That’s Entertainment: Friday, January 30th

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I have recently been enjoying programmes about the work of the artists Sir Peter Paul Rubens and Hans Holbein, ably presented by Sunday Times art critic Waldemar Januszczak.

So I am pleased to start this week at Lynn Arts Centre,

firstly with the news that the centre has been accredited as a European Voluntary Service Organisation (EVS) and the Community Project, “It’s Your Neighbourhood” has won awards by The Royal Horticultural Society and Anglia in Bloom.

Another exhibition on the horizon being shown between March 21 and April 11 is the Arts Award Exhibition giving 20 young people across West Norfolk the opportunity to create a portfolio and possibly make their way in the world of art. Who knows, a new Holbein or Rubens may emerge! Entrance will be free at the Red Barn.

Time to get hold of a copy, or download, the text of Jessie Burton’s best-selling and intriguing novel The Miniaturist, as Waterstone’s Reading Group will meet at 4pm on Wednesday, March 4 at their Lynn store, to discuss this book. As usual tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.

Now for a couple of reminders. Two popular symphonies will be performed by the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, directed by popular conductor Philip Hesketh, at Lynn Corn Exchange on Sunday at 3.30pm.

These are Mozart’s 40th and Mahler’s 5th. Mahler’s symphony seems to contain a whole world with all its delights and horrors and includes the well-known Adagietto used famously in Visconti’s film “Death in Venice”. Free tickets for young people may still be available so contact the box office on 01553 764864.

The other reminder is of a special recital given by Jean-Selim Abdelmoula, the young Swiss pianist and composer at a coffee concert, being presented as part of King’s Lynn Festival winter series, taking place on Friday, February 6, at 11am at Lynn’s Town Hall. The programme includes pieces by Debussy, Chopin and Schubert. It should be quite an occasion, so call on 01553 764864 for tickets. You can also book tickets and find out more at

And now for something completely different, as they say. The subject is glass. The Bowskill family has donated a collection to King’s Lynn Library and they will be on display as part of the Downham Market Library Friendship group session, at Downham Market Library on Tuesday, February 10. The collection covers a vast number of local West Norfolk views and people, taken during the early 1900s. Tea and coffee will be available from 1pm and the session is from 1.30-2.30pm; booking is essential on 01366 383073. A fee of £1 is payable and includes the refreshments.

Don’t forget those Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Lectures being held at Marriott’s Warehouse in Lynn. Visit:

No booking is necessary and admission is free, Just place a donation in the box if you would!

Photography is next on the agenda. The new exhibition at Lynn Custom House is open until March 31. Ian Ward’s fascinating work, featuring local views.

A modest £1 charge is payable by adults and children just 50p! Opening: Mon-Sat 10.30am-3.30pm and Sunday, 12pm-3.30pm. Phone: KL 763044 for more information.

For more West Norfolk events and how you can support the Citizens Advice Bureau visit this column next week!