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Hunstanton Heritage Centre opens

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Posted by Stella Gooch
Photo by Stella Gooch

Hunstanton Heritage Centre opens (pictured John Maiden, Brian Holmes, Canny Jones, David Jones) - photo by Stella Gooch

Hunstanton Heritage Centre opens (pictured John Maiden, Brian Holmes, Canny Jones, David Jones) – photo by Stella Gooch

Opening times in August will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 1 pm to 5 pm.

Opening times thereafter to be announced (and subject to availability of volunteers) …….

Thanks to a lot of hard work by Brian Holmes and the determination of the Heritage Centre team, Hunstanton’s brand new Heritage Centre opened its doors on Friday, 2 August 2013  in the former “Value for Money” shop next door to The Princess Theatre.

I dropped in on Saturday, 3 August to see how they were getting on and found a team of four volunteers, including Brian Holmes, Canny Jones, John Maiden and David Jones, welcoming visitors to the new centre of local history and memorabilia.  The opening displays included Brian’s well known and very popular railway display as well as displays reflecting the history of Hunstanton’s outdoor swimming pool, numerous old buildings, the 1953 floods and the old pier.  There were also comparisons of old and new local  views. Hunstanton’s Heritage Centre naturally included displays telling the stories of the historical Le Strange and St Edmunds connections.  Brian Holmes tells me that there are further historical tales to depict in similar fashion in the planning already.

The Heritage Centre was the brainchild of the Hunstanton Civic Society and has now been established as a separate charitable entity with support from the Hunstanton Civic Society and other sponsorship from within the community.  This fledgling community project does need on-going support to grow from strength to strength so please help if you can.  That support needs to take the form of cash donations and volunteering your time to help keep the Centre open.  In addition, donations of spare furniture such as good quality tables, chairs and glass topped display cabinets would also be appreciated in these early days. 

Anyone who is able to help should please contact Brian Holmes on 01485-534707.

Hunstanton loses bid for Lottery Funding for Pier

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Posted by Stella Gooch
Photos provided by John Maiden

View into Conservation  Area from Hunstanton Beach 2002

View into Conservation Area from Hunstanton Beach 2002

The cat is out of the bag re the recent lottery bid by Hunstanton Civic’s Society.  The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), having assessed their £7.48m application for the creation of a new Hunstanton pier and two heritage centres have now decided that the Fund was unable to support the project. To date, HLF has made 98 awards in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk totalling £11.4m and it is a shame that on this occasion Hunstanton has missed out.

Carole Souter, Chief Executive of HLF, said:

“Whilst we commend Hunstanton Civic Society for their desire to create a new pier, we were unable to support this project as there is so little of the original historic fabric of the previous pier remaining.  The Heritage Lottery Fund is always available to provide advice to organisations considering applying for a grant and we would be happy to do so should the Civic Society want to discuss any future plans with us.”

John Maiden’s reaction on behalf of Hunstanton Civic Society:

“Members of our committee were disappointed with the outcome, but will accept the invitation to discuss future plans with the HLF.  There is clearly a need for a heritage centre of some kind in Hunstanton, it is just very unfortunate that West Norfolk Council failed to enforce the repairing covenant in the Pier Lease when most of the pier was washed away in 1978, or again in 2002 when the final remnant was removed after fire had destroyed the entire entrance building. Had this small section of pier been preserved the HLF would have been more likely to fund the reinstatement of the whole structure. However, since the 999-year pier lease has another 8 centuries left to run, there will clearly be opportunities to build a pier on the original footprint if money can be found from other sources…”

Hunstanton Pier 1978

Hunstanton Pier 1978