Historic King’s Lynn has been chosen as one of the first 10 Heritage Action Zones by Historic England, the driving force behind this nationwide project to breathe new life into neglected historic buildings and sites and encourage regeneration in areas that are rich in uncelebrated heritage.
The town joins Appleby in Cumbria, Coventry in the West Midlands, Elsecar in South Yorkshire, Hull in East Yorkshire, Nottingham in Nottinghamshire, Ramsgate in Kent, Sunderland in Tyne and Wear, Sutton in South London and Weston-super-Mare in Somerset. It is the only Heritage Action Zone in the East of England.
Stories of Lynn has launched an exciting schools programme, which brings local history and learning vividly to life. To celebrate, they’re offering the chance for a whole class to win a trip to one of their activity days!
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “Schools events at Stories of Lynn offer the perfect opportunity to bring the curriculum to life. King’s Lynn has 800 years of fascinating history, and where better to learn about it than in the buildings it was recorded in? The exhibition, the old gaol cells, the education room, the archive room, and rooms within the medieval town hall will be brought to life by characters from days gone by in fun, interactive and educational sessions, perfect for Key Stages 1 and 2. Pupils can learn about the past through hands-on, engaging sessions, including object-handling, storytelling and craft activities”.
West Norfolk Recycling Rewards awarded three local charities a total of £3,000 at an event last week as part of a drive to encourage residents of the Borough to waste less and recycle more. Members of the scheme voted for their favourite from a shortlist of charities, with Norfolk Hospice winning top prize of £1,500. The two runners up, West Norfolk Mind and Scotty’s Little Soldiers, were both awarded £750 each.
West Norfolk Recycling Rewards was launched to all households in the borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk back in May and encourages residents to recycle more and waste less through individual and community rewards. The borough is split into five communities who compete against each other to earn the most Green Points, with the communities that earn most Green Points after six months winning the biggest donations to the local charity most popular among their residents.
A young King’s Lynn football side are sporting a brand-new kit thanks to sponsorship from local housing developer and regeneration specialist Lovell.
The company has provided a new Nike football strip for Reffley Youth Football Club’s under-8s players. Lovell is currently undertaking a major housing regeneration programme at Hillington Square, King’s Lynn, and is also about to start work on a major new-build homes development in the area.
Thanking the company, Reffley Youth FC under-8s coach and club chairman Mark Kilvington says: “The under-8s are a great little bunch of lads and they are all very excited about having the new kit.
The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk is preparing to welcome The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge to King’s Lynn!
The One Show’s 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.
Cllr Brian Long, leader of the borough council, said: “It’s great news that King’s Lynn has been chosen as a location for The One Show to visit. We’re delighted to welcome the team to our town, and hope the weather stays fine for them! I wish all those involved every success in their fundraising efforts for Children in Need”.
King’s Lynn’s summer of street performances continues, with the next act arriving this Saturday.
Eight talented and unusual acts are still to perform shows across four Saturdays from July to September, adding to an already packed programme of free events. The performers will be in Baxter’s Plain in the Vancouver Quarter, and shows will take place between noon and 3pm.
A new scheme which launched in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk last month will see six local charity and community projects benefit from residents’ recycling efforts. These are: Hospital Radio Lynn, West Norfolk Mind, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, The Rotary Club of King’s Lynn, The Norfolk Hospice and Festival Too.
West Norfolk Recycling Rewards encourages residents to recycle as much as they can in order to earn Green Points for their community. There are five communities across the Borough: Kings Lynn and Surroundings, Southern and Downham Market, Northern and Hunstanton, West Norfolk Fens and West Norfolk Central.
This week sees the launch of a new recycling incentive scheme, West Norfolk Recycling Rewards, which aims to encourage residents of the borough to recycle all they can in order to win prizes for themselves and their community.
The scheme is open to all residents of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, with welcome packs set to land on doorsteps in May. To get involved in the free scheme, residents first need to activate their accounts on the Recycling Rewards website at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingrewards, by calling 0207 326 5055 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5:30pm) or by filling in the freepost form included in their welcome pack.
At a special awards ceremony on 27 April , local architectural excellence and craftsmanship was celebrated with the announcement of the winners of the annual Mayor's Design Awards.
29 schemes were shortlisted for the awards under a number of different categories. The judging panel had previously commented on what a pleasure it had been to visit all the schemes and what a difficult job it was to choose the winners.
The borough council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk 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.
Monday 15 June marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of King John’s Magna Carta, the document which laid the foundations for the rights and representations we enjoy today.
King’s Lynn will celebrate the anniversary on the 13 & 14 June. The Magna Carta 800 weekend will include a whole host of medieval themed activities including falconry displays, craft demonstrations, fire breathing and historical enactments (including a knights’ tournament and a proclamation by King John), which will be based in Tuesday Market Place from 10 am until 4 pm. All activities will be free of charge.
Representatives from the Bespak Grand East Anglia Run went to London on Saturday, 25 April, ahead of the London Marathon, to be presented with the Bill Reynolds Memorial Trophy 2015 from BARR by ex world 10,000m world record holder and former London Marathon race director David Bedford.
The Bespak Grand East Anglia Run has scooped the national Bill Reynolds Memorial Trophy 2015, awarded by BARR (British Association of Road Races) for the event which has greatly improved its race organisation.
Paul Wood, Chairman of BARR explained: "The trophy was created to continue the legacy of Bill Reynolds - past president of BARR and a man who continually sought to improve the standards of race organisation. The trophy is awarded annually by the BARR Committee. We scrutinise the Bespak GEAR 10k each year in order to give it a grading. We have watched how the organisers continually look to improve on the way things are done. We are delighted to award this trophy to such a worthy winner."
Staff at King's Lynn Custom House have organised a week of Maritime walks and exhibitions to help promote the town in celebration of English Tourism Week.
The events are designed to showcase the town's history and maritime heritage and highlight what the town has to offer for tourists and visitors.
Following an appeal on Facebook, ten runners have come forward confirming that they have taken part in every Bespak Grand East Anglia Run since the first one in 2006. Many joined Alive Leisure Race Director Roger Partridge at the Custom House to mark the publicity launch for the tenth annual Bespak Grand East Anglia Run.
Cllr David Pope, Cabinet Member for ICT, Leisure and Public Space, said: “When the council first came up with the idea of holding this race in the town centre, they never dreamed that it would be the massive success that it has been. To see the same faces returning year on year, many of them being joined by their family and friends, is so rewarding and exactly what this event is all about. It’s a great way of encouraging people to be more active as part of a healthy lifestyle, whether young or old, whether a regular runner or just a beginner. The Bespak GEAR is the perfect goal to help people stay motivated.”
At yesterday's (12 January 2015) launch of King's Lynn's first Hanse Business Convention, it was confirmed by Marion Köhn, Managing Director of Business Hanse, and Manfred Schürkamp, Deputy Chairman of the Business Hanse, that the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk has become the first 'Kontor' of the new Business Hanse.
In medieval times, being a 'Kontor' was a great honour. There was only one Kontor for each member country. The Kontor would represent their country within the Hanseatic League and would be the key trading post.
Families are being invited to roll up their sleeves to help plant fruit trees at the newly cleared Kettlewell Lane park.
The Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, working with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, have organised the event to encourage families to come along and learn about tree planting and sowing wildflower seeds as well as having the opportunity to find out more about the ancient craft of 'pollarding' willow trees.
King’s Lynn is getting ready for an evening of festive fun as it makes the final preparations for the Christmas lights switch-on on Thursday 20 November.
From 5.30 pm the Tuesday Market Place will be abuzz with live entertainment including a performance by The Rock Choir. The victor of the Battle of Acoustic Bands contest, currently being eagerly fought in local venues, will also perform on the night.
Winners of the King’s Lynn in Bloom Allotment Challenge and Front Garden competition were announced at an awards ceremony at King’s Lynn Town Hall on Tuesday 2 September.
The awards were presented by Borough Mayor, Barry Ayres, and have been sponsored by Hayes and Storr solicitors and supported by West Norfolk MIND, where staff made window boxes for the newly created window box category.