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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 00:00

Wymondham Abbey is looking for volunteers

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. 

Published in Competition Corner

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"

Published in Competition Corner
Saturday, 13 May 2017 00:00

Wymondham Music Festival 2017

Wymondham Music Festival returns for its 22nd  year with a packed programme of open air events, recitals and concerts in the historic Norfolk market town. A 48-page booklet detailing the whole Festival programme is now available.
The annual Town Busking Day kicks off proceedings on Saturday, May 27 (11am-2pm).  Then there is a Market Place Music series, with live music on Saturdays June 3, 10 and 24 (11am-1pm).
Published in Music Scene
Norfolk Deaf Association (NDA) is marking the start of Deaf Awareness Week 2017 with a Tandem Parachute Jump on Sunday, May 14 at Ellough Airfield, Beccles to raise funds for its vital services supporting people with hearing loss in Norfolk.
NDA is dedicated to improving the lives of young people and adults with all degrees of hearing loss. This is achieved by providing hearing aid maintenance, advice on assistive listening technology and communication methods, befriending, and support and information on hearing loss and other related conditions, such as tinnitus. 
Saturday, 04 March 2017 00:00

All Things Norfolk guide to 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.

Published in Visitor Guide
Following the retirement in September of Revd Canon Christopher Davies, Wymondham Abbey has announced that Catherine Relf-Pennington is to be the next vicar of Wymondham. She will be the 60th Vicar of the church, which was founded in 1107. She is also the Abbey’s first woman Vicar.
Catherine was born in Australia, raised in Hong Kong and attended school there and later went to university in the UK.  Before becoming a priest Catherine was a research scientist in the field of Artificial Intelligence. “It’s a skill I’m still looking to put to use in the church!”, she joked. She was appointed to the  role of Associate Vicar at Wymondham Abbey in 2013.
Published in Norfolk News
Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

Accountant Lauren is a world-beater

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. 

Published in Norfolk News
Monday, 14 November 2016 00:00

Wymondham Words Festival Success

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.

Published in Norfolk News
Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Wymondham Words Festival of Literature

Wymondham Words, South Norfolk’s festival of literature, poetry, drama and conversation, returns for the seventh year from 13 October to 2 November, with a fantastic mix of events featuring local and national writers. 
Enjoy everything from poetry in the pub to the History of Norfolk in 100 Objects, adventures in the rock ‘n roll underworld, Radio 4-based comedy, and an awe-inspiring talk about the world’s largest creatures from one of the country’s finest nature writers. There's also a talk on the development of the English Language, an evening with three award-winning new Norwich novelists inspired by North America, and a free programme of half-term children’s events, the intriguing The Flying Shop of Imagination.
Published in Norfolk News
The 21st Wymondham Music Festival Fortnight drew to a close on Saturday, July 16. Richard Elliott, Music Festival Chairman reflects on two weeks of music making in the town.
“We have had a brilliant fortnight, with good audiences enjoying a wonderful musical menu. Wymondham High Academy launched the Festival in style in the Market Place; a very talented group of musicians performed in a wide range of styles.” 
“The Jazz Picnic was a great success this year; we had good weather, with more than 1000 people and picnics at Becketswell.  It was good to see so many families enjoying themselves.”
Published in Music Scene
The Wymondham Music Festival team were at Saturday's Farmers' Market to launch the 2016 Festival brocuhure. Wymondham Music Festival Fortnight returns for the 21st year from Friday, July 1 to Saturday, July 16.  The annual Town Busking Day is also on the menu, taking place on Saturday, May 28 (11am-2pm), and there are two Market Place Music sessions on Saturdays June 11 and 25 (both 10am-12noon). 
Richard Elliott, Festival Chairman said, “This year we are celebrating our 21st Festival and are focussing on community and family events and live local music, combined with a selection of top artists with a national profile. Local highlights include our Festival Fortnight launch with Wymondham High Academy and our special Wymondham Entertains evening, which is a partnership with Wymondham’s Got Talent. And our Wymondham’s Big Sing weekend is a chance for singers of all abilities to get involved in putting on a scratch concert.”
Published in Music Scene
Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00

Completion of The Abbey Experience

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.

Monday, 26 October 2015 00:00

Wymondham Words Festival Success

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.

Published in Norfolk News
Saturday, 07 March 2015 00:00

Landscape Here and Now

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

Published in Norfolk News
Saturday, 23 August 2014 00:00

Wymondham Music Festival Founders Retire

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. 




Published in Music Scene