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.
The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk is preparing to welcome The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge to King’s Lynn!
The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge will cover a 470-mile journey along the east coast of Britain, stopping off in King’s Lynn on Wednesday 16 November. From 7pm to 8pm The One Show’s Matt Baker will present regular live broadcasts from King’s Staithe Square, near the Custom House.
Cllr Brian Long, leader of the borough council, said: “It’s great news that King’s Lynn has been chosen as a location for The One Show to visit. We’re delighted to welcome the team to our town, and hope the weather stays fine for them! I wish all those involved every success in their fundraising efforts for Children in Need”.
Heritage Open Days (HODs) is England's biggest heritage festival celebrating our fantastic history, architecture and culture. Here in Norfolk, the local 2016 festival brochure is available from Monday 1 August, bursting with over 200 hidden places and heritage events just waiting to be discovered between Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 September.
The HODs festival offers a combination of drop-in and pre-book events all over the county and booking opens on Monday 1 August. Brochures will be available from The Forum in Norwich, Tourist Information Centres, libraries and many other venues across the county. The full programme of HODs events across Norfolk can also be found online from Monday via www.heritageopendays.org.uk
Borough Mayor, Cllr David Whitby, will present representatives from The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House with a cheque for £4,444 on Friday 5 August at Mintlyn Crematorium.
The donation has been raised through a charitable scheme, operated by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), of which Mintlyn Crematorium is a member. Under the scheme metal from medical implants is recycled after cremation, with the consent of the family of the deceased. Twice a year the institute asks its members to nominate local charities, which help to support people to cope with the death of loved ones, to receive a donation.
King’s Lynn’s summer of street performances continues, with the next act arriving this Saturday.
Eight talented and unusual acts are still to perform shows across four Saturdays from July to September, adding to an already packed programme of free events. The performers will be in Baxter’s Plain in the Vancouver Quarter, and shows will take place between noon and 3pm.
A project to celebrate the vision of the founder of Hunstanton's seaside park - Henry Styleman Le Strange - has received a confirmed grant of £993,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund.
Hunstanton Heritage Gardens project centres around The Green and the adjoining network of public open spaces including The Esplanade Gardens and Cliff Parade.
The mains aims of the project are to preserve and enhance historic features including the refurbishment of the butterfly shelters and planting of a new rose garden adjacent to the Edwardian Pavilion. New footpaths and more accessible routes will be constructed to encourage more people into the area. Improved interpretation and visibility of the town's assets using historic photos and themed approaches will persuade them to stay longer and learn more about the town and it's heritage. An extensive engagement and activity plan will help people to explore, understand and appreciate this popular resort town.
A new scheme which launched in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk last month will see six local charity and community projects benefit from residents’ recycling efforts. These are: Hospital Radio Lynn, West Norfolk Mind, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, The Rotary Club of King’s Lynn, The Norfolk Hospice and Festival Too.
West Norfolk Recycling Rewards encourages residents to recycle as much as they can in order to earn Green Points for their community. There are five communities across the Borough: Kings Lynn and Surroundings, Southern and Downham Market, Northern and Hunstanton, West Norfolk Fens and West Norfolk Central.
This week sees the launch of a new recycling incentive scheme, West Norfolk Recycling Rewards, which aims to encourage residents of the borough to recycle all they can in order to win prizes for themselves and their community.
The scheme is open to all residents of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, with welcome packs set to land on doorsteps in May. To get involved in the free scheme, residents first need to activate their accounts on the Recycling Rewards website at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingrewards, by calling 0207 326 5055 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5:30pm) or by filling in the freepost form included in their welcome pack.
At a special awards ceremony on 27 April , local architectural excellence and craftsmanship was celebrated with the announcement of the winners of the annual Mayor's Design Awards.
29 schemes were shortlisted for the awards under a number of different categories. The judging panel had previously commented on what a pleasure it had been to visit all the schemes and what a difficult job it was to choose the winners.
The borough council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk is planning a programme of events for the coming months that will mean there’s always something to do and see in King’s Lynn.
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds said “The borough council’s programme of events is a big part of what makes King’s Lynn such a fantastic place to live and visit. More people than ever visited our town centre last year, and with such a varied and exciting line-up of events, that’s no surprise. Some events last year proved so successful that they’re returning this year. Some events are new, like our celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday, so there really is something for everyone.
Local people in Hunstanton have set out plans for how they intend to drive growth, jobs and prosperity. They are part of over 100 coastal communities across the country taking control of their futures.
The plans lay out practical steps including updating the 2008 Hunstanton Town Centre and Southern Seafront Masterplan, carring out a comprehensive visitor survey and continuing to develop the watersports offer. These plans which will help make Hunstanton a place where people choose to live and work for years to come.
In the run up to the Christmas season, the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk will be providing new information guides to residents to improve recycling.
Over the next 2-3 weeks, residents will receive their Christmas waste collection calendars, and on the reverse side will be useful information about how to reduce, re-use, and recycle Christmas waste.
In addition, all green recycling bins will also receive a sticker telling local people exactly what they can and can't recycle.