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Digging for artefacts helps bring in £2,000 for the nook appeal

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Digging for artefacts helps bring in £2,000 for the nook appeal

Those most passionate about Norfolk’s heritage have given East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) another £2,000 towards the nook appeal.

Norfolk Heritage Recovery Group (NHRG) holds charity metal detecting digs, charging members and guests to attend. This most recent donation to EACH takes its total raised for the good cause to £5,000. Tim Jenkins, EACH Norfolk Community Fundraiser, received the money from Godfrey Pratt, NHRG Chair.

Godfrey said: “We spend an awful lot of our time digging up the past as that’s what metal detectorists do, but through our regular charity digs we’re also fundraising for the future, in this case for better lives for the children offered care by EACH.”

Tim said: “We’re delighted to be receiving the ongoing support of this fine group that’s managing to do important work for the county whilst also supporting important causes such as ours. I know that in addition to the club donation there have been pledges from individual members, including Treasurer Neil Storey, and we’d, of course, like to say a big thank you.

“We hope the nook can become operational this summer, but there’s still £1.6 million of the £10 million public appeal to raise, so we really need one big, final push from all Norfolk communities.”

NHRG was formed in 2015 and currently boasts 70 members. They meet monthly at the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich. Apart from fundraising, the main aim of the group is for members’ archaeological finds to be officially recorded. This takes place at a monthly meeting with the Finds Liaison Officer of Norfolk Historic Environment Record, when the finds can be correctly identified and then logged on the national database.

NHRG is always looking for land to dig, at least 20 hectares (50 acres) at a time, and makes a ‘finds report’ available to landowners a few weeks after the event. More information is available at www.norfolkheritagerecovery.org/landowners.

For more on the nook appeal and how to get involved visit www.each.org.uk/the-nook.

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