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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 00:00 Written by Paul Dickson
The Maids Head Hotel in Tombland, Norwich, has achieved a Four Star Silver Award, for the first time, in its 2018 AA overnight inspection. The hotel's Wine Press Restaurant has retained its Two AA Rosettes for culinary excellence. The Maids Head is the only hotel in the City of Norwich with a Four Star Silver Award. The Maids Head's Silver Award was secured thanks to an increase in the AA merit score to 83% and acknowledges the quality of the hotel's physical attributes. The Silver Award is given to highly recommended hotels and was introduced in 2015.
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Six members of staff at the Maids Head Hotel in Norwich have had babies in recent months. The new arrivals, parents and siblings were invited to the hotel for a special afternoon tea celebration on April 12, hosted by General Manager, Christine Malcolm. Christine Malcolm explained: “In my 10 years at the Maids Head, we have never had such a large group of new arrivals. So we decided to bring them all together and mark the births with a celebration afternoon tea. To add to the togetherness, Rose our Events Co-ordinator gave birth to her daughter, Mia, on the same day that Malgorzata, wife of Head Chef 'Magic', gave birth to her son, Miesko.”
Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00 Written by Rachael Shakespeare
TV presenter, author and naturalist, Nick Baker, is set to open The Pensthorpe Conservation Trust’s* annual community event Wild About the Wensum on Saturday 12th May 2018. Intrepid explorer and natural history expert Nick, who has famously presented Weird Creatures (C5), The Really Wild Show (BBC One) and Springwatch Unsprung (BBC Two), will officially open the event, meet members of the public and even host a bug hunt for kids! Wild About the Wensum, now in its twelfth year, is a special one-day event held by the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust with the sole focus on encouraging people of all ages, especially families who often don’t get the chance to be outdoors, to enjoy the beautiful Wensum Valley, within which Pensthorpe Natural Park is located.
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Monday, 12 March 2018 00:00 Written by Paul Dickson
Paralympic swimmer, Jessica-Jane Applegate MBE and Councillor David Ward, Chairman Broadland District Council, will officially open the completed Main Bridges Path project at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham at 11am on Tuesday 20 March, to mark English Tourism Week. The gardening team at Fairhaven has completed the 120-metre path renewal project in the West Garden, thanks to a successful Pound a Plank fundraising campaign. The money for the project was raised through Gift Aid donations added to the garden entry charge, Pound a Plank donations, collection boxes, a second hand book stall, and a grant from Broadland District Council.
Friday, 09 March 2018 00:00 Written by Paul Dickson
Celebrate English Tourism Week from Saturday, March 17 to Sunday, March 25 at the historic Maids Head Hotel in Norwich. A classic English Afternoon Tea will be on offer, along with special English Tourism Week cocktails, Norfolk Martini and Norfolk Raspberry Tonic. On Thursday, March 22, at 12noon, Peter Rye will be unveiling a photograph of his great-grandfather, Walter Rye, owner of the Maids Head from 1889 to 1895 and Mayor of Norwich, 1908 to 1909. Peter will also be officially opening eight newly refurbished bedrooms in the oldest part of the hotel. Bedrooms that Walter Rye would have known well.
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 00:00 Written by Paul Dickson
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden's ancient King Oak, believed to have been a sapling at the time of the Battle of Hastings and one of the oldest trees in Norfolk, has been given a 'trim' to ensure it's long-term health. Four years ago, the King Oak's crown was suffering from die-back and was reduced in size to help stabilise the tree. The path was also moved away from the garden's champion tree to give it more breathing space. Visitors' feet were compacting the roots and suffocating the tree. Matt Jordan, Fairhaven Garden's Head Forester explained: “We give the King Oak an annual health-check, along with regular visual inspections, looking for broken limbs and aggressive fungi. The tree has survived so long, because it was actively pollarded for many centuries and…
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 00:00 Written by Rachel Shakesspeare
After living the high life at The Roof Gardens in Kensington, London, four flamingos have put their high society days behind them and have relocated to Norfolk. Flamingos Bill, Ben, Splosh and Pecks, have taken up permanent residence at Pensthorpe Natural Park, a 700-acre modern nature reserve in north Norfolk, which already has a dedicated Flamingo area and is home to thousands of bird and wildlife species. Upon arrival the birds entered a pen adjacent to Pensthorpe’s existing flock of 25 so that the two groups could get acquainted. After a few days living as neighbours the London birds were integrated with the resident flock under the careful watch of Chrissie Kelley, Head of Species Management at Pensthorpe.
Friday, 19 January 2018 00:00 Written by Paul Dickson
Peter Rye, great-grandson of Walter Rye, who was owner of the Maids Head Hotel from 1889-1895, visited the hotel for lunch with Christopher Kitching, author of a new biography of Walter Rye called A Passion for Records. Mr Kitching presented a copy of his biography of Walter Rye to the Maids Head in advance of its Norwich launch at Norfolk Records Office on Friday, February 9, when he will be giving a public lecture at 1pm about Walter Rye, topographer, sportsman and Norfolk’s champion.
Friday, 19 January 2018 00:00 Written by Paul Dickson
Fairhaven Woodland Water Garden's gardeners and volunteers have embarked on their major winter leaf collection and dyke clearance project. The gardening team collects all the autumn's fallen leaves, which are then deposited in retaining bays where they gradually rot and are recycled into nature's fertiliser – leaf soil. The leaf soil is put to work in the garden and is also sold in the plant sales area. Ian Guest, Head Gardener, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden explained: “The leaf collection is an important annual job. Fairhaven has always been managed organically and the resulting leaf soil provides a rich fertiliser for the garden.”
The ever-changing kaleidoscope of light, patterns and colours waiting to be discovered at Pensthorpe Natural Park creates a rich vein of material for budding photographers. Wells photographer Julia Rafferty’s Portfolio Development Course, based at the 700-acre nature haven near Fakenham, has grown rapidly from a one-day standalone experience, to a six-week course in each academic term of the year, run in the morning for starter students and in the afternoon for the more experienced.
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