Victorian Mart Family Event at Lynn Museum

The Victorian Mart is returning to Lynn Museum! On Thursday 20th February, between 10am and 1pm, the museum will be filled with fun and games for all visitors to enjoy.

Alongside displays of Savage’s fairground models, visitors will be able to learn more about the Lynn Mart, Savage’s of Lynn and the showmen who make it all possible. Victorian-inspired crafts, candy floss tasting and traditional fairground games, as well as a fun family trail, will be available to try throughout the morning.

Beth Kierman, Front of House Supervisor at Lynn Museum, said: “The King’s Lynn Mart is one of the most exciting events of the year for local people, and we can’t wait to celebrate its return with our free family event.”

The event is run on a drop-in basis, so there is no need to book. Admission to the museum is free.

More information can be found on the museum’s website:


Water ski racing this weekend

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The Hanseatic Water Ski Race takes place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July, and excitement is mounting as more details about the event are announced. From 9:30am on Saturday, and 10am on Sunday, speedboats will race at up to 100 mph along the River Ouse in 8 different races. This unforgettable sight is best viewed from the quayside in Lynn’s historic waterfront.

Jason Russell, Commodore of Hunstanton Ski Club and race organiser, said: “Formula 1, 2 and 3 water-ski racing is returning to the Great River Ouse in King’s Lynn, and it’s going to be spectacular. This is the only river race in the country, so take your chance to watch from an unbeatable vantage point. We’ve been working hard to organise two fantastic days of racing, and we hope to see everyone there”.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “The Hanseatic Ski Race won Community Event of the Year 2015 in our Mayor’s Business Awards – a category decided by a public vote – and it was well deserved. This event is back again this year to transform Lynn’s quayside for two days of unmissable racing, and I urge everyone to come along and join the fun”.

New this year is the under-8s fun ski race, which takes place at the end of the programme of races on Saturday 9 July. These junior daredevils will brave the choppy waters of the river on boards, and need as many spectators as possible to cheer them on. Spectators will also see surprise appearances from costumed characters on the water; sure to be a hit with younger spectators.

There will be plenty happening on dry land too, with fun family activities on the quayside across both days. These will include food stalls, sweet stalls and ice cream, an outside BBQ and bar, face-painting, and more. On Sunday, there will also be live music performed by talented singer Jo Jenkinson.

Full details of the races can be viewed at

Packed programme of events planned for Lynn

Horse riders at last year's Hanse Festival

Horse riders at last year’s Hanse Festival

The borough council is planning a programme of events for the coming months that will mean there’s always something to do and see in King’s Lynn.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds said “The borough council’s programme of events is a big part of what makes King’s Lynn such a fantastic place to live and visit. More people than ever visited our town centre last year, and with such a varied and exciting line-up of events, that’s no surprise. Some events last year proved so successful that they’re returning this year. Some events are new, like our celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday, so there really is something for everyone.”

On 21 April, West Norfolk will join the national beacon-lighting event to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Beacons in King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Hunstanton will be lit in the early evening.

The Hanse Festival takes place on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May, and many of the performers from last year’s wonderful 10th anniversary celebrations will be returning. Two days of events will mark King’s Lynn’s Hanseatic heritage. King’s Staithe Square will once again be the focus of live music. Hanse House will be the focus for archery demonstrations, craft workshops, traditional dancing, and food and drink stalls.

Also on Saturday 21 May, as part of King’s Lynn In Bloom 2016, a Plant Fair comes to the Tuesday Market Place. Keen gardeners will be able to buy plants and craft items, swap horticulture tips, and there will be a visit from popular BBC Radio Norfolk programme “The Garden Party”.

40s weekend spitfire trail king streetFans of last year’s celebration of the iconic Spitfire will be delighted to learn that another plane is to be featured, when the Tornado Trail is launched on Sunday 29 May. Model Tornado aircraft will be placed along a trail that will guide visitors around the historic town centre, and celebrate and commemorate RAF Marham’s 100th anniversary.

An event on Sunday 12 June to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday will transport visitors and residents back to the 1920s. A flapper or two may even be spotted amongst the crowds!

On Thursday 30 June, West Norfolk will pay its respects to those who sacrificed their lives with an overnight vigil to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the most devastating days of loss of WWI.

The very popular event Forties Lynn: Life on the Home Front will return on Sunday 17 July. Activities will take place all day in the Tuesday Market Place, the town hall, and Lynn Museum. Visitors can explore the air-raid shelter under the market place, meet wartime characters, and find out how Lynn’s residents lived during the war years.

After its incredibly successful launch last year, the Mods & Rockers Scooter and Motorbike Meet makes a welcome return on Sunday 7 August. The style of the mod and rocker era will be brought to life as Lambrettas, Vespas, Triumphs, Harleys and more are shown off by their proud owners. Live music, clothing stalls, and food and drinks stalls also make this vibrant event one not to miss.

On Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August, the Tuesday Market Place will host a Folk Festival. Numerous bands, groups and solo artists will perform a mix of traditional and modern music, alongside a range of food and drink stalls.

The Fairytales and Legends event returns on Sunday 21 August, and once again the town centre of King’s Lynn will be transformed into a magical land where children can meet all their favourite heroes and heroines. There will also be a range of activities and workshops running throughout the day.

Heritage Day0002The King’s Lynn Civic Society will hold their wonderful Heritage Open Day on Sunday 11 September, and this once again coincides with the Classic Car Show. Last year’s event attracted vehicles from the earliest days of motoring, all the way up to a car driven by 007! This year’s event is sure to be even better and is a must for any motoring enthusiast. Anyone interested in showing their vehicle is asked to email to register their interest.

Fawkes in the Walks, King’s Lynn’s fabulous free firework display, will return to The Walks on Friday 4 November. The fun will start at 6pm, when the park will be packed with stalls and rides. The bonfire will be lit at 6:30pm, and the main firework display will begin at 8pm.

In November, the countdown to Christmas starts in King’s Lynn at our annual festive lights switch-on event. As always, special guests will take to the stage in the town centre for an afternoon of fun, ending with the switch being flicked to set the town sparkling. Last year, the Big Switch-on included the launch of special festive light projections on building around the town centre. The date and times of the event will be confirmed nearer the time.

All of these events, and much more, can be found listed in our What’s On Section

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We may be a little slower than usual dealing with your emails, events listings and advertising, and hope you will make allowances for this.

Local people to feature in light show

 One of the recent lightshows at the Custom House. Photos: Kevin Elfleet

One of the recent lightshows at the Custom House. Photos: Kevin Elfleet

As part of the borough council’s link up with Amiens in France, further projected light shows are being planned for this year and French artist Halida Boughriet would like to involve local people in her installation which is set to be displayed on the town’s Greyfriar’s Tower.

The focus for her installation, which is provisionally called ‘Ephemeral Scenes of Lynn’ will be human interaction and performance. To create her light show she is seeking 10 people who will be filmed under a light pretending to whistle or blow.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for Tourism and Marketing, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to engage with this project and to become part of an art installation that will launch on 27 March this year and be shown throughout the year. I hope that people of all ages will come forward.”

To nominate yourself, all you need to do is take two ‘selfies’ – one face on and one side profile and email them to project officer by 6 February 2015. Successful nominees will be chosen at random.

The filming will take place on 11, 12 and 13 February and successful nominees will be notified of the details.

Save your biscuit wrappers!

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Norfolk Hospice are collecting biscuit wrappers which can be recycled to raise extra income for the charity.

The wrappers can be any brand, shape or size, as long as they are just the wrapper – no boxes or tins and they must not be savoury, for example crackers.

You can drop off your wrappers at the Hospice in Hillington or take them into your local Hospice shop who can forward them on. The Hospice will collect any large amount that are are unable to be delivered.

Fundraisers gear up for 350 mile bike ride

Bottom row: Chris Faull, Stuart Howlett, Ali Logan, Emma Thompson, Annie Thompson, Paddy Thompson. Top row: Bromley, Dean Rawnsley, Kevin Piggott and Gemma Benlarbi.

Bottom row: Chris Faull, Stuart Howlett, Ali Logan, Emma Thompson, Annie Thompson, Paddy Thompson. Top row: Ian Bromley, Dean Rawnsley, Kevin Piggott and Gemma Benlarbi.

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!”

To support the team visit:

Custom House lights up in remembrance

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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.

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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.”

Win £600 of security monitoring

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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: 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.’

New rowing club will build its own racing boats

From left to right.. Bob Panrucker (KLCRC Chairman) Ben Steeves (KLCRC Rowing Secretary) Jimmy Yallop (Discovery Centre Manager) Cllr Alistair Beales, Bob Casey (Discovery Centre) ,Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Tom Perrem (KLCRC Treasurer)

From left to right.. Bob Panrucker (KLCRC Chairman), Ben Steeves (KLCRC Rowing Secretary), Jimmy Yallop (Discovery Centre Manager), Cllr Alistair Beales, Bob Casey (Discovery Centre), Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Tom Perrem (KLCRC Treasurer)

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

College heads for new heights


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.

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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.

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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

£98,000 lottery grant for Hardwick Cemetery

Hardwick Road Cemetery

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.