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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Kemp’s Men celebrate a big birthday this weekend – their 60th. To mark this milestone they are celebrating with a weekend of fun, dance and music in the company of vising dancers from German. The Spätlese dance and folklore group are from the village of Winningen on the famous Mosel river and include a number of people involved in wine making.
Kemp’s Men are named after Shakespeare’s fool, William Kemp, who danced from London to Norwich four hundred years ago in 1600 as a publicity stunt. Spätlese are named after the late harvest grapes that make the finest wines. Its members have all graduated from Winningen’s younger dance side. They claim, “Die alt, ist besser!” The old is better!