d like to donate:

Wednesday 9th December – 12pm – 2pm – Tesco, Hardwick
Thursday 10th December – 11am-1pm – ASDA Wisbech
Friday 11th December – 11am-1pm – Morrisons, King’s Lynn
Monday 14th December – 11am-1pm – Morrisons, Downham

If you would like to donate to the KLFM Toy Appeal but cannot get out to one of the collections taking place, you can drop off a gift at the toy dept on the first floor of Beales of Kings Lynn up until 14th December.

Last year generous members of the public donated over a thousand Christmas presents to give to children who weren’t lucky enough to be at home with Mum and Dad.

Donated toys will be passed on to: Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, Rocco’s Legacy, Roxborough Children’s Centre, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Oasis Children’s Centre, Wisbech and Vancouver Children’s Centre, King’s Lynn.

Gifts for all children are welcomed, presents for 12-16 year olds are also particularly needed. If you can donate anything no matter how small it will be much appreciated.

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Very hairy biker gives Pet Fest the paws up

Harley poses for photos. Photo: John Beck

Harley poses for photos. Photo: John Beck

Local dog celebrity Harley the hairy biker stole the show at the Rainbow Festival of Gifts & Crafts for Pets on Sunday.

The St Bernard has appeared in national newspapers and been interviewed on local radio. But perhaps his biggest claim to fame was when he appeared on the BBC’s One Show with rock star Gene Simmons.

Harley first came into the limelight in July 2004 when his owners marriage was filmed for Anglia TV.

Harley with his owner , boith dressed as Santa.  Photo: John Beck

Harley with his owner Alan Valkeith, both dressed as Santa. Photo: John Beck

Motorbike enthusiasts Alan and Tina Valkeith from Peterborough, said: “He takes all this limelight in his stride. He is always getting his photo taken. People who see him riding in the side car with us can’t believe it.”

Posing for photos at the Curlew Centre in Sutton Bridge he had no comment to make to us, but later gave a big ‘paws up’ for the Pet Fest, where dozens of visitors and their pets turned up to look around the stalls.

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Launch of electric car charge points

electric car point
New Rapid Charge electric car charge points have just been installed in West Norfolk; 3 in King’s Lynn and 1 in Hunstanton.

More info to follow …

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King’s Lynn Innovation Centre ‘Pop-up’ Launches

Artists impression of the new Kings Lynn Innovation Centre.

Artists impression of the new Kings Lynn Innovation Centre.

From Monday 9 November 2015, businesses in West Norfolk will be one step closer to benefitting from the services The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre (KLIC) will offer, as a Pop-up Enterprise Centre opens in the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk offices in King’s Lynn.

The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre will provide support for start-up companies and aspiring entrepreneurs in order to deliver economic growth in the area, and the temporary Pop-up Enterprise Centre aims to offer information about the services KLIC will provide until the building opens its doors in spring 2016.

Staff from Nwes, a leading enterprise agency, will be on hand at the Pop-up Enterprise Centre Monday to Friday during business hours to discuss what office space will be available to rent at KLIC, how you can book meeting rooms and conferencing facilities, and how local businesses can access business advice and support from Nwes.

John Balch, Strategic Director at Nwes said: “The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre, which will support the local community by delivering a comprehensive package of help to overcome the barriers to setting up in business, is nearing completion but until you can step into the building itself, Nwes and its partners invite you to visit the KLIC Pop-up Enterprise Centre.

“We want local residents and businesses to take this opportunity to meet Nwes staff, ask any questions you have and learn about how a serviced, state-of-the-art office could help you start or run your business more effectively.”

Leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Cllr Nick Daubney added: “Supporting economic development in West Norfolk is a key priority for us and we are delighted to be able to help promote the new King’s Lynn Innovation Centre by hosting the Pop-up Enterprise Centre at our offices. I would urge business start-ups and entrepreneurs to come along and see what help, support and assistance will be on offer.”

The new centre will be owned and operated by Nwes and provide high-calibre one-to-one advice, mentoring, workshops, and access to financial support for local businesses. As a contemporary commercial workspace it will also act as a catalyst for further highly skilled employment opportunities on the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area site.

The £5m innovation centre has been made possible by £1.5m of funding from the Borough Council, £500,000 from Nwes and £2.5m of Growing Places Fund loan and £500,000 Growth Deal funding from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. KLIC has been designed by architects Feilden+Mawson and is the latest in a large portfolio of innovation centre concepts for the Norwich-based firm.

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Remembrance Sunday ceremonies

Poppy Crosses in Tower GardensMore wreaths than ever will be laid at the War Memorial in Tower Gardens, Kings Lynn this Sunday, 8 November, as local people 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.

This year’s event will be particularly poignant as 2015 marks the 70th anniversaries of VE Day and VJ Day, and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Once again a very large public attendance is expected.

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 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. Deputy Mayor Cllr David Whitby will lay a wreath at St Faith’s Church, Gaywood. The Mayor will also lay a wreath in Downham Market on Sunday afternoon.

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King’s Lynn Freemasons: The Good Samaritans


Left to right: Mrs Lynn Riches, Mr Ian Riches, Worshipful Master of The Philip Broadfoot Lodge, and Mrs Wendy Livesey, Chair of King’s Lynn Samaritans.

The Philip Broadfoot Lodge No. 6478 of King’s Lynn have adopted The King’s Lynn Samaritans and Meningitis Now as their “Charities of the Year”.

To support both charities was the decision of Ian’s Lady Wife, Lynn, and she said that her choice of the Samaritans was because she felt “the Charity was very good, quiet and unassuming. The support offered to people in emotional distress, especially young males, was very important and worthwhile.” Lynn expressed her gratitude to the strong support shown in the Lodge for her choice.

Ian Riches, Worshipful Master of the Philip Broadfoot Lodge is seen here, presenting Wendy Livesey, Chair of the King’s Lynn Samaritans, a cheque for £1000.00.

Accepting the donation Wendy said that everyone was delighted that the Branch had been chosen as one of the Freemasons Charities and that the donation would go towards funding the recruitment and training of two Volunteers.

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Poppy Wall returning to Vancouver Quarter

poppy wallA commemorative community mural remembering all those who have fought in conflicts since 1914 will be unveiled in the Vancouver Quarter at the weekend.

Shoppers, families and workers in the town are being encouraged to stick thousands of poppies onto the mural, which will be housed in the former Sue Ryder shop, opposite Poundland and next to Greggs, in Broad Street.

Members of the Royal British Legion’s King’s Lynn branch will voluntarily man the store between 9.30am and 4pm every day from Saturday 24 October to Saturday 7 November.

It is the second time the Vancouver Quarter has housed a commemorative wall. In July 2014 more than 3,000 poppies were placed on a mural designed by then College of West Anglia photography student Lewis Bond to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The event helped to raise thousands of pounds for the Royal British Legion, King’s Lynn, and the same mural will be used again will the hope of completely covering it in poppies.

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Quarter Centre Manager, said: “In 2014 we had a large number of people keen to show their support and pay their respects by sticking a poppy on the wall. We were really keen to run this mural again because it is important that the memory of those who fought and died for freedom continues to live on and is passed on from generation to generation.

“There will be thousands of poppies available to stick on the mural and it would be fantastic if we are able to completely cover the mural before November 7. I would urge anyone, particularly families, who are in King’s Lynn over those two weeks to have a look at the mural, make a donation to the Royal British Legion and stick a poppy.”

David Norman, chairman of the Royal British Legion’s King’s Lynn branch, has thanked to the Vancouver Quarter for the use of the unit during the two-week period. “It is important that we remember all those who fought in all conflicts since 1914,” he added. “The money raised will go a long way to help ex service personnel serving members and there beneficiaries.”

West Norfolk Mayor Colin Manning will place a poppy to officially re-open the mural at 11am on Saturday 24 October.

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College students celebrate academic achievements

college celebrates 600It was smiles all round at the weekend, as the College of West Anglia’s Higher Education students celebrated their academic achievements at the annual Graduation ceremony.

The ceremony, which took place at the Alive Corn Exchange on Saturday 10 October 2015, is the most prestigious event in the college’s calendar and this year celebrated the graduation of 138 CWA students, graduating from 18 programmes.

Proceedings began with the traditional academic procession through King’s Lynn Town Centre, leaving from the Town Hall at 12.05pm and arriving at the Corn Exchange by 12.30pm for the ceremony.

The students, known as graduands up until they graduate, received their certificates in Higher National Qualifications and Professional Qualifications.

Certificates were presented to the students by CWA Principal David Pomfret, and Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, who was also the keynote speaker. Proceedings were attended by proud family, friends, college governors and staff.

In addition, the college celebrated the University Centre West Anglia (UCWA) student of the year award, presented by Dr Apurba Kundu, ARU Deputy Dean. This year, the award went to Rachael Castleton, BA History and English Literature with First Class Honours.

At the end of ceremony, the academic procession of college staff, governors, guests – and now with the addition of the graduates – processed again through the streets of King’s Lynn, where members of the public clapped and congratulated the graduates on their success.

In addition to annual proceedings, this year saw the addition of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) pledge and declaration ceremony, which took place at the College of West Anglia King’s Lynn campus Tower Block, later that afternoon. The declaration ceremony is a result of the college receiving accreditation from the RCVS for its degrees in veterinary nursing and applied animal behaviour.

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Big C celebrates £281,000 of support

Chief executive Dr Chris Bushby and vice president Theresa Cossey MBE pictured with some of the Big C volunteers.

Chief executive Dr Chris Bushby and vice president Theresa Cossey MBE pictured with some of the Big C volunteers.

Nearly 250 volunteers for the Big C have clocked up almost 40,000 hours of unpaid work for Norfolk’s Cancer charity during the past year, equating to £281,000 of support.

Their unstinting work is across four main areas: retail through 10 stores and warehouses; support and information through the support centres at Norwich, Kings Lynn, Yarmouth and within the Louise Hamilton Centre at Gorleston; fund-raising and events to raise funds, street collections and assisting with administration and finance.

Their commitment was recognised and celebrated at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Day held at the King’s Centre, Norwich, where former trustee and now Vice-president Theresa Cossey MBE presented long service awards to some of the 22 volunteers who between them had clocked up just under 200 years.

The awards are given for every five years service so among the audience of staff and trustees were others who had also volunteered for many years, but who will receive certificates on other years.

The highest number, 20 years, was achieved by Yvonne Mace who has worked at all three Big C retail stores in Norwich. She first started volunteering at Castle Meadow just one day a week and began for no other reason than she wanted to help and enjoyed meeting people.

She has happy recollections of the move to the Timberhill store and of the “regulars” who frequented the store, many, she said, just for a chat, as they do now at the Magdalen Street premises where she is every Tuesday. Yvonne has her own cancer story. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, and is now in remission, so her volunteering feels more personal.

Marjorie Wilson was also recognised for her two decades of volunteering but unable to be present to collect her certificate.

During the afternoon Dr Chris Bushby, presenting at his first major event since he was appointed Chief Executive in July this year, thanked the volunteers for their commitment and invaluable contribution. “What you do is so important. Looking at the national picture it seems what we are doing is really making a difference to support individuals and families in our society. We will always need more volunteers as you are fundamental to the work of this organisation.”

He highlighted how Big C has invested into key areas of research through sponsoring
Medical students at the University of East Anglia, investment in hospital equipment for diagnosis and treatment.

“There is a great affection towards Big C through what it is doing throughout the County and Waveney Valley which is encouraging giving,“ said Dr Bushby.

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Grand Charity Auction in aid of King’s Lynn Samaritans

samaritans auctionLocal Auctioneer, Gwen Tester, well known for conducting and attending auctions in and around the local area will be bringing her gavel down to raise funds for King’s Lynn Samaritans. Gwen is organising a Grand Auction to be held on the 10th October 2015 at Walpole Highway Village Hall.

Gwen is donating the commission raised on each sale which along with any other profits will be used solely to help the King’s Lynn Samaritans continue their invaluable service to the whole community.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day and a raffle will add to the entertainment. Gwen is a great supporter of the service that the King’s Lynn.

Samaritans provide for the local community, anyone who is suffering from distress, despair or suicidal thoughts can contact the Samaritans any time of the day and find a willing Samaritan to listen to their fears and thoughts, and receive support through all the dark, difficult times experienced.

The Samaritans get no financial help from Government, they rely entirely on the generosity of the public so this is a chance to go along have some fun and help a great cause.

And, if you have something that you would like to sell on the day bring it along between 9.00 am and 11.00 am and Gwen will turn that unwanted Monet in the attic into money, just call her on 01366 324369 or 07919 665730.

Entries from 9.00 am – sale items will be accepted until 11.00 am, viewing from 12.00 noon.

If you are interested in helping the King’s Lynn Samaritans as a listening volunteer, or as a friend to help raise funds or in any other way please call 07939 198260.

Samaritans are there for you around the clock on 08457 909090.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning at Lynn Museum

Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning - MugsLynn Museum are holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Wednesday 30th September between 10.30am-12.00 noon.

Visitors can enjoy delicious tea, coffee and cake and see if they can guess the object. During the event, museum admission is free. All donations will go to Macmillan Cancer Trust.

Lynn Museum tells the fascinating story of West Norfolk and is home to Sea Henge, the unique 4,000 year old timber circle. The award winning museum is housed in a former Victorian Baptist Chapel in the heart of King’s Lynn. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am – 17.00pm.

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North Lynn Newsletter

North End Newsletter

The latest North End and North Lynn Community Newsletter is now available to view. It’s packed with useful information, features, and upcoming events, and will be of interest to everyone interested in Kings Lynn!


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Cold call scam warning

Scam Alert

Members of the public are being warned about a potential cold call scam from someone claiming to be from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk.

The bogus calls are focussed on ‘investigating an accident’ and the caller is attempting to obtain personal details which they would then use to commit fraud offences. These calls are not from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and the advice is not to provide any personal details over the phone.

Lorraine Gore, Chief Financial Officer at the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, said: “The rise in the number of scam callers is worrying and they are becoming ever more creative in their attempts to get personal information from their victims. This particular scam has evolved to show our number on the caller ID and in some cases it would appear that the perpetrators have also acquired medical details which they use to try to make the call seem authentic.”

“Our number usually appears as withheld, so if it appears on the caller ID or via 1471 missed call facility, please be very wary.

“We would like to reassure people that we would not call to ask for personal details and that if anyone wants to check if a call from the council is bonafide, they should ask the caller for their name and department and then contact the Customer Information Centre on 01553 616200 and ask to speak with them, as this will confirm their identity.”

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk are asking the public to be vigilant against this scam and to report any suspicious calls using the action fraud, report and support online form. Alternatively, people can contact the helpline on 0300 123 2040.

If anyone has been a victim of any scams or identity theft, it can lead to fraud that can have a direct impact on personal finances. Check bills or invoices and letters to identify any suspicious activity. For more information visit the Action Fraud website: or the Norfolk Police website:

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70th anniversary of VJ Day service

A service commemorating the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day is being held in Tower Gardens on Saturday, 15 August 2015, starting at 11am.

Organised by the Royal Air Forces Association, the service will be led by Canon Paul Wright MA RAuxAF, Sub-Dean HM Chapels Royal, and will be attended by WWII veterans along with the Deputy Lieutenant, Dr Paul Richards, the Mayor of the Borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Colin Manning, the High Sheriff of Norfolk, Nick Pratt and the Vice Chairman of the County Council, David Collis and Leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Nick Daubney.

Members of the public are welcome to attend to remember those who fought to assure our freedom and those that laid down their lives for their country.

Wing Commander Stapley OBE DFC, President of the King’s Lynn Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, said: “We are delighted to join the Mayor of the Borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk in inviting our WWII veterans, especially former members of the Burma Star Association and the Far East Prisoners of War and of course members of the public to this very special service. It was 12 years ago when the Burma Star Association laid up their Standard owing to the falling membership. It was at that time that they accepted our offer to organise the annual service. We have been pleased to arrange the service ever since and feel honoured in being asked to do so. We hope that many of our veterans will join us and wear their medals with pride.”

The service, which starts at 11am, will be conducted around the Burma Star Memorial in the Tower Gardens. Chairs will be made available for the verterans and every effort made to provide the best possible view for everyone. Some parking bays have been cordoned off in St James Street for the benefit of blue badge holders attending the event.

Following the service, there will be a 1940s-style tea party for veterans and their guests at the Conservative Club in King’s Lynn.

The Mayor, Cllr Colin Manning, said: “We have been trying to get in touch with World War II veterans in West Norfolk and have been delighted by the response that we have had. We are expecting around 30 for our special commemorative tea party and we are looking forward to meeting them and hearing their stories. We owe a great deal to those who fought for their country during the war, and the 70th anniversary of VJ Day provides us with an opportunity to say thank you.”

The service in the Tower Gardens is open to all. The tea party is strictly by invitation only.

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