That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, January 29th

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I often comment in the column how impressed I am with the really talented young people we have living, studying and working in West Norfolk.

My case was certainly strengthened by visiting the Show Offs 2016 exhibition at Greyfriars Art Space which displayed the highly original and innovative work of Art and Design students from the College of West Anglia, Lynn. The exhibition was mixed media, showing not only the creative spirit of the artists but how effectively they have grappled with new techniques and technology. The exhibition is an eye opener, in my view, so do pay the Art Space a visit in Lynn’s St James’ Street today and tomorrow (10am-3pm); admission free, all welcome.

A couple of quick reminders before we move on. Sunday is Shakespeare day at Lynn Corn Exchange. The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra under conductor Philip Hesketh (recently seen on national TV) will perform music by Bridge, Walton and Prokofiev on a Shakespearean theme. There will also be recitations as well, so call 01553 764864 for tickets. The concert starts at 3.30pm and free tickets for the under 18s may still be available. Go for it!

From 11.30am to 3pm at Lynn’s Town Hall, Chinese New Year celebrations will take place. The famous TV historian Michael Wood (a previous visitor to Lynn) is presenting a History of China currently on the BBC so viewers may well have an extra reason for visiting the Lynn celebrations. Contact True’s Yard Museum on KL 770479 for tickets.

And now for something completely different, as they say. It’s Toads on Roads! I make no comment but Annie has been in touch with me and wonders if interested people with a weakness for toads attend a meeting being held on Monday, February 8, at 7pm. The venue is the Dabbling Duck, Massingham. All volunteers are welcome. Please contact Annie on 01485 520719 or massingham@toadwatch.org

The next item does concern West Norfolk folk, although Cambridge is the location. An opportunity is being offered by the Cambridge Organists Association for teenagers and young people with some keyboard skills to visit Wesley Methodist Church, Christ’s Pieces, Cambridge. Nigel Kerry, a local director of music, will demonstrate the pipe organ in the church and teach the young people about the instrument, repertoire and how it can be played. There will be plenty to learn and enjoy. The event is free and refreshments will be available. Register your interest at www.cambridgeorganists.org

Be quick the event is tomorrow at 2pm.

It’s time again to put the spotlight on another local society. This week I focus on the West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Archaeological Society. The society offers a range of activities, projects and talks (the next on February 16 regarding “Discovering Oxborough”). Visit the society’s website to learn more. Once again here is the chance to start the New Year with a new interest.

I hope you have the time and opportunity to go to a couple of talks being given in Lynn next week. First up is True’s Talks, with Dr Paul Richards the speaker on “A History of St Nicholas’ Chapel in Lynn: Part 2, the Victorian Age”; this is at True’s Yard Museum on Tuesday, 1pm, free admission, but by ticket only. Lynn Civic Society’s lecture on Thursday, 7.30pm, is at Thoresby College with Charlotte Paton talking on local artist Walter Dexter; members free, visitors £2.

Lastly don’t forget all the other exciting events taking place, organised by the Marriott’s Warehouse Trust (view the website) and at True’s Yard. Exciting news related to The King’s Lynn Festival Chorus coming next time.