The switch on for the King’s Lynn Christmas lights was a huge success once again as hundreds turned out for this special annual event on Sunday.
The lights were switched on by a group of Ukrainian families who have sought refuge in west Norfolk this year, with their sponsors.
The children of the families also sang some traditional Ukrainian carols to entertain the crowd.
Mayor of King’s Lynn and west Norfolk, Cllr Lesley Bambridge, said: “It was wonderful to see so many people in good cheer at the Christmas lights switch on in King’s Lynn, which is always a special event in the local calendar.
Veterans from the Bridge For Heroes Armed Forces charity joined with students from Greyfriars School to prepare Remembrance Bird Boxes for The Walks.
The boxes were made at the Bridge For Heroes Activity Centre, based in Nelson House on the North Lynn Industrial Estate, which has a fully equipped carpentry workshop and was set up to enable veterans to engage in meaningful activities, these including, in addition to carpentry, art, photography, crafts and amateur radio skills and recreational pursuits.
The Centre, which is open to veterans and their dependants, has seen a gradual increase in beneficiaries using the facility in the year since it first opened and it was the carpentry class that decided to make the bird boxes, having been told that many of those already in the walks were falling into disrepair.
Local architectural excellence and craftsmanship was celebrated last night. The Mayor’s Design Awards winners were announced at a special ceremony held at King’s Lynn Town Hall.
An initial 72 entries and 52 site visits were shortlisted down to 35 nominated schemes for awards in ten categories.
Mayor of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Lesley Bambridge, said: "The awards ceremony was a great evening, a celebration of our push for better design and innovation and construction standards across our borough. We've worked closely with architects, contractors, developers, and their clients to achieve this aim, and we are glad to reward buildings and schemes that illustrate this focus on quality and innovation.
A new crazy golf game that’s opened in The Walks, King’s Lynn, close to the café is already proving popular.
Cllr Brian Long, Cabinet member for Corporate Services, said: “Our public open space team installed this refurbished crazy golf game at the end of last week and already hundreds of people have stopped to play it"".
“We have also integrated this into the borough council’s Summer of Play programme, where we offer a range of activities for children and young people by giving them something that helps them have fun, socialise and be more active. To play a round here, and hire a club, it costs only £1.50 per adult and £1 per child. This can be booked at the café".
Flags were waved, boats walked down the high street, there was dancing and sea-shanties sung in King’s Staithe Square, along with a festival regatta on the river as part of the 12th King’s Lynn Hanse Festival.
Cllr Graham Middleton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Business, Culture and Heritage at the borough council, said: “The sun was shining and the crowd flocked to see the parade of flags through town and the entertainment on stage in King’s Staithe Square.
“I would like to thank King’s Lynn Hanse Group, Wells and King’s Lynn Coastal Rowing Club, Stories of Lynn, King’s Lynn Town Guides, the teams at the Minster, Hanse House, Marriott’s Warehouse, Clifton House Tower and The Place for making this a great event again and for encouraging people to visit King’s Lynn and enjoy what the town has to offer.”
A floral display has been created in King’s Lynn to mark the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen.
Created by Jason Wells with help from Sam Martin, who work for the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, a specially created badge bed in Tower Gardens marks the occasion with flowers. There are a mixture of plants such as Begonias, Pelargoniums, Marigolds, Dahlias and some Cannas as centre pieces.
Cllr Brian Long, Cabinet member for Corporate Services, said: “The message in the Tower Gardens display is to mark the historic occasion of the Queen’s 70 years of service and I’m pleased that everyone in the borough can visit and see it. These plants add a nice splash of colour to our green spaces. It looks stunning and should be in place for people to come and see until early November.”
Children from St Martha’s Catholic Primary School in King’s Lynn have been learning about the town’s history through a fun activity to recreate some of its buildings using recycled materials.
Developed as part of the five-year Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) project, the lessons aim to inspire today’s young people to learn about and protect their historic environment.
Speaking after a visit to see the children working on their buildings, Cllr Richard Blunt, the borough council’s cabinet member for development and regeneration and chair of the HAZ project board, said: “King’s Lynn has a rich and varied history that is important to preserve, from its associations with King John to its strategic importance as a medieval trading port. This project is helping to educate future generations about our local heritage and learn why it is important to conserve it, and I have been amazed to hear how much they know. These are also living buildings that remain part of our culture and they are still used: I was talking to one boy about the town hall and explained to him, ‘that’s my office!’”
Over 6,000 new trees have been planted near Lynnsport in King’s Lynn. A further 500 trees have been replanted in King’s Reach.
Cllr Paul Kunes, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “This is the first large-scale planting programme as part of the borough council’s strategy to tackle climate change and offset carbon dioxide emissions.
“We started the year by planting a small number of whips in The Walks, followed by more than 400 trees being planted in Sedgeford. It’s a great way of helping our environment, through planting native species, and will help towards being net carbon zero by 2030."
The ever-popular Hanse Festival is to return to King’s Lynn on Sunday 12 June 2022.
The Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Lesley Bambridge, said: “The Hanse Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the rich heritage of King’s Lynn.
“The event starts with the colourful ‘Parade of Flags’, this is followed by entertainment in King’s Staithe Square for young and old to enjoy. We’ll have live music on stage, traditional Latvian dancing and the Hanse Festival Regatta on the river to finish the day off.”
Norfolk County Councillor Nick Daubney, Chair of the King’s Lynn Hanse group, explains: “The Hanse Festival celebrates everything we have to be proud of about our town – its history, people, cultural events, international links and stunning architecture. It draws people to the historic waterside and naturally focusses on the town’s maritime past and its position as one of the country’s most significant ports in medieval times.”
The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk has announced its programme of King’s Lynn events for 2022.
Popular King’s Lynn events, organised by the borough council and partners, will return including the Hanse Festival, Folk in the Town, the Hanseatic Festival of Watersports, the Mini Meet, Mods and Rockers and Classic Car Day.
Cllr Graham Middleton, Deputy leader of the borough council and Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Heritage, said: "The events season starts with a bang with fireworks, beacon lighting, activities for children, live music and entertainment for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the long Bank Holiday weekend from 2 June."
Afterwards, many established King’s Lynn summer events will return alongside new ones this year that include Soulful Sunday, 90’s/00’s music and Simple Sounds.