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”.
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
Borough Mayor, Cllr David Whitby, will present representatives from The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House with a cheque for £4,444 on Friday 5 August at Mintlyn Crematorium.
The donation has been raised through a charitable scheme, operated by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), of which Mintlyn Crematorium is a member. Under the scheme metal from medical implants is recycled after cremation, with the consent of the family of the deceased. Twice a year the institute asks its members to nominate local charities, which help to support people to cope with the death of loved ones, to receive a donation.
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 project to celebrate the vision of the founder of Hunstanton's seaside park - Henry Styleman Le Strange - has received a confirmed grant of £993,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund.
Hunstanton Heritage Gardens project centres around The Green and the adjoining network of public open spaces including The Esplanade Gardens and Cliff Parade.
The mains aims of the project are to preserve and enhance historic features including the refurbishment of the butterfly shelters and planting of a new rose garden adjacent to the Edwardian Pavilion. New footpaths and more accessible routes will be constructed to encourage more people into the area. Improved interpretation and visibility of the town's assets using historic photos and themed approaches will persuade them to stay longer and learn more about the town and it's heritage. An extensive engagement and activity plan will help people to explore, understand and appreciate this popular resort town.
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.
Local people in Hunstanton have set out plans for how they intend to drive growth, jobs and prosperity. They are part of over 100 coastal communities across the country taking control of their futures.
The plans lay out practical steps including updating the 2008 Hunstanton Town Centre and Southern Seafront Masterplan, carring out a comprehensive visitor survey and continuing to develop the watersports offer. These plans which will help make Hunstanton a place where people choose to live and work for years to come.
In the run up to the Christmas season, the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk will be providing new information guides to residents to improve recycling.
Over the next 2-3 weeks, residents will receive their Christmas waste collection calendars, and on the reverse side will be useful information about how to reduce, re-use, and recycle Christmas waste.
In addition, all green recycling bins will also receive a sticker telling local people exactly what they can and can't recycle.
Four new Rapid Charge points for electric vehicles have been installed in West Norfolk, and Cllr Brian Long has been trying them out.
Cllr Brian Long, Cabinet Member for the Environment, is spending a week finding out what it’s like getting around West Norfolk for drivers of electric vehicles. Cllr Long is driving a Nissan Leaf loaned to him by Wests of King’s Lynn. He will be blogging about his experience as an electric car driver here: http://cllrbrianlong.wordpress.com
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.”