Win two pairs of two tickets to see Celtic Flames at Princess Theatre

April 2nd, 2014

The Celtic Flames troupe performs a quality eclectic mix of traditional Irish music, song and dance fused with a more contemporary style. Formed originally as 10 piece group in 2011, it has grown to include the top young talent to emerge from the west of Ireland in recent years and their mission is to entertain!

Using 15 different musical instruments to deliver a unique and vibrant sound, their versatile world champion dancers perform the full dynamic range of Irish dancing including light, heavy, set, sean-nos and twig dancing while a diverse variety of singers perform a seductive hybrid of rousing traditional ballads and modern classics from artists like Adele, Bob Dylan and Mumford and Sons.

Their atmospheric show generates a brilliant and energetic night’s entertainment suitable for all ages. At times, Celtic Flames burns with a light flicker, at times with a searing spark and at times it sets the place on fire! So treat yourself to a moody blend of ancient and modern, of a rich musical tradition with a contemporary feel and come to see the wonderful Celtic Flames perform.

Emmet and Emily of Celtic Flames

Emmet and Emily of Celtic Flames

Here is a little background on some of the younger talent in the Celtic Flames troupe:

Brother and sister and brother Emily and Emmet Greaney (see photo) are in 3rd and 5th class respectively in Brierfield National School in County Galway and have won competitions all over Ireland in harp, banjo and concertina in the past five years. Emily also dances in the show and is being tipped for stardom by all who see her perform. They can’t wait for the Celtic Flames tour of England!

The other group members include some of the top young talent in the west of Ireland, including four World Champion dancers who have performed all over the world in the past few years with Michael Flatley’s ‘Lord of the Dance’ show.

Celtic Flames is due to appear at the Princess Theatre, Hunstanton on Thursday, 17 April. Would you like to win tickets to see this exciting 24 piece mixed music troupe with members aged from 6 to 60? We have two pairs of two tickets to give out.

HOW TO WIN TWO TICKETS (WE HAVE A TOTAL OF FOUR TICKETS AS PRIZES): Send an email to celticflames@hotmail.com answering the following question: “What year was the Celtic Flames troupe originally formed and when will they appear at Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre?”

Entries MUST BE RECEIVED BY MONDAY, 14 APRIL 2014 at celticflames@hotmail.com

Celtic Flames Dancers

Celtic Flames Dancers

 

Coastal Tweetup is now West Norfolk Tweetup

March 31st, 2014

Coastal Tweetup has been running for almost a year and it has become obvious that a name change is needed to better promote our corner of Norfolk, thus it has been rechristened West Norfolk Tweetup. We will have to consider a new logo to suit when time allows.

The most recent tweetup attracted a fantastic variety of different business owners gathered together at Caithness Crystal on Tuesday, 11 March 2014. Managing Director, Mark Sander, supported by Stuart McBarron and Lindsay Van Dyke, welcomed everyone warmly and generously provided tea, coffee and scones as everyone introduced themselves.

Louise from Hands for Hounds tries glassblowing - photo by Stella Gooch

Louise from Hands for Hounds tries glassblowing – photo by Stella Gooch

Beaver  shows the tweetup members how his creation is shaping up - photo by Stella Gooch

Beaver shows the tweetup members how his creation is shaping up – photo by Stella Gooch

I was half an hour late in joining the group owing to a slight hiccup in school run arrangements but time stands still for no man and things were humming by the time I arrived at Caithness Crystal in Kings Lynn. I just had time for a cup of tea with our hosts and to say hi to Liz Pendleton of @LifestylesFest and @lingoliz fame. Then we were guided to the glassblowing area where Beaver, long-experienced glassblower was demonstrating his skill to the interested tweeters.

Caithness Crystal was a very interesting venue for a tweetup and a great opportunity for us all to better understand what Caithness Crystal can offer visitors. The cafe was a delightful space to relax and enjoy a range of refreshments and the gift shop sparkled with colourful displays of gifts for a wide range of tastes and styles. The biggest surprise of all was the range of jewellery on offer. I had never considered glass an option when it came to jewellery before but they were very lovely indeed.

A big thank you to Caithness Crystal for being such delightful hosts.

Tweetups are a great way to meet the people you tweet with on Twitter and to put faces to names. In other words they are a networking group but it operates very informally and allows the host venue to showcase its offering. If you would like to take part just follow @WNorfolktweetup (formerly @coastaltweetup) and turn up on the advertised day and time at the venue indicated. Please pass the word around – it is an inclusive group and we welcome all busines owners.

DIARY DATE: Wed, 23 April (11am) the next tweetup will be at Bircham Windmill where Elly will be delighted to welcome us to take in the wonder that is Bircham Windmill whilst enjoying our networking. Hope to see you there.

Beaver admires his work - photo by Stella Gooch

Beaver admires his work – photo by Stella Gooch

 

A completed glass elephant is presented to the crowd - photo by Stella Gooch

A completed glass elephant is presented to the crowd – photo by Stella Gooch

Find out about about Hunstanton Rotary Club on 26 March

March 17th, 2014

Hunstanton Rotary Club LogoHunstanton’s Rotary Club awareness day – Wednesday, March 26

Why not drop in to the Le Strange Hotel in Old Hunstanton on Wednesday, 26 March and meet members of the Hunstanton Rotary Club. This is a great opportunity to find out what Hunstanton Rotary Club do and you can find out if it is an organisation you would like to be part of.

President Ben Warnes said: “Rotary’s primary purpose is to create friendships among public spirited professional people who want to give something back.”

To find out more, or to attend, call Phil Newell on 01485 533864 or email phildory@talktalk.net

Click to find out more about Hunstanton Rotary

Princess Theatre hosts Lifestyles Festival Supporters Evening

March 11th, 2014

By Stella Gooch

15 March from 6pm – Supporters welcome to visit the Princess Theatre – just £3 can help!
Hunny Invite for Lifestyles

The Lifestyles Festival was originally organised and funded by Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Council but it is now operated solely by voluntary means so your help is needed to keep it alive.  Although £10,000 has been put up by a West Norfolk based business, Highline Extreme (OZ-UK) Ltd, (manufacturer of mobile climbing walls, skate parks and high ropes) this is just the start in finding the £50,000 needed for the event to go ahead.

Did you know that your pledge of just £3.00 (yes three pounds) can make a difference to ensuring the longevity of the Lifestyles Festival.   Come along to the Princess Theatre on Saturday, 15 March to learn how a small pledge can help make big things happen.

Click here for a little more background on Lifestyles Festival.

Hunstanton Council gets the local youth bopping

February 27th, 2014

Posted by Stella Gooch

Kids Disco Poster 7th March 2014Lately Hunstanton Town Council have been running a few discos at the Community Centre which are aimed at 7-11 year olds.  This is going down well and there are two more discos to put in your diary:  Friday, 7 March 2014 AND  Friday, 4 April 2014.

Mayor Elaine Clutton said: “We are trying so hard to get things going for 7 – 11 year olds in the town and hoping this project will lead to establishing a youth club.”

So spread the word and get your youngsters bopping to keep the momentum going!  Don’t forget to register your interest in signing your children up for the Youth Club too.  I am sure Hunstanton Town Council will be delighted to hear from you.

Spinney development opens in Hunstanton

February 26th, 2014

Posted by Stella Gooch
Photos by Stella Gooch

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Section of the new wall at The Spinney illustrating scenes of Hunstanton as it was in times gone by

Members of the Hunstanton Regeneration Project Team and Hunstanton Round Table, gathered at The Spinney in Hunstanton on 19 February 2014 to mark the completion of the refurbishment project.

Work on The Spinney began in September 2013 and the new scheme incorporates an event space and pedestrian priority area towards the High Street. The event space is partially surrounded by a curving feature wall, which includes photograph tiles and letter engraving. A feature balustrade is fitted to the top of the wall. New street furniture, trees and lighting have been installed to punctuate the landscaping, providing places to pause. Works to the High Street included resurfacing of carriage way and pedestrian crossing points, de-cluttering of street furniture and new feature planters.

Cllr Elizabeth Watson, Andrew Searle, Paul Searle are delighted to see The Spinney seating & public area openCllr Alistair Beales, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “The focus of this project has been the involvement of the public and key stakeholders. The Hunstanton Regeneration Project Team has been pivotal in this work and I would like to express my thanks to them.

“The scheme is a big improvement, and now there is a clear pedestrian link into the High Street. We’ve also created a small performance area, where events can be held to encourage more people into the town centre.”

The tiled walled, a most attractive feature within the scheme, has been developed using photos submitted by members of the public and beautifully illustrates the halcyon days of the Victoria seaside upon which Hunstanton was built.

Cllr Elizabeth Watson, Borough Councillor and Chair of the Hunstanton Regeneration Project Team, said: “We received an array of photographs, from which we selected 25 to feature in the wall. These tiles tell the story of Hunstanton and in particular give an indication of what the town was like during its Victorian heyday.”

“We are grateful to everyone involved in creating this wall, from those providing the photos to those selecting the ones to use. We are now producing an explanatory leaflet to help visitors to the area to understand more about this beautiful resort.”

Also featured in the wall are two carved dedications: One to Richard Searle MBE for his services to the Round Table and one to Henry and Hamon Le Strange – visionaries, in recognition of establishing Hunstanton as a classic Victorian seaside resort. The wording is picked out in the wall using stone.

Gary Waddison, Chairman, Hunstanton and District Round Table, said: “Richard credited many of his achievements to what he learned in his early years spent in Round Table.

“We are delighted to be able to pay tribute to Richard’s outstanding service to the local community through his years spent in Hunstanton and District Round Table.

“We are especially pleased to have Richard remembered here as this is the kind of project I’m sure he would have been delighted to see happen.”

Cllr Elizabeth Watson, Kevin Waddison, Andrew Searle, Edward Napolitano, Gary Waddison, Paul Searle, +1, Jo Searle

Cllr Elizabeth Watson, Kevin Waddison, Andrew Searle, Edward Napolitano, Gary Waddison, Paul Searle, +1, Jo Searle

A celebratory formal opening of the Spinney is being planned for Easter to mark the start of the season. A range of activities will be organised with local groups to demonstrate how the new space can be used. More details of this will be published shortly.

In 2008, when the Hunstanton town centre and southern seafront masterplan was developed, The Spinney was identified as an area that could, with enhancements, become a more inviting and accessible place that could be shaped to help direct people towards the town centre. This was highlighted again by Hunstanton’s Town Team, established as part of the town’s efforts to attract funding from the Mary Portas Scheme.

Funding for this scheme (£347,000) has come from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and Norfolk County Council. The work to enhance the area around the Spinney has been funded by Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, and was carried out on their behalf by Norfolk County Council’s strategic partnership with May Gurney (now part of Kier Group) for construction and Mott MacDonald for design work. Norfolk County Council undertook maintenance and street scene enhancement works along High Street at the same time to reduce overall cost and minimise disruption.

The final plan was created by Wynne Williams Associates Ltd, landscape architects based on an initial brief developed by the borough council in conjunction with the Hunstanton Town Team and Regeneration Project Team

Hunny Travel Shop a new “Destination” on High Street

February 26th, 2014

Posted by Stella Gooch
Photo by Elaine Bird of Hunstanton Town & Around

Rosie prepares to welcome coffee shop visitors

Rosie prepares to welcome coffee shop visitors

Hunstanton High Street now boasts a high quality travel agent with its own coffee shop. Krystian Tatum first hit Hunstanton around three years ago with Hunny Travel Shop. Now relocated and rebranded, Krystian and business partner Tim Hurrell are proud to offer a full range of holidays in a more comfortable environment with high quality refreshments in their coffee shop.

Krystian and Tim aim to take on the internet holiday companies with hi-tech High Street premises where they will offer customers a personal service with good prices. Krystian has a supporting team on the travel side with Mike Tandy and Sarah Morton with Rosie Guy managing the coffee shop.

With lots more positive changes on the way within the local business community, shopping and visiting Hunstanton can only get better and better.

Spinney development opens in Hunstanton

February 26th, 2014

Posted by Stella Gooch
Photos by Stella Gooch

Members of the Hunstanton Regeneration Project Team and Hunstanton Round Table, gathered at The Spinney in Hunstanton on 19 February 2014 to mark the completion of the refurbishment project.

Work on The Spinney began in September 2013 and the new scheme incorporates an event space and pedestrian priority area towards the High Street. The event space is partially surrounded by a curving feature wall, which includes photograph tiles and letter engraving. A feature balustrade is fitted to the top of the wall. New street furniture, trees and lighting have been installed to punctuate the landscaping, providing places to pause. Works to the High Street included resurfacing of carriage way and pedestrian crossing points, de-cluttering of street furniture and new feature planters.

Cllr Alistair Beales, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “The focus of this project has been the involvement of the public and key stakeholders. The Hunstanton Regeneration Project Team has been pivotal in this work and I would like to express my thanks to them.

“The scheme is a big improvement, and now there is a clear pedestrian link into the High Street. We’ve also created a small performance area, where events can be held to encourage more people into the town centre.”

The tiled walled, a most attractive feature within the scheme, has been developed using photos submitted by members of the public and beautifully illustrates the halcyon days of the Victoria seaside upon which Hunstanton was built.

Cllr Elizabeth Watson, Borough Councillor and Chair of the Hunstanton Regeneration Project Team, said: “We received an array of photographs, from which we selected 25 to feature in the wall. These tiles tell the story of Hunstanton and in particular give an indication of what the town was like during its Victorian heyday.”

“We are grateful to everyone involved in creating this wall, from those providing the photos to those selecting the ones to use. We are now producing an explanatory leaflet to help visitors to the area to understand more about this beautiful resort.”

Also featured in the wall are two carved dedications: One to Richard Searle MBE for his services to the Round Table and one to Henry and Hamon Le Strange – visionaries, in recognition of establishing Hunstanton as a classic Victorian seaside resort.   The wording is picked out in the wall using stone.

Gary Waddison, Chairman, Hunstanton and District Round Table, said: “Richard credited many of his achievements to what he learned in his early years spent in Round Table.

“We are delighted to be able to pay tribute to Richard’s outstanding service to the local community through his years spent in Hunstanton and District Round Table.

“We are especially pleased to have Richard remembered here as this is the kind of project I’m sure he would have been delighted to see happen.”

A celebratory formal opening of the Spinney is being planned for Easter to mark the start of the season.  A range of activities will be organised with local groups to demonstrate how the new space can be used.  More details of this will be published shortly.

In 2008, when the Hunstanton town centre and southern seafront masterplan was developed, The Spinney was identified as an area that could, with enhancements, become a more inviting and accessible place that could be shaped to help direct people towards the town centre. This was highlighted again by Hunstanton’s Town Team, established as part of the town’s efforts to attract funding from the Mary Portas Scheme.

Funding for this scheme (£347,000) has come from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and Norfolk County Council. The work to enhance the area around the Spinney has been funded by Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, and was carried out on their behalf by Norfolk County Council’s strategic partnership with May Gurney (now part of Kier Group) for construction and Mott MacDonald for design work. Norfolk County Council undertook maintenance and street scene enhancement works along High Street at the same time to reduce overall cost and minimise disruption.

The final plan was created by Wynne Williams Associates Ltd, landscape architects based on an initial brief developed by the borough council in conjunction with the Hunstanton Town Team and Regeneration Project Team

Help Hunstanton Lifestyles Festival now or lose it forever!

February 21st, 2014

Lifestyles Festival LOGO“Help Lifestyles Festival now or lose it forever!”  It sounds like a strong please and it is because the very popular annual watersports event is under threat.  On 19 February 2014, the Lifestyles Festival launched an Official Appeal @ The Shed Skatepark in King’s Lynn to ensure that the Festival can go ahead in 2014.  Owing to lack of crew and funds last year, the Lifestyles Festival did not happen for the first time since I can remember.  Thus Lifestyles Festival volunteers are working hard to save the Festival (which began around 2005?) for future years by raising £50,000 and recruiting 40 new volunteers, by April 2014.

This year there are more new committee members on board, and a revised constitution has been agreed for the not-for-profit community group behind the Festival, Lifestyles Association.  The drive to raise much needed support for this great event is aimed at either returning the annual event to Hunstanton for 2014 or to retire it from the Norfolk events calendar forever.

Supporting the launch was Professional BMX Flatland rider and Guinness World Record holder, Matti Hemmings.  Matti explained in a BBC Radio interview how he first got into BMX at an event just like Lifestyles.  He said: ”Lifestyles is clearly beneficial to the local community, showcasing extreme sports as a good way of life and inspire young people to take part.”

During the evening, new volunteers signed up to offer their help in marshalling the VW show and the street course and A-level students from Kings Lynn took photographs, illustrating that students on work-experience were very welcome to participate in the event.

Norfolk based technology firm ‘New IT’ was the first to pledge their support for the continuation of the event and the Lifestyles Association hope that more comapnies will follow their lead.  There was considerable press and media attention on the night with reporters from BBC Radio Norfolk and the Lynn News conducting interviews.

So what can be done to ensure the Lifestyles Festival is preserved for years to come?

A supporters evening -  6 March 2014 – King’s Lynn’s new Rathskeller wine bar
Anyone interested in volunteering, supporting or sponsoring, is invited to come along.

A kickstarter campaign – a way of ‘crowd funding’
This campaign will be starting on the 1st March. Anyone who would like to back the campaign is asked to follow Lifestyles via facebook facebook.com/lifestylesfestival or twitter twitter.com/lifestylesfest

Donations and Sponsors are welcome
You can donate either via online donations through the Association website, or through contact with the sponsorship team info@lifestylesfestival.co.uk.  Donations go to pay for things like safety barriers, toilet hire, marquee hire etc.

HELP SAVE LIFESTYLES FESTIVAL – VISIT THE WEBSITE AND DONATE NOW ON PAYPAL

Environment Agency Reports on Aftermath of Dec 2013 Tidal Surge

January 30th, 2014

Damage along Snettisham coastline during tidal surge 5 Dec 2013 - photo by Lilian RichardsonThe Environment Agency have advised that, following the tidal surge of 5 December 2013, they have been monitoring the forecast predicted tides and corresponding weather forecasts between 31 January and 11 February 2014. As a result,  contingency plans have been agreed to ensure that their official warnings are effective and that damaged defences are bolstered, notably additional sand bags have been installed at Trenowaths Place in Kings’ Lynn.

The Environment Agency stress that it is important to remember that the emergency repairs to the sea defences between Snettisham and Heacham, completed immediately after the event, did not reinstate the sea defences to their previous standard of protection and as a result, it may be necessary to issue the Precautionary Evacuation Notice for slightly lower high tides than before.

At the time of issuing this update, the Environment Agency are confident that the risk to Kings’ Lynn and the North West Norfolk coast of tidal flooding is low. However, the situation continues to be monitored and Environment Agency staff are on standby ready to take action if needed.

Further repairs are needed to sea defences between Kings’ Lynn and Hunstanton and along the tidal River Great Ouse and funding has been secured for the majority of the necessary work.  Dates for work to commence are currently being finalised.

Click to read the full report – Tidal Surge Recovery Briefing – Environment Agency 30 Jan 2014

If you have any questions, please contact Jen Woodward on 01480 483015 or jen.woodward@environment-agency.gov.uk

You can follow the Environment Agency on Twitter @EnvAgencyAnglia or their local representatives @DarrenTrumperEA and @JamesHookerEA