Once again visitors enjoyed a cracking Heritage Open Day in Lynn on Sunday and, being in the thick of it, I appreciated the superb weather and seeing the town buzzing!
There was much to enjoy and I just wanted to leave the subject by praising Alison Gifford, the Civic Society and their partners for another successful event. Do contact the following email address if you wish to volunteer to help next year: firstname.lastname@example.org
I took advantage of a recent wet afternoon and saw the excellent film Anthropoid, telling the story of the assassination of the Nazi monster Reinhard Heydrich, sometimes referred to as The Butcher of Prague. The movie was well done and reminds me to mention the current book being read to discuss at the next meeting of the Waterstones Book Group. This is set in an England which WAS invaded by the Nazis during the Second World War and is entitled SS-GB by Len Deighton. It’s also an exciting murder mystery, so do get reading and come and have a chat about it over tea or coffee on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 19, at 4pm. Waterstones in Norfolk Street, King’s Lynn is the venue, but if you wish to join a reading club which is more convenient for you, I am sure your local library can help in locating one!
Now is the time of year when many new books are published and I understand copies of Edith Reeves’ new book, The Dark Side of King’s Lynn, can now be obtained at True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum and Lynn’s TIC for the modest sum of £5.
Over at True’s Yard Museum the new season of True’s Talks are about to start. Dr Paul Richards kicks the season off with a talk at 1pm on Thursday, September 29, about Lynn and the importance of King John (1216-2016). Tickets for the talks, which are held weekly on Thursdays, are free but booking is essential. They all start at 1pm and the series continues through to November 17. Contact the museum for details on 01553 770479 or visit its website.
And so to music. The King’s Lynn Sinfonia is presenting what sounds to me to be an excellent gala concert on the evening of Saturday, October 8, at 7.30pm. King’s Lynn Minster is the venue and tickets at the door are £7 and children under 16 go free. The glorious work to be performed is John Rutter’s Requiem and the conductor will be Michael Hankinson. Also taking part are King’s Lynn Minster Choir, director Adrian Richards, members of the West Norfolk Gilbert and Sullivan Society and guest performers the West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra, conductor Robert Galliard. Sounds as if the sounds will be amazing. For further information call on 0757 251 3512
Looking ahead a little further in time, the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra has a splendid new season coming up later in the year. Exciting works by Butterworth, Schumann, Nielsen, Wagner, Brahms, Moussogsky and even a favourite of mine, Anton Webern, are included. I hear that 100 free tickets for the under 18s will be available throughout the season so watch this space for more details.
Are you interested in a new pastime, hobby or interest? Well, there are many first class drama and operatic groups and societies in West Norfolk to join or support, whether it’s performing or backstage work you are interested in. I can name the KLODS, King’s Lynn Players, West Norfolk Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company, Watlington Players and Pocahontas Players for starters. There are also others in the area, so do get in touch with one near you if you wish to get involved.