That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, April 8th

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A full and distinguished audience attended the Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture recently at St Nicholas’ Chapel, Lynn, for a fascinating presentation covering several aspects of the Battle of the Somme, 1916.

Ruaraidh Adam-Cairns and his wife engaged us with their subject and supplemented it with personal accounts of participants of the time, some very moving.

Dr Paul Richards, chairman of True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, gave thanks at the end of the evening and paid tribute to Pat Midgley who was in the forefront of the campaign to save the museum. Visit the museum’s website for details of all that goes on there, you won’t be disappointed. It’s the museum’s Silver Jubilee year, so do support where you can.

Having attended a “farewell” service at St Faith’s Church, Gaywood, where the Rev Dale Gingrich made his final official appearance, I was reminded to mention all the varied activities going on, not just at St Faith’s, but all over the borough at a church near you. Young people are catered for especially and, at Gaywood for instance, families can attend the Messy Church on the second Friday of each month. They are run between 4.30 and 6.30pm. For further details contact Joyce Banham on 01553 761604 or the church office on 01553 774916.

Now onto local theatre. The KLODS are presenting “9 to 5” at Lynn Arts Centre between April 20-23, with evening performances starting at 7.30pm. The amazing music and lyrics are by Dolly Parton. Call on 01553 764864 for tickets. If you work 9 to 5, you should get to the theatre on time!

Next off, a theatre company close to my heart: it’s the Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company, presenting Aladdin at Lynn’s Corn Exchange on Tuesday, April 19, at 6.30pm and Wednesday 20th at 2.30pm and 6.30pm. The company always comes up with a cool show, suitable for all the family, and no doubt someone will get to rub that magic lamp during the run. Call 01553 764864 for tickets.

There is the chance to learn ceramic tile making at a workshop coming soon to Greyfriars Art Space, St James’ Street, Lynn. The date is Tuesday, April 19, and there are two sessions that day: either 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm or both. No experience is necessary. The sessions are run by Christine Pike and you can call her direct on 07968 287999.

A reminder that the next coffee quiz at Marriott’s Warehouse is on Wednesday, April 27, starting at 11am. Places are £5 each, which includes tea or coffee and home-made goodies. Booking is not necessary – just turn up.

A fundraising event this Sunday for both the village of Westacre and its theatre is in the form of a craft fair and “classy” car boot. The Spring Craft Fair consists of stalls selling a selection of artisan-made goods throughout the theatre building. The classy car boot sale will be offering some interesting bargains just outside in the landscaped grounds. The theatre’s Riverside Café-bar will be serving a choice of tasty snacks. The event runs from 10.30am to 4pm and admission is £1 with under 12s free. There is ample free off-road parking and the theatre has an entirely level floor with fully accessible toilets. For any more information, call 01760 755800.

Lastly, moving away from Lynn, and for those with literary interests, why not go and meet the author at a Bookfest event at Briarfields in Titchwell on the afternoon of Sunday, April 17, starting at 3pm? The author will be novelist Clare Mackintosh and afternoon tea is included in the ticket price. For more details contact Briarfields Titchwell on 01485 210742.