Turnstone, by John Maiden, March 15, 2016


Following the recent sad news of magnificent whales dying on our coast, tutor and writer Sue Burge will be returning to Hunstanton on Wednesday, April 6, to offer some help for aspiring writers with an interest in “Telling Fishy Tales”.

The day of fiction and poetry with a nautical theme will be held in the town hall council chamber, above the TIC from 10am to 4pm. All levels will be welcome on a day 
supported by Hunstanton 
and District Festival of Arts. The fee is £16 and to book 
contact Christine Earnshaw 
at 2chrisearnshaw@gmail.com or telephone 01485 533367.

For those interested in a longer course, including homework with regular feedback, Sue will be offering six Wednesday mornings starting on June 1, but excluding June 22, from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Hunstanton Heritage Centre, 15 The Green. The fee for this course is £52 and to book contact Sue at skburge@outlook.com or visit www.sueburge.uk for more details of this exciting creative writing course.

While on the subject of writing, Edward Wheatley is to be congratulated for hitting the nail on the head in a letter published in the Lynn News on March 8, in which he pointed out that the Coastal Community Team’s plans for the future of Hunstanton fail to represent local public opinion. If it is any consolation to Edward, I have already raised this matter with our MP and will bring it to the attention of the Minister for Coastal Communities, Mark Francois, when Sir Henry arranges a meeting with him in the very near future.

Before my critics start composing letters to the Lynn News asking me who I will be representing at this meeting, let me draw attention to the comments of visitors to the Heritage Centre, most of whom want to know why the inhabitants of Hunstanton allowed their town to be robbed of assets that were greatly appreciated by locals and visitors alike.

In addition to this sounding board, I also listen very carefully to the feedback from those members of Hunstanton & District Civic Society who regularly attend our monthly meetings in the Town Hall on the third Wednesday of every month from September through to May.

This brings me to a brief look back to the excellent illustrated talk given by Brian Holmes last month, in which he described how Boulton & Paul grew from humble beginnings to be “An Engineering Giant” producing just about everything from wire netting and window frames to complete buildings and several famous aircraft. Brian served an apprenticeship at “Boulton Paul Aircraft”, learning the engineering skills that enabled him to build a full size model aircraft in later years, which is currently on display in the Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum at Flixton.

Tomorrow evening’s talk goes much further back in time, because David Loughlin’s topic will be “Pyramids and Ancient Stones”. The meeting starts at 7.30pm. Admission costs £1 for members; £3 non members; and includes light refreshments at the interval.