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A 10-strong team of intrepid cyclists are gearing up for a trip of a lifetime to raise much needed funds for a Kings Lynn children’s hospital ward.
The team, many of who are work-mates at Lynn-based Foster Refrigerator, are embarking on the epic ‘Tour de Foster’ cycle race, traveling 350 miles, from Paris back to the Foster factory, all in just 4-days.
Organised by Foster’s cycling group “Foster and Friends”, the crew includes family and friends, who are aiming to raise more than £5,000 for the Rudham Ward at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital; responsible for acute paediatric care for children up to 16-years-old, from across the region.
Chris Playford, Market and Development Director at Foster, is one of the crew taking part, along with husband and wife team Paddy and Annie Thompson, Paddy’s sister Emma (who works in the Rudham Ward) Chris and Roy Faull, Stuart Howlett, Ali Logan, Ian Bromley, Dean Rawnsley, Kevin Piggott and the only French speaker – and new cyclist – Gemma Benlarbi.
Emma Thompson who is a staff nurse at Rudham ward, said: “We all love cycling together as a group and thought that this would really challenge us. It’s been hard work to train for but we’ve all stuck at it together and I know we’ll all do it!
“That the group chose to raise money at the same time for the children’s ward where I work is amazing, it’s a great cause.”
Whereas the route won’t include the infamous “King of the Mountains” stages, it is the hills which are proving the most nerve-racking for the Fenland- based team.
The group plan to set off from Paris on Saturday 23 August, finishing at the Foster plant four days later with one-man support crew, Foster Plant 4 manager Paul Smith tagging alone by car, in charge of first aid, food provisions and to make sure the team get to their rest stops on time.
Laurence Morlaas, Fundraising Executive at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said: “We are thrilled the Foster team decided to support the Hospital in this way – what a challenge! Emma and the team on the Rudham Ward work very hard to help very poorly children from across the region, so to go the extra mile – or 350 – in this way is fantastic.
We can’t wait to hear how the team get on and will be waiting on the finish line to show our support
– good luck!”
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Last night King’s Lynn’s Custom House lit up with a spectacular display of candles and poppies in memory of the start of World War One.
The display replaced ‘Night Sailors’, the stunning projection show which has been lighting up the Custom House for the last few weeks between 10pm and 11pm every night.
The candles and poppies were displayed as part of the Lights Out initiative, which encouraged people to turn out their lights to commemorate the outbreak of WW1 a hundred years ago.
Cllr Nick Daubney, Leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, said: “We felt this was a fitting way to show that we were acknowledging Lights Out. We are grateful to the artist Julia Dantonnet, for making the changes to her creation.”
As part of it’s 40 years in business celebrations, local security firm CTS Security is offering local home and business owners the opportunity to win the latest in security – monitoring to your smart phone worth £600, and all entries can receive a free security survey of their home or business.
To enter, simply email your name, address and telephone number (and the name of your business if appropriate) to: email@example.com quoting ‘40 year competition’ in the subject line.
The closing date is June 30th. Winners will be notified by email.
CTS is well known locally for installing and maintaining intruder alarms in people’s homes, but for the last 40 years the business has grown steadily in the commercial sector and now supplies a wide range of businesses with cutting edge security systems throughout East Anglia. Technological advancements have made it possible to install reliable wireless systems and High Definition CCTV so clear you can stream direct to a smartphone.
CTS has been serving companies and homes from offices at the South Gates roundabout for forty years. Managing Director Roy Fayers credits the company’s staying power to two main factors; trust and technological expertise.
Roy said: ‘CTS are the local security experts and have been for a long time. We see businesses come and go, but no one comes close to offering the expertise and the service that we can. We continue to develop and retain good staff, which in turn keeps our customers loyal and happy.’
A new club has just been launched in King’s Lynn that will be building and racing boats known as St Ayles skiffs along the Great Ouse.
The King’s Lynn Coastal Rowing Club (KLCRC) is a community project with lottery funding to build 2 St Ayles Skiffs with a view to offer boat building experience and then recreational rowing and racing on the river.
The club say that anyone is be welcome to join in the building and later take part in the racing. Experienced members will be present at all times to help and guide.
The 22ft boats will be built at T S Vancouver, near the new pontoons on the South Quay.
There are 80 St Ayles Skiffs in build in the UK and 50 more worldwide. In Norfolk the Blakeney club is about to launch its second skiff and the Wells club has two in build. The first world championships were held in Ullapool last July and opened by Princess Anne.
Cllr Alistair Beales said “The Borough Council is delighted to assist this Club which could do so much to help revitalise the waterfront and give a lot of fun to volunteer boat builders, rowers and spectators when practice and racing starts on the River Ouse in Kings Lynn”
Discovery Centre Manager Jimmy Yallop said “we look forward to taking part in this fantastic opportunity.”
Associations, companies and groups will be invited to build competitive or recreational rowing teams with the KLCRC’s help and support.
The project has been funded by donations from The Big Lottery fund, Co-operative Membership Community, King’s Lynn Borough Council and individual donations. The Club will need to find further funds for equipment.
Launch evenings for any interested parties to meet the committee will at 7pm on Monday 7th and Thursday 10th April, at The Crown and Mitre, Ferry Street PE30 1LJ
The College of West Anglia has been enjoying a multi-million pound celebration as it welcomed its first year students into its state-of-the art refurbished tower block.
There was a sense of great pride amongst staff and students as using the new facilities on offer, making the college the envy of most others in the region with 9000sqm of accommodation.
Principal David Pomfret conducted a media briefing at the very top where the Skyline conference rooms enjoy stunning views over the town with its base 100ft above ground level.
It gave the principal the chance to talk about the fantastic achievements which have seen the college awarded the “good” status in every one of the 30 sections reviewed by Ofsted.
But probably the proudest person was Mark Reavell, executive director partnerships, who has masterminded every stage of the refurbishment over the past two years and four months, with students and staff being welcomed back from temporary locations.
The original building was opened by the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in the 1970s and has undergone complete modernization inside and out creating a building fit for the 21st century. The nine-storey centre offers state-of-the-art facilities, including science laboratories, Hi-tech IT suites, higher education centre, conference facilities for hire, learning resource centre as well as a new heating and cooling exchange system which maintains a set pleasant 21 C all year round.
One area which now sets it apart is the ground floor social area which has seating for 400 providing a bright and airy social space with Wi-Fi, restaurant and even a Costa Coffee.
“This is £13m well spent,” said Mr. Reavell.
The new science floor won glowing praise from biology teacher Rebecca Holland, who has been at the college for ten years.
She said: “This will make a huge difference. It gives the best quality of everything.”
“I am really impressed by the laboratories.”
Bright decoration and modern furniture give the building real student appeal.
The IT area has some 40 computers and the floor featuring the learning resource centre has over 50,000 books, internet access, study pods and two study rooms.
Mr. Reavell said the ground floor social area was really exciting.
“It is a really stunning facility. Students who were here last year can’t believe that they are sitting in it.”
A huge amount of preparation had to be undertaken before any building work took place, with £1.2m being spent just clearing asbestos and other waste materials.
The finished building has already made a big impression on students in their first week.
Liam Hall, 16, from St Germans, who is studying engineering, said: “It looks pretty good. The social area is useful to study outside of lessons.”
Principal David Pomfret reflected on all the college was continuing to achieve and its success with apprenticeships reaching 1,119, its Ofsted ‘Good’ rating and its 30 million development programme across all campuses. He said: “I am delighted with the high quality of teaching and learning at the college.”
It now makes the building alone the same size of an average sixth form college and there are still opportunities for students to enrol on courses in 2013/14. Visit the college’s website at www.cwa.ac.uk
The Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetery, King’s Lynn have received a grant of £98,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting project ‘Yesterday’s People for Tomorrow’s Society’ in Lynn’s old Victorian Cemetery.
The HLF money will allow the Friends to:
- Conserve a further 7 memorials over the next three years.
- Install interpretation boards giving visitors information on the conserved memorials and the persons commemorated.
- Produce pamphlets describing various aspects of the cemetery and its importance to the development of the town.
- Launch A new website where visitors from further afield can find information on the cemetery.
- Produce an educational pack, for local schools, linked to the national curriculum for history and art.
The Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetery was launched in 2006 and meet at the cemetery on the third weekend of each month to carry out clearing of overgrown graves and the recording of memorial inscriptions. They have already produced a digital database of all the burials that have taken place in the cemetery since 1855 and hold a series of guided walks in the cemetery throughout the summer months.
The Friends are looking for further volunteers to join them and assist in the preservation of this important but under valued local resource for future generations.
Dr Julian Litten, Chairman of the Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetery said “The cemetery was started as an extension of the burial ground of All Saints Church in 1849 and was at the forefront of the development and growth of municipal cemeteries in England. It is a treasure trove of artistic memorial work and, almost uniquely, still displays the original landscaping scheme of its inception.
“With today’s growth in interest in family history it is important that as much of our heritage is preserved for Tomorrow’s people. The cemetery is a gateway back to the past and Yesterday’s People holding links to many important events and characters in the life of the town and its environs”
The Friends host a number of guided walks of the cemetery throughout the year as well as an Open Day in July.
Astrologer Michele Knight has kindly agreed to let us publish her 2013 Horoscope Videos. Michele is a UK based astrologer, broadcaster, TV personality and Sunday Times best- selling author. Currently she is the astrologer for Channel 5’s LIVE with Gabby, a popular daytime show.
There really is some astonishing astrology this year! I have never seen anything like what is happening on 29th July when we have a Star of David grand sextile and hexagon, grand cross and much more! This year is all about the reemergence of the feminine. It is a powerful astrological year for our intuition, emotions and understanding our power as the creators of our lives and the world as a whole. Wishing you a stunning 2013.
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Visit Michele’s website at micheleknight.co.uk
Pregnant women and patients with existing medical conditions are being urged to have this year’s flu jab.
Flu is a highly contagious infection that anyone can catch, and it can be a really serious illness for some people. Those at greater risk from flu include people aged 65 or over, pregnant women, and those with health conditions such as severe asthma, chest or heart complaints and diabetes.
Dr Jenny Harries, Director of Public Health at NHS Norfolk and Waveney, said people don’t realise quite how serious flu can be.
She added: “Flu is not like a cold – it can be a really serious illness for some people and it doesn’t just affect older people. If you’re pregnant, have lowered immunity or a long term health condition such as severe asthma, a chest or heart complaint, or diabetes, then you should also get a free flu jab from your GP and get flu safe.
“The flu jab is completely safe, and it can’t give you flu.”
NHS Norfolk and Waveney is encouraging everyone across the area who knows anyone who may be at risk from flu to tell them how important it is that they get protected. People who are carers and frontline health and social care staff are also encouraged to get a jab to protect themselves and those around them.
Dr Harries added: “Flu can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and can make existing conditions much worse.
“Flu can knock you off your feet and make it hard to look after the kids or go to work. In the most serious cases, seasonal flu might land you in hospital – it can even be a killer.”
The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a jab last winter you need another one this year to stay flu safe. The jab doesn’t contain the virus that can give flu to those who are eligible for the vaccination.
If you’re in any of the at-risk groups, the flu jab is completely free and is a safe way of protecting you and your family in a matter of minutes.
The best time to be vaccinated is at the start of the flu season from October to early November, so it’s good to get in early and get flu safe in time for the winter.
Simply contact your GP to arrange a convenient appointment and get your jab. It’s quick, safe and free for those most at risk from the virus.
For more information, speak to your GP, local pharmacist, or visit www.nhs.uk/flu.
The Custom House has arranged a surprise birthday party for King’s Lynn’s most famous sailor, Captain George Vancouver.
The event takes place at the Custom House, King’s Lynn on Friday 22nd June from 2.30 to 4pm.
Everyone is welcome to join in the celebrations, and it’s suggested you bring a card or a little cake perhaps!
Captain George Vancouver was a naval officer who, at the age of 14, set sail with Captain James Cook on his ship the ‘Resolution’ on a four-year expedition which took in the South Pacific, the Antarctic and the South Atlantic.
He also led the longest mapping expedition in history. In four-and-a-half years, Vancouver and his crewmen sailed about 140,000 kilometres and mapped the North American west coast from northern Mexico to southern Alaska.
It was George Vancouver who proved that Vancouver Island, off British Columbia was truly an island. It was named in his honour. As was the City of Vancouver in British Columbia and Fort Vancouver in Washington state.
A bronze statue of George can be seen at the quay in King’s Lynn as a tribute to the great explorer. The Vancouver Shopping Centre in the town is also named after him.
It’s Halloween night, and the local museum in King’s Lynn is preparing for an unusual event – the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway arrives, she finds the museum’s curator lying dead beside the coffin.
Elly Griffiths’ novels are steeped in Norfolk, Norse mythology, superstition, folklore and ruthless murder. She’ll be signing copies of A Room Full of Bones, out for the first time in paperback, on Saturday 12 May at Waterstones King’s Lynn.
Griffiths’ heroine is forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway. We first met Ruth in The Crossing Places, set in the tumbling cliffs of the North Norfolk coast, the same venue she used for her highly successful last novel The House at Sea’s End.
Considering that Elly has family in this neck of the woods, what is it she has about King’s Lynn that it’s turned into the Norfolk killing fields?
“I love King’s Lynn and its surroundings,” she says. “I love the layers of history which mean that I will never run out of plots.”
So we haven’t seen the last of the corpses then. How about the poor museum curator?
“I also love King’s Lynn Museum which is a far more impressive place than the museum in my book, though just as fascinating.”
“Soon the museum’s wealthy owner lies dead in his stables too…” Let’s call a halt there, shall we?
Elly Griffiths will be at Waterstones Norfolk Street shop at 11.00am on Saturday 12 May 2012.
Like many shopping centres The King’s Lynn Vancouver Quarter has been a victim of the recession, with a total of seven shopping units now vacant.
The good news is that the Vancouver Quarter have been holding talks with potential new tenants to fill four of their vacant units.
We asked them if they could reveal anything more …
They have promised to keep us informed of developments!
The King’s Lynn Youth Theatre opened its doors for the first time, many years ago, under the Directorship of Jenny Duda. Jenny had an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of Dramatists, Theatre and performing arts, and she combined this with an incredible imagination and set about writing original pieces of theatre for young people. The subject matter for the plays was as varying and diverse as the members who attended.
I Joined the Youth Theatre at the tender age of 13, not really knowing what to expect, and I found myself amongst young people who were not afraid of sharing ideas and investing everything they had into their performances, without the fear of being mocked. The Drama I experienced at the Youth Theatre was an entire universe away from what I encountered at school, it was challenging and exciting and it inspired me for the rest of my life. It is safe to say I was hooked immediately.
The first play I was in was called “Polish Hospitality” and it was about the German occupation of Poland during the Second World War. I remember feeling so special, that we as a group were being trusted with such a powerful and complex theme. It was this trust and belief in the capabilities of the Youth Theatre that elevated the students from feeling like mere children and gave them the confidence to be powerful actors. The expectations of the actors in the Youth Theatre were such that you had to rise to the challenge and as a result, the quality of the work would increase with each and every performance.
I spent nine years as a member of the King’s Lynn Youth Theatre and its partner adult company, ‘The Sweet Mongrels’, also directed by Jenny Duda. By the end of my time with both groups, drama was my life and so it was inevitable that I would go to University to study the craft further. I would still return to King’s Lynn to perform with the groups during my semester breaks. While at university, the Youth Theatre closed as the director moved to St Ives in Cornwall, this saddened me because I knew that although there were other amateur dramatic societies in King’s Lynn, none of them were quite like the Youth Theatre, with its eccentricities and originality.
Upon graduating from University, I spent my time teaching in Primary schools, writing, producing and directing original plays for their respective drama clubs and groups. I still missed the unrestricted and innovative nature of the Youth Theatre greatly and with kind permission form Jenny Duda, I took the reins and re-established the group as the new Creative Director. It was my firmest desire that the founding principals of empowering young people and developing their skills, through the medium of original theatre, remained paramount.
To date, the Youth Theatre is going from strength to strength, with an eclectic troop of actors from King’s Lynn and the surrounding communities, which is growing in numbers weekly. The cast have produced pieces of work that range from the sublime to the down-right ridiculous, from street theatre to full-scale productions. The structure of the Youth Theatre consists of two parts, the first being a series of skills development workshops with a view to casting and establishing concepts that will appear in future productions, the second part is the commencement of rehearsals for the play.
What makes my approach to the development of the actors performing skills different to many other theatre companies is that I write for my actors. In the workshop sessions, I obtain a profile of the abilities of each individual, their strengths and areas where there needs to be further work. I will then write a part for each individual, which will support their abilities and yet challenge them, so the entire process becomes one of continual personal growth and learning.
The King’s Lynn Youth Theatre meets every Saturday at the Red Cross building on Austin Fields, from 1.30pm to 4pm at a cost of £4.50 per session. The Next Youth Theatre Production of ‘A Classic Experience’ will be shown at King’s Lynn Academy’s North Hall on the 16th and 17th of March at 7pm. Tickets cost £5.00. View Poster
If you are interested in coming along to see the show or if you are interested in becoming a member of the King’s Lynn Youth Theatre, please contact Luke Goold on 07760564061 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can also visit our Facebook page facebook.com/kingslynnyouththeatre
I am proud to say that the Youth Theatre is still a place where any young person can attend and be supported in their work by their peers and professionals alike.
The atrocities of the Holocaust and the courage of those who have spoken out against persecution will be remembered at a multi-faith service in the Tower Gardens at noon on Sunday 29 January.
The service will be attended by Borough Mayor Cllr. Colin Sampson, Leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr. Nick Daubney, civic dignitaries, members of the Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths, KLARS (King’s Lynn Area Settlement Support), the Soroptomists and St Martha’s Roman Catholic School.
Together these individuals and the communities they represent will make a united stand against violence and prejudice and mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Janie Codona, whose work to promote understanding and raise awareness of issues affecting the traveller community earned her an MBE this year, will give a special reading. Further readings will follow, wreathes will be laid and all those attending will be invited to light a candle in honour of those who lost their lives in the Holocaust and other genocides and as a symbol of their commitment to work towards a democratic society.
St Martha’s choir will perform and the service will end with a blessing in English and Hebrew. Anyone is welcome to attend.
Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau on January 27 1945.
Each year the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust encourages people to take the opportunity to reflect upon the terrible consequences of the persecution that led to the Holocaust, remember the victims of this atrocity and more recent genocides and to learn the lessons that these tragedies have to teach us about the impact of intolerance and discrimination of any form.
The day helps to provide a platform to promote understanding of the fundamental human rights that were adopted as a response to the Holocaust and provides an opportunity to celebrate the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is Speak Out Speak Up. It invites people to reflect upon the way that silence and complicity allows persecution to thrive and encourages people to have the courage to oppose actions that they know to be wrong.
Borough Mayor Cllr. Colin Sampson said, “I visited Belsen twice in the late 1970s, when my TA unit was on exercise in Germany, and was deeply moved by the atmosphere of the memorial. There really was no birdsong, or even birds, within the site.
“Unfortunately, dreadful events, similar to what we know as the Holocaust, are happening all over the world even now. Many of them barely make the headlines any more. However, that only makes our Holocaust Memorial Day all the more important, especially with this year’s theme of Speak Out, Speak Up. Those that do must receive more support from our supposed civilised society across the world so that one day this is just a Memorial Day as a reminder of the past and not a commentary on current events.
I urge all of you to try to join us in Tower Gardens at noon on Sunday 29 January 2012.”
For more information contact the Civics Officer on 01553 762124, or visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website: www.hmd.org.uk.
About the Photo:
This photo was taken in March 1944. The women are members of the Greek-Jewish community of Ioaninna. There are no men in the picture because they had already become prisoners of the Nazis.
In March, 1944, these women were ordered to pack a bag and leave their homes. The Nazis made them gather together in an open space and here we see them waiting for the trucks that will take them away from Greece and across Europe to camps in Poland, where many of them will be murdered.
Of course, as this picture is being taken, they don’t know that they will be murdered. They only know that they are leaving their homes and community and they have no idea when they will be allowed back home. That is why they are all looking cold and sad and why some of them are crying. They are facing a long journey into the unknown and there is no-one to help them.
We’ve only just got over the heatwave, but Norfolk is already preparing for an early onset of wintry weather after long-range forecasts warned of an increased risk a colder than average November.
The restocking of seven salt storage domes and two strategic reserves in Swaffham and Norwich is well underway. Once complete, nearly 20,000 tonnes of treated road salt will be ready for use when temperatures fall.
Last year (2010) the county was in the grip of ice and snow before the end of November, and the extreme weather lasted until the end of the year. Nationally, road salt supplies ran low, but Norfolk was better placed than most counties thanks to reserves stored at Swaffham and Norwich.
Graham Plant, Cabinet member for Planning and Transportation, said: “Last winter our gritting crews did a fantastic job keeping the priority network treated and useable throughout the worst of the weather. It is not widely recognised that these crews are drawn from our normal daily road maintenance operations, yet they are out there in the evenings or early hours of the morning making sure roads are treated.
“In severe weather, especially heavy snow, they have to concentrate on the priority network of just over 2,000 miles – a third of the network – so we are encouraging local communities to do what they can to help. We are very pleased that the town councils at Wells, Diss, Aylsham and Holt have agreed to take on winter gritting duties on pavements and other areas which the gritting lorries don’t reach. Other local councils have bought grit bins which the County Council fills so that people can treat local trouble spots.
- Last year the cost of gritting Norfolks roads came to over £4 million.
- Off-highway gritting is carried out at important sites such as hospitals and park and ride sites.
Credits. Photo: Ian Britton, FreeFoto