I would like to put the spotlight on the great work done at The Forward Day Centre, which works with adults having learning difficulties. The centre, which is situated next to Lynn Library at the Old School House, (built in 1849), provides all manner of excellent services for its users and so I was pleased to pay them a visit recently, tour the centre, and be entertained by events at their well attended Christmas Fair. Much goes on, much will go on in the future and I was especially impressed to see the facilities already available for members to explore and develop their creative talents. Good luck to Steve and the team!
n Our local Schools also provide much in the way of entertainment in the community over the year, and the latest show I see being presented at Springwood High School is the ever popular Bugsy Malone.
I notice there is only one performance left between 2 and 5pm tomorrow at SHS Drama Studios, so seats may be limited or even sold out by now! Contact 01553 773393.
n One of my Christmas pleasures is to hear all, or part, of JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, either on the radio or from one of my treasured recordings.
This year I will be able to enjoy hearing excerpts live at the Lynn Festival Chorus’s Christmas Concert taking place at the Minster, Lynn, tomorrow at 5pm.
The performance will be sung in English with the narrative being spoken by Andrew Haig, a bass singer in the chorus, and former QEH Chaplain. Andrew has adapted the words from the arias and recitatives of Bach’s work (usually in six parts), so it can be performed in one evening. Christmas Carols will also be included, of course, and a work especially composed by local, young musician, Lewis Wolstanholme. A festive occasion to be sure! Tickets are available from Lynn’s Corn Exchange (01553 764864) or on the door.
n As promised last week I must now give details of a Christmas Tree Festival starting today and concluding next Monday at noon. St Faith’s Church, Gaywood is the venue and you can visit between 10am and 6pm except Monday. Entry is free. I notice two concerts are also on offer! Tonight, a Grand Variety Concert at 7.30pm and tomorrow, The Big Heart and Soul Choir, also starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 or £8 for both concerts. For further details of church events call 01553 774916.
n Forgetting Christmas for a little while, and being a fan of all those antique shows, I would like to give notice this week, of a two day Antiques Fair taking place at BW PLUS, Knights Hill Hotel and Spa on the weekend of January 3 and 4, between 10.30am and 4pm. A wide variety of quality antiques will be exhibited and admission is a modest £3 (under 16s accompanied free). Contact Susan Wright on 07596436260.
n Another favourite of mine is Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, and an adaptation of this, by James Reynard is being performed at Holkham Hall on December 20 and 21 at 7pm.
The production is by the Rain or Shine Theatre Company. Sounds a rare, Dickensian treat, so contact 01328 713111.
n Next week a coffee morning is being held at Lynn Museum on Wednesday, between 10.30am and 12 noon to be precise, admission to the museum is free and £1 for refreshments.
This Sunday music in the Walks Bandstand is being provided by The Hilgay Silver Band, between 2 and 4pm but also the Christmas Salon is open at The Minster Rectory, 3pm for seasonal music, merriment and a modest menu of excellent refreshment.