As I write this week the shortlist has just been announced for The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
I am pleased to report the book I am currently reading, The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, is on that list and is the chosen book to be discussed at the next meeting of The Waterstones Reading Group at 4pm on Wednesday, April 27, at the Lynn store. It is a clever mystery and love story set in the precious and secretive international art world. A real page-turner and no doubt a few off- shore bank accounts are used by some of the characters featured! Do read the book (now in paperback) if you can, and come along to the meeting. Local libraries also have their own book clubs so you can pick one that suits you.
Two items follow staying firmly in the realms of art and crafts. This weekend on both Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 6pm at Sandringham is the New Makers’ Show ‘Just Crafts’. It features artists, designers and craftsmen, working demonstrations and rural skills and the Sandringham Cup International Chainsaw Carving Competition, which this year is between England and Germany. It’s an ongoing annual event now in its sixth year with Germany slightly ahead. Visit www.sandringhamcraftshow.co.uk for more details.
‘Pop-Ups’ are fashionable these days and one in the form of an Arts and Crafts Shop is being held at Greyfriars Art Space, in Lynn, from Friday to Sunday, April 22-24, opening 10am-4pm. Art Space members will be putting a variety of work on sale and there will be bargains to be had. If you fancy a new painting, piece of jewellery or intricate drawing why not pop-in to the pop-up?
Although we hear the sad news of accidents on our railways occasionally, thankfully these are statistically rare, and I do at this time of the year, remind readers of the excellent steam railways we have in Norfolk, always worth a visit, especially when the better weather arrives. I particularly recommend the Mid-Norfolk, North Norfolk and Bure Valley Railways for the family and enthusiasts to enjoy.
I mentioned in relation to events at St Faith’s Church, Gaywood, for children last week, the leaving of a local priest from our area, and this week I would also like to mention the retirement of a well-loved local pastor, Don Mentch, who has recently retired from The Nazarene Church at Reffley.
Again, looking at the activities of that church I notice facilities for younger people, so it does pay to see what your local church has to offer, not just for the young ones, but for all ages.
Yet another event close to my heart! Tomorrow is Record Store Day, which record shops throughout the country will be celebrating. We all have plenty of ways to enjoy our favourite music these days, CDs, vinyl, downloads and so on, so it will be great to participate in some way.
Locally, Lewks in Wales Court, Downham, will be celebrating the day with free live music. The gig lasts from 8am-noon and features a variety of great sounds. Contact 01366 383762 for more information and do try and support your local record shop.
A brief reminder, this Sunday is the last chance to catch an exhibition at Lynn’s Custom House, the subject being the restoration of the town’s historic boat The Baden Powell. For more information, do give The Custom House a ring on 01553 763044.
Lastly, this Sunday from 3-4pm, you can enjoy another of those ‘pleasant Sunday afternoon talks’ at Marriott’s Warehouse on Lynn’s South Quay. The talk is by Tony Hall on ‘Monuments of War - Wartime Remains in West Norfolk’.