Turnstone, by John Maiden, October 13

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It does not seem long ago since the Reverend Cuthbert Mather was showing audiences his slides on the history of Hunstanton, while Dyker Thew, a retired editor of the Lynn News, provided a lively and entertaining commentary. There are echoes of this double act whenever Brian Holmes delivers one of his PowerPoint presentations and I have the honour of adding a few words of my own.

Last Wednesday Brian and I gave an illustrated talk to members of Hunstanton & District Inner Wheel that was very well received. Afterwards, President Val Atterbury thanked us both and concluded by adding: “Long may you continue to provide information on Hunstanton’s rich heritage in this way.” She then handed over a very generous donation towards the running costs of the Heritage Centre at 15 The Green.

This is where students on Sue Burge’s ever popular creative writing courses have found inspiration from the scenes on the walls around them depicting Hunstanton through the ages. However, on Wednesday October 21 Sue is moving up to the Council Chamber, directly above the Tourist Information Centre in the town Hall; where, when it comes to writing about ‘The Winter Sea’, those signing up for her Day School are certain to be inspired by the stunning views across The Wash from this most excellent vantage point.

The course runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm and the fee is £16. The focus will be on the contrasts of the sea in winter with its mists; shipwrecks; ghostly howls; beachcombing; and winter walks along the shore. Suitable for all levels, poetry and fiction will be included in a Day School that is supported by Hunstanton and District Festival of Arts (HDFA). To book contact Christine Earnshaw on 01485 533367 or 2chrisearnshaw@gmail.com.

The HDFA is also hosting what promises to be a fascinating evening in the town hall tomorrow, October 14th from 7.30pm when Michael G Williamson will be talking about the work of author Anthony Trollope (1815-82) with the provocative title: “Going to bed with a good Trollope”. Michael is Chairman of the international Trollope Society and a regular visitor to Hunstanton in his capacity as chief adjudicator and organiser of the Festival of One Act Plays, staged at The Princess Theatre every summer.

This promises to be an evening of fun with a simple buffet with a glass or two of wine. Tickets costing £5 are still available from the Tourist Information Centre on 01485 532610.

The following day, Thursday 15th October, consultation will start on the latest heritage project for Hunstanton with a public, open meeting running from 5-8pm in The Golden Lion Hotel, next to the town hall. At this information session, the public will have the opportunity to hear from members of the design team who will introduce the scope of the project and explain in more detail how local people will be able to help by sharing their opinions, ideas and memories.

Perhaps someone will have the temerity to ask the design team to include a Victorian style pier in the bid for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund...