The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has announced its programme of events for 2018.
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “We’ve announced our programme of events for 2018 earlier than ever because we know everyone wants to get these dates in their diaries. Our established summer events all return, and two events that were successful additions last year are back: Mini Meet and the Hunstanton Soap Box Derby. We’ve already opened the entries for Mini Meet and Classic Car Day, such was the demand last year – visit our website now to book your place.
Guided tours around the Stories of Lynn Museum & Old Gaol House are now available on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 1pm.
The tours were previously only available on Tuesdays, but thanks to a team of volunteer guides, their availability has now tripled.
The tours last between 45 minutes and an hour, and are included in the price of admission to the museum.
The Walks, Tower Gardens and Mintlyn Crematorium in King's Lynn and Esplanade Gardens and Boston Square Gardens in Hunstanton have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.
They are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award/Green Flag Community Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk is reviving the tradition of the Hunstanton Soapbox Derby, and is looking for teams to take part. The races will take place on Sunday 17 September in Hunstanton, and entries are open now. So if anyone has ever wished they could build their own soapbox kart and race it down the hilly streets of Hunstanton, now is their chance!
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy leader and cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “I’m sure lots of people remember the soapbox derbies held in Hunstanton during the 1960s, 70s and 80s; the events were hugely popular and drew big crowds. We’re hoping that our modern version will be just as successful."
On Friday 23 June the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk officially opened a new £130k play area in the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens.
The new play area is part of the £1.3m project to regenerate the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, funded by the borough council and the National Lottery through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund. The official opening of the play area marks the final phase of the project; with completion dates being finalised for all the project’s remaining elements.
West Norfolk Recycling Rewards has awarded £3,000 to three local charities at an event attended by Councillor Ian Devereux. The scheme has been running for one year and this is the second time local charities have benefitted from the recycling efforts of local residents.
Members of the scheme voted for their favourite local charities from a shortlist to receive the biggest share of the £3,000 donation fund. Norfolk Hospice won the top prize of £1,500 and the two runners up, West Norfolk Mind and Scotty’s Little Soldiers were both awarded £750 each.
Historic King’s Lynn has been chosen as one of the first 10 Heritage Action Zones by Historic England, the driving force behind this nationwide project to breathe new life into neglected historic buildings and sites and encourage regeneration in areas that are rich in uncelebrated heritage.
The town joins Appleby in Cumbria, Coventry in the West Midlands, Elsecar in South Yorkshire, Hull in East Yorkshire, Nottingham in Nottinghamshire, Ramsgate in Kent, Sunderland in Tyne and Wear, Sutton in South London and Weston-super-Mare in Somerset. It is the only Heritage Action Zone in the East of England.
Stories of Lynn has launched an exciting schools programme, which brings local history and learning vividly to life. To celebrate, they’re offering the chance for a whole class to win a trip to one of their activity days!
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “Schools events at Stories of Lynn offer the perfect opportunity to bring the curriculum to life. King’s Lynn has 800 years of fascinating history, and where better to learn about it than in the buildings it was recorded in? The exhibition, the old gaol cells, the education room, the archive room, and rooms within the medieval town hall will be brought to life by characters from days gone by in fun, interactive and educational sessions, perfect for Key Stages 1 and 2. Pupils can learn about the past through hands-on, engaging sessions, including object-handling, storytelling and craft activities”.
West Norfolk Recycling Rewards awarded three local charities a total of £3,000 at an event last week as part of a drive to encourage residents of the Borough to waste less and recycle more. Members of the scheme voted for their favourite from a shortlist of charities, with Norfolk Hospice winning top prize of £1,500. The two runners up, West Norfolk Mind and Scotty’s Little Soldiers, were both awarded £750 each.
West Norfolk Recycling Rewards was launched to all households in the borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk back in May and encourages residents to recycle more and waste less through individual and community rewards. The borough is split into five communities who compete against each other to earn the most Green Points, with the communities that earn most Green Points after six months winning the biggest donations to the local charity most popular among their residents.
A young King’s Lynn football side are sporting a brand-new kit thanks to sponsorship from local housing developer and regeneration specialist Lovell.
The company has provided a new Nike football strip for Reffley Youth Football Club’s under-8s players. Lovell is currently undertaking a major housing regeneration programme at Hillington Square, King’s Lynn, and is also about to start work on a major new-build homes development in the area.
Thanking the company, Reffley Youth FC under-8s coach and club chairman Mark Kilvington says: “The under-8s are a great little bunch of lads and they are all very excited about having the new kit.