The Norfolk Festival of Nature at Gresham’s, a celebration of the county’s unique countryside, returns to Holt on 16 – 18 June 2017 with a fantastic new family friendly line-up.
The opening event on Friday 16 June welcomes well-known television presenters and wildlife lovers, Martin Hughes-Games (BBC’s Springwatch) and Iolo Williams (BBC Wales) for an amusing and informative show. The ‘Wildlife Road Trip’ will be packed with facts and fun for the whole family to enjoy.
Move over Buster the Boxer, this Christmas is all about the return of Benson the black Labrador.
Benson, a familiar sight at Gresham’s School, Holt, returns to print for his ninth calendar. The money raised from the sales will again be split between two service charities; Help for Heroes and Walking with the Wounded.
It is likely that the 2017 edition will be the penultimate calendar as Benson as he has been going progressively blind since February which has curtailed many of his activities and photo opportunities. In previous editions, Benson can be seen at ease in the presence of military personnel in various locations across the country, and although he no longer goes out and about, he is still a firm fixture at the School.
Gresham’s teachers, Chris Cox, Ben Green and David Saker have completed their first ‘Ultra Marathon’, raising £2745 for two charities.
The trio endured extremely hot weather conditions, rough terrain, severe cramp and aching legs to complete the ‘South Coast Challenge’, a gruelling off-road 100km race from Eastbourne to Arundel, during the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Chris and Ben took part in the challenge to raise money for ‘Thinking of Oscar’, a charity which aims to improve the experiences of young children and their families while they are in hospital care and to provide for the development of research and development into and the provision of improved diagnostic techniques and technology for paediatric care.
Gresham’s teachers, Chris Cox, Ben Green and David Saker will take on their first ‘Ultra Marathon’ in August to raise money for two charities.
Chris, Ben and David have signed up to take part in the ‘South Coast Challenge’ during the August Bank Holiday weekend and are hoping to complete the gruelling off road 100kms from Eastbourne to Arundel in less than fifteen hours.
Chris and Ben are running for ‘Thinking of Oscar’, a charity which aims to improve the experiences of young children and their families while they are in hospital care and to provide for the development of research and development into and the provision of improved diagnostic techniques and technology for paediatric care.
David is taking part in the challenge to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society which seeks to support people suffering from dementia and to fund world-class research with the ultimate goal of defeating it.
Holt Country Park, Sadler’s Wood and Pretty Corner, near Sheringham, have again been named amongst the best open spaces in the UK, winning the right to fly the prestigious Green Flag for 2015/16.
It is the eleventh year in a row that Holt Country Park, which, like the other two winners, is run by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), has earned a Green Flag for being welcoming, safe, clean and well-managed.
Members of the Rotary Club of Holt and District have raised £600 for local charity Nelson’s Journey who support bereaved children and young people throughout Norfolk. Rotarian John Sizeland and his wife Mary held a lunch at their home in Erpingham, where a raffle and other fundraising activities were held to raise the total amount.
The club, who aim to help the local community thrive through bringing together the skills, experience and enthusiasm of retired local business people, were spurred into fundraising after a talk from a staff member from the charity. President John Richley, Treasurer Frank Fidgeon, along with John Sizeland, visited the charity’s home, Smiles House, in Little Plumstead to deliver the cheque directly to CEO Simon Wright. The three members also received a tour of the building, learned how Nelson’s Journey supports bereaved children and young people onsite, and met several members of the Child Bereavement Support Team.
North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) is celebrating ten years of working together successfully with volunteers from Holt Day Centre at Green Flag award-winning Holt Country Park.
For the last ten years, NNDC’s Countryside Rangers have been joined by volunteers from Holt Day Centre to undertake practical conservation work including building a sensory garden, making butterfly habitats, planting trees, gardening and creating habitats for mini beasts and amphibians.
Holt Rugby Football Club (Holt RFC) players and spectators celebrated the completion of works to improve the club’s toilets facilities with North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) Deputy Leader, Rhodri Oliver, at a recent derby match at Bridge Road.
The club was awarded a grant of £12,500 from the Big Society Fund (BSF) to contribute towards phase one of the ‘Clubhouse Redevelopment Project’ which the BSF Panel agreed was essential to support the club’s viability and growth. The improvements were determined following the club’s extensive consultation with players, spectators and other users of the facilities.
Holt is unlike any other Norfolk town. If you are strolling through its busy streets on any weekend in the year, the first thing you will notice is that outside the big banks, it is hard to find a national chain’s shopfront in Holt, and the town is all the better for it.
There is no WH Smith, no JD Wetherspoons, no Next, no Marks and Spencer – and even the supermarket (Budgens) has now been bought up by Bakers and Larners of Holt which has affectionately been dubbed the Harrods of Norfolk. Indeed you are more likely to see a member of the Royal family, an ex Prime-minister or A list celebrity strolling around this fine Georgian Town than someone walking around with a bag promoting a national chain.