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Art prize renamed in honour of film legend

Holt Festival is paying tribute to actor Sir John Hurt by renaming the art prize competition in his honour. And the Sir John Hurt Art Prize is now open for entries.
The honour has been made to celebrate the screen and stage acting legend, who, before his sad death in January had been a great enthusiast for the prize. He served on the panel of judges and presented the award to the winning entry as often as acting commitments allowed.
The Sir John Hurt Art Prize is open to artists everywhere. In previous years there have been entries by artists from all over the UK. There is a cash prize of £1,500 for the winner and in addition the winning artwork will be exhibited at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in the autumn.
All types of visual art are welcome but entries must be submitted before the deadline of midnight on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Judges will select a shortlist of 25-30 that will be exhibited at the Auden Theatre, Holt from July 23-30. The winner will be announced at a private view on the evening of July 23.

The exhibition is part of the Holt Festival Art Trail that also takes in many other galleries and exhibition spaces around the town.
Last year’s competition once again attracted an extremely high standard of entries with Norfolk artist Lara Cobden winning with her painting The Enchanted Garden, unanimously selected from almost 200 entries.
Alongside his amazing acting career the late Sir John Hurt was a gifted painter. At the age of 17 he attended The Grimsby Art School (now the East Coast School of Art and Design) and in 1959, he won a scholarship to Saint Martin’s School of Art (now Central St Martin’s) in London. He continued to paint throughout his life. He was also passionately interested in encouraging others, in recent years becoming Chancellor of Norwich University of The Arts.
Holt Festival Art Prize organiser and international art appraiser James Glennie said: “Holt Festival was keen to acknowledge the support and friendship Sir John offered the festival. It seemed an obvious move to rename the art prize in his honour.”
This year’s judges are well-known modern and contemporary British art specialist Robert Upstone, who spent 23 years as a senior Tate curator, Amanda Geitner, director of The East Anglia Art Fund, and Sainsbury Centre acting deputy director and head of collections Calvin Winner.
Entry forms can be downloaded from www.holtfestival.org <http://www.holtfestival.org>  http://www.holtfestival.org/whats-on/arts-prize/ <http://www.holtfestival.org/whats-on/arts-prize/>

Sir John Hurt is pictured here presenting the Holt Festival art award in 2014 to winner Francesca Perkins.

REVIEW: Running Wild is ‘a feast for eyes, ears and emotions’

The Children’s Touring Partnership took to the stage in Norwich last night with Running Wild, an adaption by Samuel Adamson of the Michael Morpurgo book of the same name.
This was a feast for the eyes, ears and emotions. Laughter, sadness and at times fear are felt through the scary rainforest adventure of of nine-year-old Lilly. The story has a serious message of both animal conservation and relationships and love, between humans and animals – elephant Oona, who is puppeteered by four people,  orangutans, a tiger, a crocodile and rainforest birds.
The audience is totally immersed into the sights and sounds of the Indonesian rainforest. The clever set design and lighting along with the sound effects add to the experience. The physical theatre skills of all the puppeteers was pure genius. You literally watch them breathe life into the puppets… they actually come to life before your eyes. I became so invested that I no longer saw the puppeteers.

The movements, motion and animal sounds are created by the cast and you just know that they must have spent hours watching and researching real animals in order to recreate and mimic.

A special mention must go to 12-year-old Annika Whiston, who played the lead role of Lilly and rarely left the stage. She portrayed the role beautifully and with great maturity. Every emotion and relationship she had I felt, bringing me to tears, more than once, much to my own daughter’s horror.

Morpurgo was inspired to write this modern-day Jungle Book by the real-life story of Amber Owen, who was on holiday in Phuket with her mother and stepfather in 2004, and enjoying an elephant ride on the beach when the Boxing Day tsunami hit.  The elephant ran inland and saved her life. When the author read of Amber’s story, he said it was “the one bit of hope amid the destruction”.

The production will be working during the tour to support the Born Free Foundation’s global elephant conservation projects.

There has been great take up by schools with a number of performances throughout the day times but it is most definitely not just for children.
There are still tickets available, if you have not seen it then I urge you to make the time. I promise you will not be disappointed. It will make you laugh and possible cry but most of all it will make you think.

A must-see piece of theatre.

 

Running Wild is on until April 29. Wed, Fri and Sat 7.30pm, Wed & Sat 2.30pm, Thur 11am. Tickets £7-£21.  BOX OFFICE 01603 630000.  www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

 

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Pictures: Dan Tsantilis

Employers encouraged to shape next generation in North Norfolk

Employers will be given the opportunity to help youngsters increase their understanding of the world of work via a series of events organised by North Norfolk District Council.

Held in partnership with the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network, they will crteate an opportunity for employers to meet staff from the district’s schools and colleges.

The events – which are free – will explain to businesses how to become an Enterprise Adviser, promote and highlight the benefits for businesses that work with young people, and build on the skills and enthusiasm of North Norfolk’s young people.

Businesses that want to find out how to prepare and shape the next generation of employees and entrepreneurs can book a place and then head along to The Atrium in North Walsham tomorrow (April 25), Cromer Academy on Wednesday (April 26) or Fakenham Academy on Thursday (April 27). All three events are at 4.30pm-6pm, and refreshments will be provided.

There will be the opportunity to network with businesses that are already working with schools in North Norfolk, and learn about the activities that businesses can deliver. These range from work experience and workplace visits – which will suit larger businesses – to mock interviews, mentoring and talks, which any business can offer, including small businesses and the self-employed.

Enterprise Advisers are volunteers who use their strategic knowledge and experience to help senior staff in schools draw up a careers delivery plan for students aged 11-18.

To find out more or to book a place, please contact the Economic Growth Team at economic.growth@north-norfolk.gov.uk or on 01263 5166009.

DJ Sara Cox joins the race on Ladies’ Night

Radio 2 and BBC TV presenter Sara Cox, a keen amateur horse rider as well as a professional DJ, is hosting a night of music at the seaside course’s July 19, Ladies’ Night.

Racecourse executive director Glenn Tubby said: “Ladies’ Night is always a special event in our summer calendar but Sara’s dance music will really be the icing on the cake. We are hoping fans of 80s music will turn out in force to enjoy their favourite sounds after an evening of racing action.”

Sara, a farmer’s daughter from Bolton, is well known for her festival DJ-ing as well as for her Sounds of the 80s show on BBC Radio 2 and also now for her live 24-hour danceathon which raised more than £800,000 for Comic Relief in March.

But she is also an equestrian sports fan. Sara has ridden in charity races at Goodwood and beat top jockey Frankie Dettori – a regular rider at Great Yarmouth – in a training ride ahead of the QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot.

Sara took part in a fun showjumping competition, Only Fools on Horses, for BBC Sport Relief in 2006. Now fully recovered, four years ago she broke a collar bone in a riding accident.

At Great Yarmouth Racecourse she will DJ after an evening of flat racing and play a set featuring dance-driven music ranging from the 80s up to today’s chart hits.

Sara said: “I’m really looking forward to my visit to Great Yarmouth racecourse. I’ll hopefully get to see some magnificent race horses before getting the Ladies’ Night crowd dancing with tracks from some of my favourite bands and artists from the 80s. Who doesn’t like 80s music? It was the soundtrack to my generation, with classic songs from music legends.”

Tickets and packages (£16-£34, with group discounts for 15 or more) and information available at www.greatyarmouth-racecourse.co.uk or call 01493 842527.

Royal visit for Holt Hall

HRH The Duke of Kent visited Holt Hall to find out about its work and tour the grounds.
He was met by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk, Lady Romney and Norfolk Constabulary Chief Superintendent Nick Davison.
At the centre, which is run by Norfolk County Council-owned Educator Solutions, His Royal Highness met chairman of Norfolk County Council David Collis, chairman of North Norfolk District Council, John Lee, and Holt Hall staff members.
During his visit, His Royal Highness toured Holt Hall grounds and historic hall, including the woodlands, Victorian walled garden and rear lawns, meeting staff members and centre visitors, including children and teachers from Holt Primary and Wensum Junior.
Speaking about the visit, Mike Roper, who is head of outdoor centres for Educator Solutions, said he and his team had been very much looking forward to the visit. He said: “I am absolutely thrilled that The Duke is visiting us. It is a great honour for Holt Hall and my team are very excited. We are all getting ready to welcome him to this beautiful hall and grounds which is visited by many children from across Norfolk and the UK each year.”
Holt Hall is set in 75 acres of ancient woodland, lawns, lakes and gardens close to the North Norfolk coast. It provides high quality residential and day visit experiences in North Norfolk for schools, colleges and universities from around the UK. Teaching and learning is aligned to the new curriculum (KS1 to A-Level), and aims to develop pupils’ knowledge, skills and confidence.

For more information visit www.holthall.org.uk

Pictures: Photographers’ Gallery, Holt

Six months in and they still mean business

Norfolk business support organisation, Genix will celebrate six months of hosting its monthly business networking event, Coffee Means Business, in March.

Held at various locations across North Norfolk the event was established in September 2016 and was commissioned by North Norfolk District Council. It attracts more than 30 businesses who network informally over coffee.

The next Coffee Means Business will take place on Friday, March 24,  on the first floor of The Prince of Wales Stand, Fakenham Racecourse, 9.30am-11.30am and the speakers will include Gin Wilson-North (pictured) of Walk and Glamp providing stress-free walking and glamping holidays around the whole coast of Norfolk.

Gary Parker, who hosts Coffee Means Business said, “We’re extremely pleased to be celebrating six months of Coffee Means Business, Norfolk.  The feedback we’ve had from attendees has been extremely positive, businesses appreciate meeting different people every month, and they enjoy the informality, friendliness and low cost which we’ve maintained at just £2 per person, with no membership or joining fees.”

Nigel Dixon, from North Norfolk District Council, said: “We’re extremely pleased to have commissioned Coffee Means Business as a way to support freelancers, self-employed, business owners and companies alike. It’s a great format to meet new business people, build professional relationships and expand your client base.”

Genix is a not-for-profit organisation which has been supporting businesses for more than 20 years with business skills masterclasses, advice and events.

For more details of Coffee Means Business go to www.genix.org.uk or phone 0800 096 3013.

New website to support care recruitment campaign

Norfolk County Council has launched a new website to support its Social Care Recruitment Campaign.
The purpose of the campaign is to encourage more people to work in social care across Norfolk by creating a central digital platform. The new website: www.norfolkcarecareers.co.uk will share stories and experiences from people working in the sector, answer any questions potential candidates may have and promote the opportunities available in Norfolk.

Norfolk has seen a growth in population, and with people living longer and those with disabilities more likely to survive to an older age, there is a bigger demand in homecare services.

To spread the word about how rewarding a career in caring can be, Norfolk County Council’s Recruitment and Retention Project Lead for the campaign, has teamed up with local care providers throughout Norfolk to promote working in the sector. Events will be taking place throughout March – details are posted on the new website: www.norfolkcarecareers.co.uk and on the campaign’s Twitter feed @NorfolkCareJobs and Facebook page, Norfolk Care Jobs.

Sarah Thompson, who runs Extra Care Home Services in North Walsham, is giving her full support to the campaign. “We have recently celebrated 10 years in delivering home care and it is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit people into the sector and I want to show people how rewarding a career in care can be,” she said.

Sarah nominated her deputy manager, Alex Marks (pictured), 20, for an award at the Norfolk Care Awards as she saw her potential. “Alex has a passion for doing what she does with us, her commitment shines through and her empathy for others.” Alex was the recipient of an award in the Rising Star category.

James Bullion, Norfolk County Council’s executive director of Adult Social Services said: “We must support the social care staff in their daily work, and promote good services. In these days of many negative headlines, promoting positive images of care work will help us to attract more people to fill our vacancies.

“This partnership working approach to develop the Norfolk Care Careers website will help to meet the needs of care recruitment for the challenges ahead.”

Norfolk County Council’s chair of the Adult Social Care Committee Bill Borrett said: “I am delighted that we are finding new ways to tackle recruitment issues in the care sector. The Norfolk Care Careers website is a great opportunity for signposting people to the right information and for advertising vacancies across Norfolk on behalf of our care providers.  I would urge people to visit the site to take advantage of the many events that are taking place across the county this month.”

Walk the walk and help cure Parkinson’s

People in Norfolk are being asked to pick up the pace against Parkinson’s this year at Walk for Parkinson’s – Blickling Estate on Saturday, May 13.
It is one of a series of walk events to be held across the UK for Parkinson’s UK during 2017.
Walk for Parkinson’s offers the opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in a fun and active day out, while helping the charity step ever closer to a cure.
There are a range of distances around the grounds of the estate on offer to suit everyone, including a 2.5-mile and 5.5-mile walk to choose from.
Last year, 114 people took part in the walk at Blickling Estate to raise an impressive £11,000 between them, and the charity hopes to boost the fundraising total even more this year.
Sky Sports presenter and champion of walking for Parkinson’s UK Dave Clark was diagnosed with the condition himself in 2011. Dave is encouraging as many people as possible to step up at the event.
He says: “In 2016 I completed my own 200-mile coast to coast walk for Parkinson’s UK. It was tough but the sense of achievement when I crossed the finish line was fantastic.
“I know not everyone can walk that far, which is why our Walk for Parkinson’s at Blickling Estate with a choice of distances, is perfect for everyone.
“This year is going to be our most ambitious yet for the Walk for Parkinson’s series. With every pound that we raise we get closer to a cure. So please join us at Blickling Estate and help us step closer to our goal of improving the lives of every person affected by Parkinson’s.”
The registration fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s. Everyone who registers will receive a free Parkinson’s UK T-shirt, fundraising pack and at the end of the walk, a finishers medal.
The charity is hoping to raise over £400,000 from the 32 events, so suggests walkers aim to raise at least £50.
All money raised from Walk for Parkinson’s – Blickling Estate will help Parkinson’s UK’s work to provide support and information for people affected by the condition and to help find better treatments, and ultimately a cure.
As well as walkers, the charity is on the lookout for volunteers to help register people at the start/finish area or to be a walk marshal at various points on the route during the day.
To find out more and to sign up to walk or volunteer visit: http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/walkblicklingestate, call 0207 963 9367 or email fundraising@parkinsons.org.uk.