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Spotlight on great community projects

In his weekly That’s Entertainment column, Andy Tyler highlights some community projects...

It’s always great to hear of new community projects starting up, and readers may already have heard about the North Lynn ‘Beacon’ run by the North Lynn Methodist Church, based in Losinga Road. The Beacon consists of a cafe, currently open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10am-1pm, a food hub, open Wednesday and Fridays, noon to 2pm, with food items available at reduced cost, and community events lined up for the future. To learn more about the church services and coffee mornings and all that’s being offered why not pop into the cafe one morning for coffee, cake and a chat?

Another very well-worth community service is provided by Lynn Library, enabling members of our community access to information and advice about getting online, staying safe, and being able to confidently use services available online. To find out more about drop-in and bookable sessions contact 01553 762568 or visit the library and speak to a staff member- they’re always happy to help.

Opening of The Beacon project in North Lynn
Opening of The Beacon project in North Lynn

And so to literary matters. Don’t forget The King’s Lynn Poetry Festival starting today. The festival runs through until Sunday afternoon and the poetry readings and discussions are held at Lynn’s historic Town Hall. Tonight, at 7.30pm George Szirtes, Michael Hulse, and John Lucas start proceedings and several other fine poets, including Wendy Cope, will appear during the weekend. For all the details visit: lynnlitfests.com

There’s another literary festival to enjoy over in Downham which is currently taking place; WordFest, which is being held up to, and including, Sunday celebrates all things wordy, and best-selling author Heidi Swain will appear. The Festival, founded by Sarah Cox, has been made possible by broadband provider UPP and West Norfolk Borough Councillors. For details visit The WordFest Downham Market Facebook page, and tickets are available to buy at No.8 The Old Bookshop in Downham.

My book recommendation of the week is described as A Memoir of Love, Hate and Hope, and is the story of popular BBC Journalist and Presenter Clive Myrie. It’s entitled Everything is Everything and covers his fascinating life experiences, everywhere.

For all Poirot fans I recommend the new film starring Kenneth Branagh as the Belgian Sleuth in A Haunting in Venice, based on an Agatha Christie story: Halloween Party.

The plot, set in Venice, has plenty of unexpected twists and turns as the detective tries to solve mysterious murders, and decide what is real and what is supernatural. If you are happy with Branagh’s previous portrayals of Poirot you won’t be disappointed with the movie. I’m just glad my past visit to Venice wasn’t all that spooky.

It’s not necessary to go as far as Italy to enjoy some excellent artwork, just visit Lynn’s Fermoy Gallery and Shakespeare Barn where The Heads and Tails exhibition picturing people and other animals is on display until October 28. This splendid exhibition is open between 11am to 4pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. Entry is free. Visit contemporaryandcountry.com for details.

A welcome item of mail dropped through my letterbox recently, it being Westacre Theatre’s latest brochure detailing its varied and exciting Autumn and Winter programme. A production of The Last Motel on the evening of Saturday, September 30 given by Sheepish Productions, sounds intriguing. It’s described as ‘a psychological thriller with an environmental twist’. The show starts at 7.30pm; tickets may still be available, for details visit: www.westacretheatre.com further recommendations to follow.

Apparently the weather’s changing but if you still want to keep walking I notice The Friends of True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum are holding a Ghost Walk between 6 and 7pm on the evening of Tuesday, October 17. Tickets are £5 and can be booked by contacting: Mandy Pope on 01553 770479 or info@truesyard.co.uk booking closes on Friday, October 13. The walk is suitable for over 12s.

For opera fans I notice Donizetti’s L’elisir D’amore is presented live from The Royal Opera House on the evening of Thursday, October 5, starting at 7.15pm, with a matinee performance on Sunday, October 8, starting at 2pm. The performances will be shown at The Alive Corn Exchange Cinema.

More fine live classical music coming our way soon. The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra will perform Berlioz’s exciting and dramatic Symphonie Fantastique, directed by Steve Bingham, on the afternoon of Sunday, November 5 at Lynn’s Alive Corn Exchange. It’s an engaging programme, watch out for fireworks!

Lastly, if you haven’t already signed up for the free Freevee streaming service do so without delay, Neighbours is back!

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