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Hares trail heads for North Norfolk

North Norfolk will play host to two of the Moongazer Hares planned for a countywide trail next year in aid of the charity Break.

The decision to support the charity was made at a meeting of North Norfolk District Council’s cabinet.

Break is 50 in 2018. Following the successful GoGoGorillas in 2013 and GoGoDragons in 2015, the charity has devised a new sculpture trail for 2018.

In addition to a Norwich trail of Hare sculptures called GoGoHares, Break is for the first time establishing a countywide Moongazer Trail. Sponsors are being sought for the event, which will start on June 24 and run until September 8.

NNDC has agreed to sponsor two hares and set aside £15,000 to cover the project.

It is believed the most suitable locations for the NNDC Moongazer Hares are likely to be Holt Country Park and Bacton Woods.

Nigel Dixon, NNDC cabinet member for economic development and tourism, said: “The advantages are multiple – generating funds for a charity which has long and historic links with North Norfolk, attracting large numbers of visitors to the locations where the hares are sited and benefiting local businesses.”

Maggie Prior, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “This is an incredibly exciting project for the whole county from a cultural point of view, appealing to families and people of all ages. “We would love to see a hotspot of several hares created in North Norfolk, with ‘our’ two being just part of a greater number in the district.”

There will be an app for each trail and a map available to download. There will be a reward for completing the entire trail – each plinth will have a 4-digit code to collect. All of the city trail hares will have their ears pointing upwards, whereas all of the county trail hares will be looking up to the sky – or gazing up at the moon – with their ears flat against their backs.

Help support Norfolk coast charity walker

Here’s a chap to look out for when you are out and about on the coast.

Alex Ellis-Roswell is walking 100 miles down the Norfolk coast to raise money for the six RNLI lifeboat stations in the area. He started walking round the 9,500-mile coast of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Isle of Man on August 3, with the aim to raise £10 for every mile he walks. He has raised around £60,000 for RNLI lifeboats.

He said: “If you see me walking over the next few weeks please donate/ beep/ wave/ thumbs up/ tea. And if you can offer somewhere dry and warm to sleep at night, please comment or message,” he said.

You can follow Alex walking in Norfolk on his Facebook profile: www.facebook.com/alexellisroswell and donate to RNLI here www.bt.com/DonateToLifeboats.

Inspired collection by local photographer goes on show in Cromer

North Norfolk District Council’s public art gallery is showing work by local photographer Paul Macro.

The Inspired by Norfolk exhibition highlights the sights of the Norfolk coast with its dark winter skies, rough seas and fiery sunsets.

“The sights, sounds and smells of the Norfolk coast are woven into my soul and my happy childhood is a bright tapestry of memories,” Paul said. “I’m a Norfolk man, born and brought up in Norwich, and seaside holidays at Burnham Overy Staithe played an important part in my childhood.

“Several times a year, at all times of the year, my family spent holidays and weekends in our caravan, where the beauty of Norfolk’s unspoiled beaches and wide skies provided the backdrop to our other world, where there was peace and contentment and sibling harmony.

“My passion for Norfolk’s dark winter skies and rough seas, fiery sunsets and tough, wind-slapped greenery was born from an early exposure to these beauties – before I knew they were beautiful.”

Paul is proud that his work has helped local charities, and he has received orders for his charity calendars from every continent. The RNLI, Nelson’s Journey, Break and Red Balloon are amongst the charities that have benefited from his support.

“My life has been shaped by the landscape and the people of Norfolk and this is my way of giving a little bit back,” he said.

Maggie Prior, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “This is another fantastic display, and it’s lovely to see our exhibition space being used for such wonderful work. Paul brilliantly combines his natural skill and the wonderful Norfolk landscapes in his work.”

The exhibition runs until September 13 at the NNDC offices gallery in Holt Road, Cromer. The 1st Floor Gallery is open to the public 8.30am-5pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; at 10am-5pm on Wednesdays; and at 8.30am-4.30pm on Fridays.

Any inquiries about the pictures, which are for sale, should be made to Paul through his website at www.paulmacrolandscapes.com, via info@paulmacro.com or by calling 07727 644092.

Get ready to rock out at Bodham

They’re all ready to rock in Bodham as its charity music festival gets under way at the weekend.

Rock Bodham will be held at the village playing field on Saturday, July 22, and the village’s Red Hart pub on Sunday 23rd.

Britpop covers band The Stereotypes, local bands Generals and Soul Alliance are among the bands to have been confirmed alongside DJ’s Naughty Daughty and 2016 Sheringham battle of the bands winner Liberty Popey. The headline acts are Bloodshake Chorus on the Saturday and, on Sunday, Red Leaf.

Festival secretary Callum Ringer said of this year’s line-up: “Bloodshake Chorus played for us last year, in the middle of the afternoon, and went down really well it was a no brainer to ask them back, and to put them higher up the bill.  We are also looking forward to welcoming back Soul Alliance, and Generals from previous years, but we also have some new acts, and I’m really excited for Knotted, The Stereotypes and The Dulcet Tones.”

On Saturday, alongside the live music which starts from 1.30pm, there will be a children’s entertainment, stalls and fete games, bouncy castle and circus skills for the afternoon.  There will be a licenced bar and barbecue all day and into the evening as well as a raffle on both days. The event gave away more than £3,000 last year to a range of local charities and has given away more than £15,000 since its inception in 2012.

The event organisers have put out a plea for more volunteers for the weekend.  Callum said: “To be able to make as much money as possible, we really need as many people to help as possible. We have stalls and games ready to go but they won’t run themselves.”

Tickets for Saturday are £5 for adults and £1 for under 12s.  Under threes free. it’s free entry to Bodham Red Hart on Sunday, donations taken on the day.

Cool customers needed for Norfolk competition

Electrical retailer JB Postle has a cool competition with a Norfolk theme this summer.
They want people to make use of their artistic skills to create a wrap-around design on a Smeg fridge. The only criteria is that the design has to be Norfolk linked hence #FabNorfolk as the competition title!
Nikki Filby said: “The design #FabNorfolk could be anything people associate with our lovely county, maybe Cromer Pier, the crabbing industry, the lovely landscape, the seaside, our iconic buildings in the city or just simply a chance to promote your Norfolk Charity, Business or Organisation”
The competition, which runs now until September, has two winning categories – an individual entry and one for organisations. The group category could mean a business, charity or sports organisation and you can enter as many times as they wish!
The individual winner will receive a bespoke day or night out in Norfolk for four people worth at least £200 and will depend on the interest and age of the individual winner! It could be anything from a trip to the zoo or a night out on the town! Whatever you choose, you are guaranteed to have fun in our home county!
The group design chosen will receive £200 to donate to a local Norfolk charity of their choice, so if you want to raise money for an important cause, get your thinking hat on!
“We wanted a way to engage with the community and celebrate our wonderful county so we thought this would be a great way to find out what Norfolk means to people whether they live here or are visiting” said Nikki.
JB Postle have a Smeg blackboard fridge which has been touring JB Postle’s local branches in Aylsham, Cromer, Sheringham and North Walsham and has even been seen on Cromer Pier. The team will be taking the fridge to Worstead Festival on July 29 and 30 where there will be some surprises on the day and a chance to take part in the competition.
Nikki said any business which might like to have the fridge to visit them should get in touch to give staff the chance to get artistic with chalk pens.
The competition was launched on Cromer Pier and entries have now started to come in.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing what people come up with,” said Nikki. “Look out on social media for news!” You can follow each of the JB Postle branches on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching @JBPostle
Call the Cromer store on 01263 512134 to find out more about hosting the Smeg blackboard fridge and if you would like to volunteer as a competition judge, call Nikki on 01263 735326.

Coastal festival gives groups a big boost

The Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival has handed over grants totaling £5,080 to local charities and organisations.
The money, raised from the sale of more than 100 decorated beach huts at last year’s festival auction, was distributed between 25 groups.
Representatives from each organisation were joined by members of the festival’s committee at a presentation on January 29 at The Constantia in East Runton.
Festival chairman Tony Shipp opened the presentation by thanking all those who had helped make the festival and auction in 2016 such a success.
The organisations who received grants from the scheme were: The Cromer Mardlers, Sheringham in Bloom, Back to the Drawing Board, Sing Your Heart Out, Ladybird Pre-School, Playing for Cake, Love for Leo, Sheringham Museum, Banningham Defibrillator Fund, Cromer Christmas Lights Volunteers, 1st Cromer Sea Scouts, Friends of North Lodge Park, Cromer RNLI, Waveney Stardust Trust, National Coastwatch Institution – East Runton, Cromer Academy, Cromer Exhibition Foundation, Sheringham Woodfields School, Cromer Carnival Security Team, Sheringham Playpark Revamp, Roughton Under 5s Playgroup, Cromer Girl Guiding, Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society and Cromer and District Garden Society.
On receiving their grant, 1st Cromer Sea Scouts said: “This grant will help us enormously towards the much-needed refurbishment of our very dilapidated Scout HQ kitchen. We’ve been raising funds towards this for a few years and we have at last almost reached our goal.”
Many of the projects which were successful will be working will local children including 1st Cromer Sea Scouts (funding to refurbish the hall), Sheringham Woodfields School (funding to introduce sensory lighting), Cromer Girl Guiding (funding for hall maintenance) and the Cromer & District Garden Society (funding their annual Schools Garden Competition).
Tony said: “We are delighted that so many local community groups will benefit from the grants.”
The festival will be announcing details of their annual art trail for 2017 in the coming weeks. The 2017 festival will run 20-21 May 20-21.  Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Please contact enquiries@crabandlobsterfestival.co.uk.

 

 

 

Picture by Dave (Hubba) Roberts

Here come the Sheringham Vikings

Sheringham’s  popular Viking Festival will be back to create mayhem in the town in February.

The festival will take place on Saturday, February 18, with a a shield making workshop at Oddfellows Hall on Saturday, February 11, from 11am onwards. The event on the 11th will include putting the final touches to the Longboat under the expert guidance of local artist Colin Seal.

He said: “I find it very rewarding to see young people of our community getting involved in projects such as this where they can be appreciated for what they can do.”

Colin needs about 20 shields to be made and decorated to be fixed to the vessel and is very keen to have these sponsored as well as sponsorship for the naming of the ship.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a shield, only to watch it razed from this world and sent to the next in a ball of fire, can contact Colin on 01263 823261 or 07879 681227 for details.

The main event takes place on the 18th when mayhem will ensue on the streets of Sheringham. There will be pitched battles taking place throughout the town, a beacon lit on the Leas and a video film pertaining to the Vikings shown at the Mo throughout the day.

The parade will commence at Ottendorf Green at about 6pm culminating in the burning of the ship in true Viking style on the beach at Ellie’s Café on the west promenade.

A flashback to last year’s event, picture by Chris Taylor Photo.

 

Tourism boost for North Norfolk’s economy

North Norfolk’s popularity as a tourist destination is booming with day trippers and people enjoying ‘staycations’ boosting the region’s economy. That’s the verdict from the latest tourism report.

The Destination Research report on the Economic Impact of Tourism for 2015 released this month shows that in North Norfolk more than 10,000 people are employed in tourism related roles (either part-time or full-time) and that tourism is worth more than £484m to the area annually.

That figure has been growing year on year according to previous annual reports, from £415m in 2012, £434m in 2013 and £470m in 2014. This equates to more than a 16% increase across four years. During that same time period, the number of full time equivalent jobs in the sector has increased from 6,550 to 7,831, a rise of nearly 20%.

With more people visiting the area the sector supports local shops, pubs, cafes and transport services, bringing income to suppliers and producers and fuelling the wider north Norfolk economy.

The report highlights that in 2015 there were 7,950,700 trips to North Norfolk with 7,392,000 day trips and 558,700 staying trips (2,383,000 staying nights).

The report estimates that the value of overnight trips is more than £139m with day trippers spending more than £259m.

North Norfolk District Council spends money on key coastal and countryside tourist attractions and facilities including:

  • Four Blue Flag Beaches at Cromer, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Sheringham
  • Two Seaside Award beaches at East Runton and Wells
  • Council owned assets such as Cromer Pier and Holt Country Park, the latter boasting one of three Green Flags across the district
  • 27 car parks  – 17 at beach or visitor attraction locations
  • Public toilets

Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: “North Norfolk is a stunning area and personally I believe it’s simply the best part of England. We’ve got spectacular beaches, areas of outstanding natural beauty both coastal and inland, and some absolutely fantastic towns and villages for people to enjoy. We recognise the importance of tourism to the district’s economy and it is essential to ensure north Norfolk continues to attract people and welcome them back time and time again.”

Kayla Dunne, brand manager of Visit North Norfolk, said: “Our marketing campaign this year, Nip to North Norfolk, focused on how to enjoy the unique attributes of the north Norfolk coast and countryside, such as big skies, beaches and the Broads National Park, through a series of ‘how to’ films.

“Our campaign has reached a wide audience through TV adverts, radio promotion, PR and a social media campaign, which carries on throughout the winter and spring months, encouraging people to visit the area.”

North Norfolk District Council has supported Visit North Norfolk’s 2016 Nip To North Norfolk Campaign to attract more people to the area to enjoy all the pleasures of the English coast – for example how to build a sandcastle, how to catch a crab and how to spot clouds.

And there is a chance for tourism businesses to learn more about the future of north Norfolk tourism on September 28 at a Visit North Norfolk member networking event. Potential new members are welcome at the event on Wednesday, September 28, from 5-7pm, at Woodland Holiday Park, Trimingham.

Speakers will be Cllr Nigel Dixon, North Norfolk District Council’s Cabinet member for Economic Development and Tourism; Andrew Hird, Chairman of Visit North Norfolk; Kayla Dunne, Brand Manager of Visit North Norfolk; and Pete Waters, Executive Director of Visit East Anglia.

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