That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler Friday, June 19th

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Having been recently listening to great classical voices on the radio (it was Joan Sutherland singing Handel today), I was reminded to mention the excellent series of live broadcasts from great venues of plays, musicals and opera which are streamed periodically to the Majestic Cinema in Lynn and others nationwide.

I have been familiar with the famous tune from Rossini’s Guillaume Tell (that’s “William Tell” to you and me!), since I watched the TV series of the same name as a child, so it’s great to be able to enjoy the whole opera at The Majestic and other cinemas in the region and beyond, on Sunday, July 5, starting at 2.45pm. For further details visit the Majestic website or call 01553 772603.

Despite changeable weather, the Magna Carta celebrations seemed to be a great success in Lynn last weekend, and I was one of the many visitors who enjoyed the events in the town centre. I was delighted to notice an almost full page article about the events in last Friday’s edition of The Evening Standard, besides the coverage in our local press, and notice Alison Gifford (chairman of Lynn’s Civic Society) and Richard Morley (Lynn Town Guides) promoting Lynn’s heritage so enthusiastically. It’s all good for the local economy as well, of course!

It was also heartening to see a good turnout for the most recent meeting of Lynn Library’s History Group where the Magna Carta was discussed, and the effect it had at the time and it’s impact on future democracy in this country.

The next meeting of the group takes place on Wednesday, July 8, 2.30-3.30pm and the subject is Waterloo (the battle was fought near Waterloo on Sunday, June, 18, 1815, so it’s all very topical). However, if readers saw a version of events that apparently took place on the battle field in a recent episode of the superb TV adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s classic novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, involving magicians, take no notice, it’s a fiction!

And now for my “Fete of the Week”. The Rudhams’ Village Summer Fete takes place at East Rudham Playing Field, on Saturday, June 27, from noon. Entry is free and there will be much to do and enjoy, including games for the children, a sheep show, varied refreshments and stalls. If you would like a stall phone 07909895453 after 7pm or email bannand8nr5@nsix.org.uk.

More music now! A reminder of The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra concert this Sunday at Lynn’s Minster Church, starting at 2.30pm. The appealing programme consists of music by Holst, Gounod, and Khachaturian, conducted by music director Philip Hesketh. If you are a “friend” of the orchestra, as am I, entry is free, or tickets are £10 for adults and accompanied children under 16 can come in for free. For all the details and for future information visit www.nso-uk.co.uk

From today and until Sunday why not visit Mid-Norfolk Railway Summer Steam Gala? One-day Rover tickets are available and three steam engines are running. Cream Tea Specials are also on offer! For all the details visit: www.mnr.org.uk or phone: 01362 851723 Get steaming over to Dereham or Wymondham station soon!

Lastly, a chance to get out and about in the fresh air again! Why not join a Wild Morning in Reffley between 10am and 1pm next Saturday, June 27? Participation is free, and the meeting place is Reffley Community Centre.

Activities on offer include walks, wild craft activities, pond dipping, minibeast hunting, bird box making and much more. No need to book, just turn up – and go wild next weekend!