That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, March 11th

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As regular readers know, I like to promote in the column local organisations which keep us in the local communities occupied and entertained throughout the year, so I make no apologies for kicking off this week with details of two local organisations both meeting at Providence Street Community Centre in Lynn.

The Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers will soon celebrate their first year (on April 1) and from what I hear all sorts of work goes on at the meetings for charity. There is also the opportunity to have a natter with the friends you may well make. Meetings are held between 10am and midday on the last Friday of the month, but not Bank holidays. For more detsails contact Trudie Smart on 01553 763926.

Fenland Ukuleles meet at the centre between 7-9pm on Wednesday evenings and it seems the group provides plenty of opportunity to learn things musical. If interested then you should get in touch with Iain Miller on 01945 780331, the call may be well worth the trouble.

A brief reminder: don’t forget the exhibition of work by John Hughes’ mixed media workshop members appearing in the Foyer Gallery, Westacre Theatre, from now until April 3. The group mainly consists of retired folk from Lynn and nearby villages and certainly provide a great show.

Now for news of local talks. A special Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture takes place at 7pm on Thursday, March 31, at Lynn’s St Nicholas’ Chapel, which includes a champagne reception at 6.15pm. The lecture by Ruaraidh Adams-Cairns is “The Battle of the Somme – Love, Death and Recollections”. Proceeds are in aid of True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum Silver Jubilee Appeal and tickets at £15 are available at True’s Yard.

I notice the new brochure for Lynn Corn Exchange is now out, covering the period from April to September. You can’t miss the publication, it has a picture of the production of The Mousetrap, not to be missed later in the year. The brochure, is, of course, full of coming delights.

Just a short distance away from the Corn Exchange, on the South Quay, is Marriott’s Warehouse where Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Talks start later this month. These are arranged by Marriott’s Warehouse Trust and you should visit the website for full details of the talks season, the first being on March 20, 3-4pm.

Staying by the river front, Lynn Custom House is the venue for a special exhibition with the King’s Lynn Worfolk Boat Trust showing the restoration of the town’s historic boat, the Baden Powell.

This will be opened by our Borough Mayor, Colin Manning, at 11am on Maundy Thursday, March 24. There will be pictures and details of the cockling boat’s 116-year history since being launched into the River Nar in the Friars. There will be artefacts illustrating the progress of the restoration programme over the past six years.

The DVD of the film The Lady in the Van is now out but the film is being shown next Friday at Hilgay Village Hall, doors opening at 7pm, and the show starting at 7.30pm.

Lastly, don’t forget the King’s Lynn Fiction Festival from tonight until Sunday afternoon, fascinating no doubt, for all those of a literary disposition. Lynn Town Hall is the venue. Full details have been featured in the Lynn News, but if you need to catch up with the programme of events then take a look at