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News from the Maids Head Hotel

Written by  Paul Dickson
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News from the Maids Head Hotel

The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Brenda Arthur is officially launching the Maids Head Hotel's new outdoor seating area, overlooking Tombland, on Friday 15 April at a morning coffee event starting at 10.30am.

The Maids Head is donating 20% of all coffee and tea sales on the day in the hotel lounges and outdoor seating area to Sistema in Norwich, the Lord Mayor's Civic Charity 2015/16.

Sistema in Norwich works to transform the lives of children and young people through participation in music. The charity involves them in learning to play a musical instrument and being part of an orchestra. Sistema in Norwich draws inspiration from El Sistema, the Venezuelan music programme that has more than 30 years experience, of how a music programme can both create great musicians and dramatically change the life of disadvantaged children.

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For more details about Sistema please visit www.sistemanorwich.org.uk

Last Tuesday the Maids Head Hotel hosted the launch of the new Shopping Guide for Magdalen Street and Anglia Square. Produced by MATA (Magdalen Street & Anglia Square Traders Association), the guide showcases the shopping and leisure opportunities in the area, including the Maids Head, along with historical highlights from this ancient part of the city. Copies of the guide are available in the hotel. For further details of the Maids Head Hotel please visit www.maidsheadhotel.co.uk

Pictured left to right in the hotel's restaurant are Ellen Tilney, Economic Development Manager, Norwich City Council, Jake Wade, Secondhand Land, Eric Kirk, Anglia Square, Andrew Shorthose, Operations Manager, Maids Head Hotel and Borhane Mekkiou, Sahara Café.

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