That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, March 31st

St George's Guildhall in King's Lynn
St George's Guildhall in King's Lynn
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Like many others I was disappointed to hear that the cash bid for the upgrade of St George’s Guildhall in King’s Lynn has been rejected. Restoration work and improvements are badly needed for this historic local venue, but let’s be optimistic and hope solutions can be found in the near future.

We’ve already put the clocks forward and enjoyed a few lighter evenings, so with the better weather and Easter in sight, as well as much to enjoy coming our way entertainment-wise, I think there is justification for being positive! Certainly, I am pleased to report, there are plenty of talented youngsters stepping up to the plate in our local schools, as I witnessed recently at an Arts Week event at Lynn’s King Edward V11 Academy. Music, dance, drama, poetry and art work was presented and an entertaining evening began with young Daniel Akula’s piano playing. Then we were treated to many more excellent and varied performances from the many students involved. Well done to all concerned.

Away from West Norfolk, I briefly recommend a visit to The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, where an exhibition I recently praised in this column – Madonnas Miracles, has earned rave reviews in the national press, as has also an exhibition at The National Gallery in London, entitled Michelangelo and Sebastiano. Both these excellent exhibitions can be viewed until June this year.

A great local building is, of course, St Nicholas’ Chapel, and there are two notable events taking place there soon. Tomorrow evening, starting at 7.30pm is an evening of Music and Magic in aid of The One to One project (a local charity) and tickets can be booked on 01553 770770. The other event is Forte to Forty, also at the Chapel, this time on Saturday, April 8, starting at 7.30pm. The King’s Lynn Festival Chorus is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary with a superb programme of varied pieces. Tickets are available on 01553 764864 and under 18s go free.

Another brief reminder. If quality classical music appeals, don’t forget this Sunday’s Norfolk Symphony Orchestra Concert, also at St Nicholas Chapel, this time starting at 3.30pm. Some free tickets for young concert-goers may still be available and the luscious programme consists of music by Brahms, Mussorgsky and Richard Strauss (Nadine Benjamin is soloist in Strauss’s Four Last Songs). This is not to be missed, concert-goers!

There are many galleries and art shops to visit in West Norfolk, but it’s great to pop into an establishment that is much more than that. Why not take a look at what ‘Paint Pots’ has to offer over on Downham Market High Street? I certainly will be paying them a future visit from what I can see is on offer at their website and Facebook page.

Clay workshops, storybook mornings, arty parties for children and adults, refreshments and all sorts, so why not just drop in or call 01366 386189 for opening hours and further information?

There will be many free family events in King’s Lynn this April including springtime and baskets and bonnets workshops, Easter Egg trails and the re-launch of The Vancouver Quarter Saturday Club. It’s all going to be pretty amazing and for more info on the Saturday Club visit the Vancouver Quarter website to catch all the gen!

Having missed some recent model railway exhibitions I wish to compensate by making the King’s Lynn Model Railway Club my ‘Club of the Week’. They regularly have open days, exhibitions and events, so if interested then do ‘climb aboard’, and visit their website to find out their current time-table!