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Jerene Irwin, Associate Director at Chaplin Farrant in Norwich, is the new President of the Norfolk Association of Architects (NAA). Jerene is the second female President in NAA’s 96-year history, following the late Sheila Gooch, who was President in 1975-77.
 
Jerene’s key activity during the first six months of her two-year presidency is to lead planning for FANN17, the biennial Festival of Architecture in Norwich & Norfolk. 
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 00:00

Pop-ups arrive on Norwich Market

A dynamic new group of stalls have 'popped up' on Norwich Market giving budding small businesses and traders the opportunity to try their hand at selling in the heart of the city centre.  

The nine new pop-ups aim to bring an extra buzz to the market through inviting traders to set up temporarily and provide shoppers with an ever-changing range of products to explore. 

Available to rent on short term, flexible lets and at low cost, the pop-ups are perfect for people who want to try trading in an established location but without committing to a long-term lease.

Published in Visitor Guide
Nelson’s Gold, a brand new spirit drink from Norfolk’s Wild Knight English Vodka, was launched today (March 20) at the Maids Head Hotel in Tombland, Norwich.
 
The new spirit drink combines Wild Knight English Vodka and caramelised East Anglian sugar beet. It takes its name from the story behind the predecessor of Horatio Nelson’s HMS Victory, which was sunk in 1700 containing around £500m worth of gold coins.
Published in News from our Indies

Time is set to stand still as final preparations are put in place for essential repairs to City Hall’s clock tower which will see the timepiece’s hands set to 12 o’clock while the work is done.

The repairs, expected to take around 14 weeks, will begin on Monday (6 March) and involve scaffolding going around the tower.

A crane will be brought in to remove the long vertical pieces of metal that sit on each corner of the clock tower – called ‘finials’ – so they can be taken away, cleaned, repaired and reinstalled. Details of when the crane is due on site are yet to be confirmed. 

 

Students from Istituto Tecnico per il Turismo G.Mazzotti, Treviso in northern Italy, took part in a pancake challenge at the Maids Head Hotel, in Norwich, to mark  Shrove Tuesday
 
The Italian students were victorious in a timed pancake making competition, against a team comprising staff from the Maids Head, The English Experience and Liftshare. 
 
Linzi Rawson, Sales Manager, Maids Head Hotel explained: “The English Experience asked if we would host the group of 40 Italian students and take them on a tour of the hotel. As it was Shrove Tuesday, we decided to also introduce them to our pancake tradition.
Published in News from our Indies
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 00:00

Maids Head Hotel Retains Platinum Graded Loo's

The Maids Head Hotel in Norwich has retained top platinum grading for its public toilets in the annual Loo of the Year Awards, along with a special Attendant of the Year Award for cleanliness.
 
The Loo of the Year Awards, have been identifying the best in Britain since 1987, and are recognised as standard setters for all those who provide ‘away from home’ facilities for staff, customers and visitors.
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Inceptum Norwich, a business formed by a group of year 12 students at Norwich School, who are taking part in this year's Young Enterprise Programme’s company scheme, have produced and published, Norwich: A colouring guide for a fine city, featuring 15 historic buildings and locations throughout the city (price £5.99). 
 
The Maids Head Hotel in Tombland, one of the buildings in the colouring guide, is selling the booklet at hotel reception. Guests on the Maids Head’s Historic Norwich package receive a copy in their room. The hotel has also combined with Inceptum Norwich to offer dinner for two for the best coloured-in booklet. Completed guides should be handed-in at hotel reception by February 28.
Published in News from our Indies
Monday, 23 January 2017 00:00

Makers’ Month returns to The Forum

Norfolk’s ‘makers’ are taking over The Forum, in Norwich, from Monday 30 January – Saturday 25 February to help people learn how to knit, spin, weave, sew, crochet, sketch, paint and many other ‘crafty’ skills. 

Makers’ Month is open to all, with free drop-in activities, bookable workshops and textile based exhibitions for curious beginners through to talented enthusiasts. Visitors to The Forum throughout February can find inspiration, like-minded company and plenty of experienced makers, all of them keen to share top tips and techniques.

Makers’ Month is also a great event for families during February half term with plenty of free hands-on activities for young people.

Twelve children, aged four to seven, from Cecil Gowing Infant School in Norwich, planted 24 daffodil bulbs at the Maids Head Hotel on Tuesday, January 17 to help raise money for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal. The children also decorated pots and then planted their own daffodil bulb to take home.
 
The Maids Head is inviting people to sponsor a daffodil bulb for £15, with the money going to Marie Curie. To aid identification each child also added name sticks next to their bulbs. 
 
The person who sponsors the first daffodil to bloom will win an evening for two in the hotel’s Wine Press restaurant, enjoying the new seven-course Inspiration Menu. There will also be a prize for the child who planted the daffodil. 

When it comes to the holiday season, it is natural to want to get away from it all and take a short break from the stresses of your usual routine. It is also normal to be unable to afford such a luxury, as flights and hotels can cost a bomb, especially around the festive season.

There is a very realistic alternative out there though- how about a small break in your home country? Why not take a week off and travel to Norfolk, which is within close proximity to the sea for those crisp winter walks along the beach, and boasts the wealth of fresh local produce to really add a punch to your holiday menu. Staycations are cheaper for you and can do great favours for the local economy too. This year, The Telegraph reported that inquiries and bookings were up by approximately 25% in the peak summer months in Norfolk.

Published in Visitor Guide
Friday, 18 November 2016 00:00

Advent Moving Feast

The Maids Head Hotel and Norwich Cathedral are combining to stage a special Advent Moving Feast on the evening of Saturday, November 26.
 
The Dean of Norwich, the Very Reverend Jane Hedges and her husband Chris Hedges, are hosting the first course in the ancient Priors Hall, before guests are escorted across Tombland, to the equally historic Maids Head Hotel, for the main course and dessert. Diners will also be regaled with historic tales of the Priors Hall, Cathedral Close, Tombland and the Maids Head Hotel during the meal.
 
Chris Hedges is chef for the first course, producing a variety of soups with scones, before handing over to the Maids Head team led by Head Chef, Marcin 'Magic' Pomierny, who are offering a choice of main courses including Norfolk turkey, seared monkfish and roasted butternut squash. A selection of desserts is also on the menu including stem ginger pudding, orange & candied nut salad, Christmas ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Published in News from our Indies
Saturday, 12 November 2016 00:00

Debut children's book from Norwich author

Curly Sheep's Bad Hair Day is a new children's book written and illustrated by Norwich author and artist, Sandra Derry. It is the first in a series of books by Sandra, who grew up on a farm, aiming to introduce children to countryside life. Curly  Sheep's Bad Hair Day is beautifully illustrated. It explains, in a fun way,  how and why sheep get sheared.
 
Sandra approached Kinsale Infant School for feedback, when she was writing the book and creating the illustrations.  The reviews from children at the school are included on the back cover. 
 
To thank the children, Sandra visited Kinsale Infant School to present copies of the book to her band of reviewers.
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An important collection of Norwich School of Painters is going on public display for the first time ever in November, as Mandell’s Gallery celebrates its Golden anniversary.

The paintings, more than 50, are from the private collection of Norwich Art devotee Geoffrey Allen, founder of the Elm Hill, Norwich, gallery. It’s been run by his son John and now grand-daughter Rachel (28) is taking over.

“Father had a fascination for Norwich School landscapes that just ran away with him. He was such an avid collector it became a passion,” recalled John. He probably had 200 paintings hung in the family home, three deep with frames touching each other. There were still more stored in the loft."

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 00:00

Serving up an ace at Eaton Park

From next week, playing tennis on Eaton Park’s hardcourts will be better value for money as the ‘pay and play’ system is replaced with an annual membership one.

At the park there are four all-weather flood-lit courts operated by Norwich Parks Tennis. The other three courts, currently managed by the council and charged at £6.10 for a full-paying adult per hour, will also be managed by Norwich Parks Tennis from Monday 31 October.

Membership is just £30 a year and is valid for anyone who lives in your home and means you can book online and play for no additional charge. So, if you play just five times in a year, you’ll have made a saving.

Published in Clubs & Societies
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:00

Making History with new Civic Chains

Local goldsmith Sonkai, a family business working in the centre of Norwich won the commission with a design telling a story of Norwich through motifs depicting significant cultural aspects of the city.

The chains have the flexibility of adding new motifs. They can be worn with robes, day dress or eveningwear by any gender, in three different ways, whereas the old chains were designed for male Lord Mayors wearing the robes of office. The crests of the Sheriff and Lord Mayor have been retained within the new design.

The new chains were presented to the Mayor and Sheriff of Norwich at the city hall with representatives from the Freemen of Norwich who have funded the project along with new civic robes and this project has been kindly supported by the Norwich Town Close Estate.  The Freemen celebrate 700 years in 2017, which has been aptly captured with the 700th anniversary celebration logo as one of the featured motifs.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 00:00

Hansells Making Waves with Norwich Philharmonic

A Norwich law firm was already an energetic teenager when, in 1841, the city gave birth to a new music society.

During the following 175 years, Hansells and the Norwich Philharmonic have each thrived. Over the generations both have become woven into the fabric of Norfolk life.

This week lawyers, musicians and singers came together at Hansells offices in Cathedral Close to launch Norwich Philharmonic's 2016-17 concert programme. It is the fifth successive year Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers have been the highly-acclaimed society’s main sponsors.

Published in News from our Indies
Thursday, 29 September 2016 00:00

Danny Keen - Art, Baking and Music

Danny Keen, Norfolk-based artist, who came to London from Jamaica in 1952 as one of the ‘Windrush generation’, is exhibiting a series of 24 abstract paintings called ‘Of Black Holes and Violets’ at the Norfolk Black History Month Exhibition, in the Start Up Lounge, City College, Norwich. 
 
Lord John Bird of Notting Hill, founder of the Big Issue, will officially open the exhibition at 5pm on Friday, October 7.  He will also present an award for the best painting or sculpture in the exhibition. 
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:00

Maids Head Hotel New Entrance Launch

The Maids Head Hotel in Norwich has completed a £150,000 project to refurbish the public lounges and reception and create a new entrance on Tombland, including a revolving door. The Dean of Norwich, The Very Reverend Jane Hedges, officially 'launched' the new entrance, on Tuesday, September 13. 
 
Christine Malcolm, General Manager the Maids Head Hotel said: “The hotel has been privately owned by the Chaplin family since December 2012. Our owners have embarked on a range of sympathetic refurbishment and renovation projects, to ensure that our historic building meets the expectations of 21st century visitors. Our new entrance and reception area provides a much more welcoming environment with lovely views out onto Tombland. We have also been pleased to be able to work with a range of local contractors and suppliers on this project.”
Published in News from our Indies
Friday, 29 July 2016 00:00

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days (HODs) is England's biggest heritage festival celebrating our fantastic history, architecture and culture. Here in Norfolk, the local 2016 festival brochure is available from Monday 1 August, bursting with over 200 hidden places and heritage events just waiting to be discovered between Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 September

The HODs festival offers a combination of drop-in and pre-book events all over the county and booking opens on Monday 1 August. Brochures will be available from The Forum in Norwich, Tourist Information Centres, libraries and many other venues across the county. The full programme of HODs events across Norfolk can also be found online from Monday via www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Published in Visitor Guide
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

Norwich Science Festival

The inaugural city-wide Norwich Science Festival has today announced its first wave of headline talks and events.

For two weeks this autumn, science is celebrated with a packed programme of fascinating exhibitions, hands-on family activities, inspiring celebrity talks and noisy theatrical shows for all ages and all levels of scientific knowledge.

The festival takes place 18 – 30 October 2016 and is being organised by The Forum, Norwich, with the support of many partner organisations.

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