I am delighted to start the column off again this week with mention of another successful community event, this time one that showcased the work of young people from around the Fens and West Norfolk involved in producing films.
The quality of the movies was excellent (animated techniques were included) and in order to produce this excellent body of work varied skills must have been mastered and self-confidence gained, especially when acting was involved. The Fen Youth Film Fest had several supporters, including the Heritage Lottery Fund and the talented participants included young people from the Discovery Centre in North Lynn, Downham Market Academy and the King’s Lynn Youth Forum. Well done to all involved and to the Norfolk Museums and Fens Museum Partnership.
Christmas concerts, fairs, parties and shows are all around us at present but perhaps an event with a slight difference is entitled a Bizarre Bazaar, and this apparently off-beat craft fair being held at Greyfriars Art Space in St James Street, Lynn, arrives just in time for Christmas. Several local artists are setting up shop to sell unique handmade gifts, cards, artwork and lots more. Admission is free. Opening times are 10am-4pm, Monday to Saturday, starting from Monday and continuing until December 13. For more details call on 07517147444.
I am sure you have not failed to notice the exciting panto on offer at Lynn’s Corn Exchange – Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs which opens next Friday – but don’t forget the new Corn Exchange brochure covering the period from January to April next year is now available. You can pick up a copy at the venue.
n Now for details of a Christmas concert or two before another craft fair turns up. A concert by the West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra will take place on Wednesday at St.John’s Church (on The Walks) from 7.30pm. It’s a varied, seasonal programme and tickets are reasonably priced at £5 per adult, £3 concessions and children go free.
I have also been contacted by Lynn Town Band and they are with the Women’s Institute at Terrington St Clement Village Hall on December 12 for their carol concert starting at 7.30pm. The band will also be playing carols at the Tesco store in Hardwick Road, Lynn, on Saturday, December 20, starting at 1pm. I notice, also, the combined band and orchestra from the King’s Lynn Music Centre, Springwood, are performing carols at the store on December 22 from 6pm.
I will remind readers again nearer the time, but an early notice that the superb King’s Morris will be Morris Dancing on Boxing Day at 12 noon. The venue will be The Swan Inn, South Wootton.
The craft fair I referred to is one taking place at Lynn’s King Edward VII Academy, this Sunday between 10am and 4pm. Should be bargains galore!
It’s been great to watch Michael Portillo’s latest Railway Journey Show, especially knowing he began filming it the day after he came to Lynn to open our refurbished station. Armed with his Bradshaw Guide it’s entertaining and informative. However, if model railways are more to your taste why not pay the King’s Lynn Model Railway Club a visit or, perhaps, join as a member? Meetings are now held at Pott Row Village Hall, Friday evenings between 7pm and 10pm. For further details contact either Peter Howard on KL 840704 or Arthur Bedford on KL 762955.
For issues concerning the present day railways visit The Fen line Users Association website: www.flua.org.uk you will find much of interest and can find details of how to join the association.