Wymondham, with its attractive town centre, has had many famous people living within the area. The most notable from an historian’s point of view is Robert Kett who led a rebellion in 1549 of peasants and farmers protesting at the enclosure of common land. His virtually unarmed forces held the City of Norwich for six weeks until defeated by the King’s men. He was hanged in Norwich Castle and Kett’s Oak – the rebellion rallying point can still be seen today on the road between Wymondham and Hethersett.
Nearby is Wymondham Abbey – a beautiful building which began life as a Benedictine Priory. With its twin towers it is a landmark for miles around.
A newly-qualified Norfolk accountant is on top of the world.
Lauren Day, who works for East Anglian chartered accountants Larking Gowen, has been awarded the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Gold Medal for the highest global score attained over the final tier of five professional exams.
An aggregate score of 416 marks out of 500 left her top of a class of 5,000. It marks a triumphant end to a gruelling five-year schedule of accountancy qualification exams for the former Wymondham High Academy Sixth Form pupil.
The seventh Wymondham Words festival of literature, drama, poetry and conversation, which ran from 13 October to 2 November, was the busiest to date. Ed Parnell, Festival Director, reflects on a successful programme of events.
“Judging from the record size of our audiences and the wonderful response the various events generated it’s probably fair to say that Wymondham Words 2016 was our most successful Festival to date. It’s difficult to single out individual events for special mention as all of them were thought-provoking, engaging, and very well-received by their audiences. We were blessed, however, with some wonderful visiting writers including Philip Hoare, who travelled up from Southampton and drew a record Festival crowd for his talk on whales and the sea. And two of our speakers have subsequently won at this year’s East Anglian Book Awards – Keiron Pim and Heidi Williamson – which we’re also delighted about.
The Rt. Rev’d Dr Alan Winton, Bishop of Thetford, conducted a special Service of Thanksgiving at Wymondham Abbey on Sunday, November 15 to mark the completion of The Abbey Experience, the biggest change to the church since Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries.
The £2.75 million project, supported by a £1.75 million grant for the Heritage Lottery Fund, grants from charitable trusts and local fundraising has greatly improved public access in the building and aims to strengthen links with the local community.
The 6th Wymondham Words Festival of literature, poetry, drama, conversation and music, which ran from 8 to 21 October, was a great success. Larger audiences than ever enjoyed a wonderful range of events in excellent venues. Highlights included actress Hannah Lee’s magical performance of ‘Jane Austen at Home’ in the splendid setting of Kimberley Hall’s music room, Guardian journalist and nature writer Patrick Barkham speaking at an event held jointly with Wymondham Nature Group and the Poetry Supper at the Green Dragon with dynamic performances by acclaimed poets Chris Beckett and Tom Warner.
Landscape Here and Now, featuring the work of five Norfolk artists, Martin Laurance, John Bardell, Sarah Cannell, Tor Falcon and John Midgley is the first exhibition of Wymondham Arts Centre’s 2015 season. The show runs at Becket’s Chapel from Friday, March 20 to Sunday, April 12 and is open daily, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 12noon to 5pm, free entry, www.wymondhamarts.com.
Barbara and Brian Randall, who launched Wymondham Music Festival with a series of concerts in 1996 and have nurtured the festival into its position as a much loved and respected element of the Norfolk market town’s cultural life, have retired after 18 years at the helm.