Norfolk Black History Month 2017 was launched at a reception at City Hall, Norwich on Friday, September 29. The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor David Fullman and Molly Samuels-Leport MBE both spoke at the launch.
The event included the unveiling of a portrait of Molly Samuels-Leport, painted by North Norfolk based Jamaican artist, Danny Keen, who is also Chairman of Norfolk Black History Month. The portrait will be on display in City Hall reception throughout October.
Molly Samuels-Leport MBE, who lives in Walthamstow, was seven times World Karate Champion during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Sunday Times International Sportswoman of the Year and was a recipient of the Jamaican Award for Excellence.
Norwich Film Festival is back for a 7th year taking place from the 9th November to the 19th November and we are thrilled to bring you our most exciting and diverse festival yet. Over 10 days you'll experience some awesome films, talks and panels.
FANN17, the fifth biennial celebration of architecture in Norwich and Norfolk, organised by the Norfolk Association of Architects (NAA), the local branch of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) runs throughout October, culminating in the annual Norwich Lecture on 2 November.
The festival features the work and ideas of the county's architects, and outstanding work in Norfolk by architects from further afield: buildings, interiors, landscape design and master planning.
Hannah Barnes won a competition earlier this year, run in conjunction with City College Norwich Art and Design students, for an illustration of the Maids Head Hotel to be printed on new mugs, which are now in the hotel’s 84 bedrooms, as part of the tea and coffee making facility. The mugs are also on sale in hotel reception.
Norwich Market has won the Best Independent Food and Drink Award at the prestigious EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards 2017, which took place at Norwich Open last night (September 11). The annual awards, run in association with East of England Co-op, celebrate everything from great chefs to fabulous produce, pubs and restaurants. Sweet treats specialist, Figbar, which has a stall on Norwich Market, won the award for best newcomer.
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.
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.