It was a great pleasure to visit the new Stories of Lynn exhibition at our historic Town Hall last week and enjoy the well presented and varied collection of artefacts giving an attractive and easily accessible view of past Lynn life.
In my view, the famous King John Cup was on show to full advantage and I urge all interested to go along and see for yourself.
The exhibition is open seven days a week 10am-4.30pm (last admission at 4pm). Adult tickets are £5, children and other concessions £3.50. There are other offers available so visit the website or phone 01553 777775 for further details.
I have heard from Sue Burge, a local writer and tutor, who is off to Paris for five weeks on an exciting writing project. Over the next year, she will be writing a body of poetry which will focus on Paris’ cinematic and literary heritage as well as as her own personal relationship with the city. Sue has received an Arts Council Grant to develop her own writing and also to broaden participation in both poetry and film, so she’ll be running some free ‘Inspired by Films’ poetry workshops and a poetry competition. The workshops will take place in King’s Lynn, Cambridge, Norwich and London. Sue also regularly blogs under the rubric The Peripatetic Poet – cinema, poetry and cafe culture. Fuller details should appear about the whole project, Lumiere, on her website, so check out www.sueburge.uk soon!
The time has come along again to remind readers of our very own local Morris Dancers, The King’s Morris. On Easter Monday they toured Snettisham, Heacham and Thornham and, of course, we look forward to The King’s Lynn May Garland Procession on Sunday, May 1. I will keep you up to date with the King’s Morris activities as usual, but do visit their website for more information.
Don’t forget also, as the weather improves (we hope), the opportunity should come soon to hear local brass bands in the open air; always a pleasure, and if you are thinking about joining a band yourself why not contact one near you? Vacancies do exist!
As readers know, I try to promote organisations in our area or region that may be of interest, and this week I have chosen one not mentioned by me before – The Norfolk Churches Trust. The trust was founded in 1976 and has issued many, many grants to churches in need. We have a great concentration of mediaeval churches in Norfolk, so joining the organisation, as a friend, is a great support. Of special interest is the realisation that the trust holds fundraising events of great variety from Grand Opera to Stately Car Boot Sales. Call the Trust on 01379 677272 to find out more.
If you have time, visit The Borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk’s newly designed and improved website, clicking on to the ‘What’s On’ section. There you will find a wide range of local events not all related to ‘entertainment’, of course, but giving excellent ideas for future pastimes.
The new King’s Lynn Corn Exchange guide is also now out; How about a ‘ Graeme of Thrones’ visit on May 15 or The Dreamboys for the Ladies, on the evening of May 13?
I know many of you like to get information on talks and this Sunday at 3pm, Marriott’s Warehouse in Lynn is the venue for Fred Cooke’s ‘Pleasant Sunday Afternoon’ free lecture on a Short History of Castle Rising; on Monday at 7.30pm Lynn’s RBL Club in Tower Street is the place to go for Kelvin Fairweather’s look back over 150 years of the King’s Lynn Horticultural Society; and finally, next Thursday at 7.30pm, Lynn Civic Society meet at Thoresby College for a talk by Giles Emery on the archaeology of St Nicholas’ Chapel.