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Barn Dance raises funds for Twinning Association

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Posted by Michael Williamson, Heacham and Critueil-la-Magedeleine Twinning Association

Members of the Heacham and Criteuil-la-Magdeleine Twinning Association enjoying the fun at their annual Barn Dance on Saturday 17th March.

Members of the Heacham and Criteuil-la-Magdeleine Twinning Association enjoying the fun at their annual Barn Dance on Saturday 17th March.

Eighty members and guests attended the annual Barn Dance organised by the Heacham and Critueil-la-Magedeleine Twinning Association on Saturday 17th March in the hall of the Heacham Junior School by kind courtesy of the Head Mistress Mrs Nicola Darley.     Everyone present agreed that it was a very enjoyable evening and went home exhausted either due to participating in the various dances or just watching the efforts of those who ventured on to the floor.

An excellent and varied buffet was provided by members of the association.   The evening was deemed to be a great success not only as a social event but also financially raising over £600 towards the funds of the association which will be depleted this summer when over forty French visitors from our twinned village of Criteuil-la-Magdeleine arrive in July.

The committee would like to thank everyone who helped with the organisation of the event including all those who contributed food for the buffet and prizes for the raffle and especially all who bought tickets or made donations.   The association was formed with the aim of fostering good relationships between the peoples of our two communities by encouraging exchange visits between them.    During the year we organise various social events, not only to raise funds but primarily to enjoy ourselves.

New members of all ages are always welcome.  If you are interested in learning more about the association why not come along to one of our committee meetings or social events.  For more information or to apply for membership please contact our membership secretary on 01485 579465 or email

Concert at St Mary’s Church 28 March: ‘Crucifixion’ (Sir John Stainer)

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Posted by Lois Carrick

A performance will be given by a choir of between 80 and 100 people drawn mainly from the Parishes that make up Heacham and Rising Deanery.

Date : Wednesday March 28th 2012 at 7pm

Venue: St Mary’s Parish Church, Church Lane, Heacham PE31 7HH

Conductor:  Max Dolby (St Edmund’s, Hunstanton)

Organist:     Adrian Flower (St Mary’s, Heacham)

Soloists:      George Braun – Bass                      John Benet – Tenor

On the North Norfolk coast are numerous churches – about a score in our Deanery, we also have a long, long history of Christian belief, now practised in a full range of churchmanship from Anglo-Catholic to Evangelical and all stages in between.

What we have not done for many a year is to unite in expressing our common, essential reliance on Christ’s crucifixion. The late Desmond Greef MBE (organist at St Mary, Old Hunstanton) did so much in years gone by to unite churches in our area through music. We would like to celebrate his legacy through the performance we are planning.

So, come on, we need your help, and you may have your heart and your faith touched in ways you thought you had lost. ‘The Crucifixion’ will be sung in St. Mary’s Church, Heacham at 7pm on Wednesday 28th March.

The concert is free but a collection will be taken for The Bishop’s Lent Project.

Heacham in Bloom open garden 23 July 2011

Friday, July 1st, 2011
Posted by Stella Gooch
Photos by Stella Gooch

Heacham In Bloom Logo

A wonderful Open Garden event in aid of Heacham In Bloom is being hosted by, Heacham residents, Rob and Gel (The Willows, Robin Hill). The Heacham couple are delighted to welcome friends and supporters of Heacham In Bloom to their lovely garden on Saturday, 23 July from 2pm till 5pm.
Plant stall at garden party hosted by Rob & Gel in 2009

Plant stall at garden party hosted by Rob & Gel in 2009

I attended a similar event hosted by Rob and Gel in 2009. That event raised £400 for Norfolk Wildlife Trust and a fantastic afternoon was had by all who visited their beautiful garden including myself. If the previous event is anything to go by (and I am sure it is since I know Rob and Gel!) then supporters of the event will enjoy a real English afternoon garden party complete with tea and cake along with bowls (or is it boules?) and other games. There will be stalls selling books, plants, jewellery, photos, fridge magnets and cakes. To liven up the afternoon further the popular Lavender Hill Mob will be delighted to entertain you to boot.
Bowls on the lawn at garden party hosted by Rob & Gel in 2009

Bowls on the lawn at garden party hosted by Rob & Gel in 2009

This event is a great opportunity to learn about the successful projects undertaken by your Heacham in Bloom team during this year. You can also find out how you can be part of Heacham in Bloom for next year.
So come along one and all to sample the ambience of this wonderful garden and help raise funds for Heacham In Bloom too.
Admission is just £2.00 (includes tea or coffee and a scone too) and don’t forget the proceeds support Heacham In Bloom.


Report from Susan Richardson, Chairman


May and June have been busy months for the Heacham In Bloom team as we have been working hard to make established planting sites bigger and better than before, including the creation of a large new bed at Heacham North Beach. We are also pleased and relieved to see our permanent planting areas really thriving after such a cold winter and dry spring.   The next few weeks will be even busier as the Anglia in Bloom Judges arrive on Wednesday 13 July to assess our efforts. We will be doing our own spot of judging just before then to award Heacham’s first best Blooming Caravan Park trophy.   Well done to all those who signed up for the Pride of Place campaign, we hope you found it rewarding and  that many more will join in next year.
With no funding coming from the Borough Council this year, support from businesses and residents has been so important. Thank you in particular to: Heacham Parish Council, Friends of Heacham Beaches, Vanessa Beech at the Surefoot Podiatry  Clinic, Charlie Hammond at Moulam and Horn, Heacham Newsletter, Tesco, Frimstone, Scott and Nicky Cawthorne, Kevin Partyka, Jim Wilding, Mrs S South, Mrs W Rumens, Mr R Grieve, Palm Beach Caravan Park, Heacham Rainbows, Heacham Allotment team and last but not least the In Bloom team who give much of their  own time and money to making the Village Bloom.
We are delighted to be receiving the Carnival Parade collection this year as this will go towards next year’s work, so look out for our collectors and our Carnival float.   We also look forward to welcoming you to our open garden at Robin Hill on Saturday 23 July.

Heacham man runs London Marathon 2011 for Tapping House

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Posted by Arthur Nicholls

Arthur Nicholls runs London Marathon

Arthur Nicholls runs London Marathon

I would like to start by thanking everyone who helped me raise so much for the Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House  when I ran the London Marathon for them in 2008 – achieving a time of 4:33:03.  In April 2011 I am running my second London  Marathon, once again for our local hospice: the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House.

I train around the local area in Hunstanton, Heacham and Snettisham.

Please help if you can to raise money for a worthy cause, by sponsoring me online at or contact me at home  on 01485 570675.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Lavender Festival attracts 1000s and helps raise vital funds for local Hospice

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
Tapping House fundraising collectors at Norfolk Lavender

Tapping House fundraising collectors at Norfolk Lavender courtesy Norfolk Lavender

Report by Tapping House Hospice
Photos by Rob Topliss (except Tapping House photo)

Thousands of visitors flocked to Norfolk Lavender on what was a gloriously sunny weekend to enjoy the additional attractions of the annual Lavender Festival which celebrates the first weekend of harvest.  People travelled for miles to visit Heacham and see the Lavender in all its glory.  The line up for the weekend included a craft fair, live music, performances by the well known Lavender Hill Mob, face painting and an owl display, birds of prey demonstrations and food tastings at the newly opened Walsingham Farms Shop.  Norfolk Lavender also had a new distillery in operation for the weekend.

Lavender in bloom at Norfolk Lavender July 2010

Lavender in bloom at Norfolk Lavender July 2010

Once again Norfolk Lavender provided their chosen local charity, The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House, the opportunity to raise awareness of their services and support groups and raise vital funds.   Dianne Rowe, Director of Fundraising at the Norfolk Hospice said, “We had a fantastic weekend raising over £1000. The weather was superb and the new businesses and attractions at Norfolk Lavender make it a great place for an enjoyable day out for all the family. We are very grateful to them for their continued support.”

Lesley Clark from the West Norfolk Lympheodema Support Group, who attended on the Saturday said “This is the first time we have attended such an event and thoroughly enjoyed it. We raised £154, provided people with lots of information and collected many signatures for our petition to obtain funding for a specially trained Lympheodema nurse in this area.

Complementary therapy plays an important part of the holistic service the Norfolk Hospice offers to patients and members of the Hospice’s complementary therapy team offered visitors the opportunity to experience taster sessions of reflexology, reiki and ‘M’ treatment on Sunday which, as always, were very popular.

Browsing round the gift shop

Browsing round the gift shop

Distilling equipment for lavender processing on display

Lavender distilling equipment displayed

Heacham residents runs London Marathon for charity

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
Leesa Espley and Terry Clay following one of their Great Northern Runs

Leesa Espley and Terry Clay following one of their Great Northern Runs

Well known Heacham resident, Terry Clay (62) has been running for at least 13 yrs and entered many running events.

Terry has run the Great North Run no less than six times and thought it was about time he went for the marathon so he is running in this year’s London Marathon as he says “they don’t come any bigger than this”.  Terry is running alongside his good friend Leesa Espley who is running to raise funds for the RNLI whilst Terry will raise funds for Parkinson’s UK (the new name for the Parkinson’s Disease Society).  He hopes to complete the London Marathon in a very respectable 5 hours.

Terry would love to thank everyone who has sponsored him and he particularly appreciates the generosity of the people of Heacham over the years as they have helped him to raise more than £7.000.00 for his cause (including the amount raised for from this year’s London Marathon – to date around £2,000.00).

Although Terry is concerned that the weather looks set to be a little too warm for running he feels that he has waited long enough for some warm sunshine so will make the most of it and enjoy the run.

Charity Bike Ride: Lands End to John O’Groats via Sandringham, Norfolk!

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
Current Park House Mini Bus with Phil Davies and a resident

Current Park House Mini Bus with Phil Davies and a resident

Phil Davies, a member of the Discover West Norfolk group, is seeking sponsorship for cycling over 1,000 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats this summer  in aid of Park House, the Leonard Cheshire Disability hotel located at Sandringham, near Kings Lynn.

Phil, part of the Pensthorpe bird reserve team in Norfolk, also works as a volunteer minibus driver for Park House, and is spearheading an appeal to raise £38,000 for a much-needed new minibus.  The bike ride will cover over 1,000 miles in 12 days at an average of 85 miles a day and will raise funds for Leonard Cheshire Disability, in memory of Phil’s dad, who was paralysed and wheelchair bound in a car accident. He used to visit Park House, the only Leonard Cheshire hotel for the disabled in the country, and Phil now works there once or twice a week as a volunteer, taking guests and their carers out in their (very old) minibus.

If you would like to follow Phil’s training and fundraising progress, you can visit his blog on, or to sponsor him go to

So please give generously – these are tough rides and it’s a very worthwhile cause!

Local fashion show raises cash for Campaign Care 94

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Michele Rudd and Carole Hall accept floral tributes for their fundraising efforts

Two local ladies, Michele Rudd and Carole Hall, are bucking the recession to launch an exciting new business.  Shazarele offer – for sale or hire – a range of exquisite ball gowns and prom dresses.  A charity fashion show, in aid of Campaign Care 94, launched the new business on 11 March 2010 at the Le Strange Hotel in Hunstanton.  Campaign Care 94 was formed to raise funds to fight against cancer and Tapping House Hospital (now Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House) became associated with Campaign Care.  Michele and Carole were very keen to support such a worthy cause and launch their new business at the same time.

As a result, a glittering evening of glamour was created and it was a resounding success.  (More tickets had to be printed to try and accommodate the over-subscription!)   The Barn Hair & Beauty Salon from Dersingham styled the hair and make up for the models and Jazzy Gems provided the jewellery accessories and   Nick from Scent With Love in Hunstanton provided floral displays and a silk flower for each show goer.  Each of these local businesses had stalls for show patrons to visit during the interval alongside The Hat Shop from Burnham Market  and the sumptuous Cherry Hill Chocolates from Hunstanton.

Michele and Carole were also assisted in pulling off this wonderful  event by 17 local ladies who consented to be models for an evening.  Our  would be “Claudia Schiffers” were: Kerry, Jamie, Susan, Holly, Tiffany, Sian, Paulette, Beth, Wendy, Sharon, Kelly, Antonia, Jackie, Sinead, Tanya, Michele and Julie.  The male models included Alan, Jim (Race), Leon, Morty, Chris and Simon.  The evening was relaxed and fun filled with some of the male models (particularly Jim Race) providing  the laughs by seizing numerous opportunities to show off whilst walking the catwalk to the tunes of hotel pianist, Jim Rock.   All the models looked the business – the guys were dapper and the dolls were stunning to say the least.

Kerry & the gents have a laugh as they make their final exit from the catwalk

There was a high quality range of raffle prizes from numerous local businesses and friends.  Among them were lovely meals for two courtesy of the West Norfolk Pub and Heacham Manor Hotel (both in Heacham), the Le Strange Hotel in Hunstanton and the Coach & Horses in Dersingham.

Carole closed the evening by thanking everybody involved.  Bob and Ann Willey and Carl and other staff at the Le Strange Hotel made sure everything was right on the night at the venue and Carl had even given up his holiday to put in many hours in the week prior to the event.  Gloria Hurn from Pentney House provided fascinators and lovely goody bags for show goers, Nicola and Alice from Active Hands of Heacham did the nails, Theresa Rudd steamed and pressed all the dresses and  Julie Flegg did the necessary alterations.  Carole also thanked Gary Tillet from Goddards of Kings Lynn who assisted the male models with their dress and Goddards also provided the male outfits for the evening.  And last, but by no means least, Rob Topliss did them proud with their advertising and photographs on the night and Charlie videoed proceedings.

Let’s not forget that the event was designed to raise funds for Campaign Care 94 and Carole and Michele were delighted to learn that they had raised in excess of £900 which is a fantastic result for everyone who participated.

The evening certainly had a lot of hard work put into it and boy did it show.  Well done girls.  No doubt Shazarele will go from strength to strength with all this drive behind it.

Have a look at our Gallery page for more pictures.