The history of Wymondham’s is being brought to life with the help of a unique, interactive heritage trail.
South Norfolk Council has been successful in securing a £116,000 grant from the Rural Development Programme for England to build a digitally interactive historical trail that will be available to download, free of charge, from all app stores.
The trail has both child and adult versions that can be used in parallel, on separate smart devices, allowing families to enjoy the experience together while watching different stories as they explore the town.
Have you got a few hours a week to spare? Do you want to spend some of your free time in a really worthwhile way? Wymondham Abbey is looking for more volunteers to act as welcomers and shop assistants. You would be joining an established team of people helping to keep one of Norfolk’s premier tourist attractions open and welcoming.
Wymondham Abbey is the town’s parish church. Founded in 1107 as a priory, it has a rich and fascinating history. A recent £2.5m Heritage Lottery Fund supported development has added much admired new spaces and facilities. The project also allowed many of the Abbey’s archive treasures, some over 700 years old, to be displayed and interpreted. It recently won an award for ‘Most Welcoming Church’ in the Norwich Diocese.
Local business woman Wednesday Batchelor from Unicorn Cakery and Delectables in Wymondham won top prize in South Norfolk Council’s Victoria Sponge Bake Off competition.
Her prosecco soaked Victoria sponge, with white chocolate buttercream and homemade cherry jam had the judges heading back for seconds and thirds when the competition ran earlier in the month at South Norfolk on Show.
Having quit her job in May as a facilities manager to spend more time with her one-year-old daughter Isabella, Wednesday was keen to raise the profile of her new business.
Keen swimmer, Noah Harris was in a spin to find out that he had won South Norfolk Council’s competition to name the Swim School Turtle.
Four year old Noah, from Cringleford, thought the turtle should be named Turbo, and the judges all agreed.
Noah and his mum Rebecca collected his prize of six months Swim School membership from Councillor Yvonne Bendle, who said. “Congratulations to Noah for coming up with such a splendid name for our turtle. Swim School is a great success, with over a thousand members at our leisure centres in Diss and Wymondham"
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.