That’s entertainment with Andy Tyler Friday, June 5th

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Several years ago now, I read in the Lynn News that a new art shop and café was to open in Gaywood and visitors would be welcome to go along and join art classes, buy art related products, view exhibitions and then enjoy a meal or snack at the café above.

Helena Anderson was in charge of operations in the art department, of course, and her husband Barry, ran the café over the next few years until his retirement. I soon became firm friends with Barry, Helena and the family, and a regular customer, forming lasting friendships with others who frequented the premises. The news of Barry’s passing recently, was certainly a sad shock to me. I will certainly miss a good friend, his dry sense of humour and practical advice was always welcomed by me. My condolences to Helena and all the family.

Barry was keen to support special local events and so it’s appropriate for me now to move on, and highlight two coming up soon!

The exciting programme for Festival Too 2015 has now been launched and like many others I look forward to attending some of the gigs free to the public. Naturally, names of artists like those formerly of Bucks Fizz will prove especially popular but I was delighted to see younger performers will participate, including, The Puppeteers, Only The Young, Harry Cracknell and Elise. Our local high schools will also provide us with cool entertainment, so roll on the end of the month!

On a more historic note, we have the Magna Carta 800 celebrations in Lynn over next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14. To mark the granting of Magna Carta by King John The Tuesday Market Place will be at the centre of Medieval Mayhem with events such as falconry displays, craft demonstrations and the chance to meet characters from the period. You could also make a King John Penny, search for King John’s treasure and visit Lynn Museum free of charge. For all the details contact The Tourist Information Centre on 01553 763044.

On a similar theme I did notice that from tomorrow, and then on the first Saturday of the month, True’s Yard Museum at Lynn will be running a book sale, with the focus on local history. Existing stock may well be subject to a discount on these Saturdays, but second-hand books donated by friends and supporters will also be on sale. Donations are welcome. During the day refreshments will be available in the cosy tea room. For further True’s Yard news visit their website.

And so to music! I like to recommend the excellent local vocal group, Nobody’s Gigge, when I have the opportunity, and I notice they are giving a Tuesday lunch-time recital at King’s Lynn Minster next Tuesday, June 9. Expect a varied programme, beginning at 12.30pm and the café is open from 10.30am; admission is free. For more news and Church events visit: www.kingslynnminster.org

There are also guided walks around King’s Lynn at St Nicholas’ Chapel, concentrating on the darker side of the town to enjoy, so why not meet Edith Reeves at St Nicholas’? The King’s Lynn Town Guides run many excellent walks and charges are modest, so consider turning up this coming Monday at 7pm or go to www.visitwestnorfolk.com Tickets available from Lynn’s TIC at The Customs House.

The Cavaleri Quartet will be performing at Holkham Hall tomorrow night at 7pm, so if an excellent programme of music by Mozart, Brahms and Shostakovich appeals to you contact 01328 713111 now!

Besides another reminder of the Lions Fun Day on The Walks at Lynn this Sunday, that’s all for this week. Enjoy!