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Exhibition opens a window on the past

Anyone wanting a look back at North Walsham through the years should head to The Atrium, where the North Walsham & District Community Archive group will be displaying a selection of old photographs.
The new exhibition will feature a host of recently discovered photographs collected as a result of the archive group’s highly successful Facebook group which now boasts more than 5,000 members.
Organisers said this success had enabled the group to access to the extensive collections of local photographer Fred Mace, the archives of the North Walsham Historical Society and collections from renowned historians as well as many private collections.
Central to this year’s exhibition, by popular request, the exhibition will focus on industries in the town, including organisations most people have worked at, or know others who have worked at, such as the Steam Laundry, the Canning Factory, Crane Fruehauf and the Cottage Hospital, as well as pubs and shops.
Barry Holden will be presenting his very popular collection of “Then and Now” photos, where he revisits the spots where the originals were taken to re-photograph them today and display them side by side.
The archive group is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers with the aim of collecting the town’s history and making it available for everybody. It does this via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthWalshamArchive/ and its website at: http://www.northwalshamarchive.co.uk/
Entry is by a £1 donation and the exhibition is being held over three days between August 17 and August 19. The gallery is open between 10am and 4pm.

 

Fairy story gets a new twist in the park

Lost children, wicked witches and houses made of sweets will be in North Walsham Memorial Park in August.
Expect catchy songs, larger than life characters and a plot with a twist as New Stages will present a new adaptation of the classic fairy story Hansel and Gretel, written by show director Joseph Ballard.
Joseph said: “Hansel and Gretel is a great story and we’ve given it a bit of a twist to present some family theatre for free in the park.
“It’s great to be able to inspire the local area with live theatre through our regular classes and our performances in town and I hope the community will come and support us.”
Actors will be accompanied by members of North Norfolk Youth Theatre, who will play some of the children who have been captured by the greedy witch. Andrew Burrell, 12, and Megan Howlett, 17, who both live in North Walsham, will play the title characters.
North Walsham Town Council has also supported the project to bring free theatre alive in the summer holidays.
The show will take place on Wednesday, August 9, at 2pm and 6pm in the park. Audiences are advised to bring seating or blankets and a picnic – just don’t eat the children!
You can also see Hansel and Gretel at Worsted Festival on July 29 and 30 in the display ring.
New Stages are also presenting the North Norfolk Youth Theatre Summer School for 8-17 year olds on August 21-23 and 26 in North Walsham. Some places are still available and you can find more information on their website – www.new-stages.co.uk.
 

 

North Walsham Road closure cancelled

The  B1150 North Walsham Road will not be closing overnight tonight (Friday, July 21), after the early completion of surfacing at the new Norwich Northern Distributor Road roundabout.
The road will not have any traffic management in place over the weekend, but temporary  lights will be in use as needed from Monday, July 24, for work on verges, traffic islands, paths and signs.
During peak hours the lights will be manually controlled, but as work progresses they will mainly be used outside the busiest periods.

Bringing the Bard to the people of North Walsham – by bike

A pedal-powered theatre company is bringing a novel production of a Shakespeare comedy to a Norfolk college – by bicycle.

The Handlebards touring drama group has taken the classic plays of England’s most famous writer to two countries and three continents since it was set up on a shoestring four years ago.

A four-strong female cast will perform As You Like It in the grounds of Paston Sixth Form College (Lawns site) at North Walsham on Friday June 9 – in a picnic-style show organised by the Sheringham Little Theatre.

The plays are billed as energetic, chaotic, full of laughter, and featuring lots of costume changes and cross-dressing for the single sex cast.

Hand-crafted Pashley bikes are used in the show, and – with trailers – to provide sustainable transport for the show’s set, props and costumes as well as cast.

The Handlebards aim to take Shakespeare to communities in a eco-friendly, accessible way. They have also promoted British culture on tour in Africa and Asia.

As You Like It will tell the story of lovers Rosalind and Orlando who have been forced into exile in the Forest of Arden and find themselves entangled in a game of love, lust and mistaken identity.

Little Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “Our theatre has close links with Paston College, especially its drama department, and we are delighted to be able to link up with the college again to stage this novel outdoor Shakespeare production, which should be fun for students and local families alike.”

Doors open at 6pm, with audience members encouraged to pack a picnic and chairs – but to bring ponchos and raincoats, not umbrellas, in case the weather is wet. The show runs from 7pm to 9pm.

For tickets (£12, students £6) and more information contact the Little Theatre box office on 01263 822347 or visit www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

The HandleBards taking Shakespeare on tour – with pedal power. Picture: Rah Petherbridge

Half-term fun outside and in

A host of children’s activities will be on offer at Cromer, North Walsham and Stalham community sports centres over the forthcoming May half-term.

The sessions offer youngsters aged between four and 12 the chance to take part in football fun days, shooting, skating and street-dancing, as well as summer sports days and multi-sports events.

The events will take place between Tuesday, May 30, and Friday, June 2, at the North Norfolk District Council-managed centres.

As well as these activities, there are countryside events taking place in Holt Country Park and Sadler’s Wood, North Walsham. The fun on offer includes shelter-building, a look at amphibians, reptiles and lizards and the chance to build and launch a water rocket.

All-day activities are priced at £10 while shorter sessions are priced between £2 and £3.50. To make things easier for parents, there is the added option of arranging early drop-offs and late pick-ups for just £2 at some of the events.

Maggie Prior, cabinet member for leisure, health and wellbeing, said: “These sessions offer great fun for children while keeping them busy and healthy.”

To download a brochure with more details, visit www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/sports

To book the sports-centre events, visit www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/book. Booking is not required for the countryside events at Holt Country Park and Sadler’s Wood, but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. For further details of these activities, email anne-marie.gedge@north-norfolk.gov.uk or call 07920 576634.

Man jailed for 10 years following North Walsham hit and run

A man has been jailed after a hit and run in North Walsham last year which left the victim with serious leg injuries.

Darren Blackmore, aged 43 and of Laburnum Close in Wymondham, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent at an earlier hearing and was sentenced to 10 years in prison at Norwich Crown Court today (Friday 5 May).

Blackmore was driving a Peugeot 307 when he deliberately drove at a 30-year-old man as he was walking with two male friends through the Vicarage Car Park at 12.55am on Saturday 23 July 2016.

CCTV footage released by detectives following the incident showed the victim being knocked into the air and up to 15 feet from point of contact. The vehicle was then driven around the car park before a second attempt is made to drive towards the victim.

The court heard how Blackmore had travelled to North Walsham earlier that evening after being called by a friend who told him that they had been mugged.

Blackmore wrongly identified three men who he believed to have committed the alleged crime as they walked through the Vicarage Car Park and it was at that point that Blackmore drove at speed into the car park and straight at the victim, knocking him into the air.

The victim suffered a broken pelvis and serious leg injuries.

Detective Inspector Matt Dyson said: “This was a shocking crime which has had a significant impact on the victim and could have had potentially fatal consequences.

“The very serious deliberate act was most likely due to a relatively minor matter earlier the evening before, a matter that the victim and his friends had no part in. We thank the press and public for the positive response in relation to the initial press release and we hope that the sentencing provides some comfort for the victim.”

14 year old girl scores high in refereeing

A 14 year old girl from North Walsham is set to take charge of both boys and girls football matches in the county after she passed her level 8 youth football referee exams with the highest score of any candidate in Norfolk.

Gracie East, a student at North Walsham High School, was the youngest candidate taking the exams, and achieved a score of 38 out of 42.

She is already booked up to referee youth games on both Saturdays and Sundays for the next few weeks, with her first game in charge an Under 10s Boys match. When she is 16, she will be able to take charge of any age-group game, but until then she is restricted to refereeing teams younger than herself.

Gracie is a member of the Norfolk FA Youth Council and is the Female Participation Support lead. A keen footballer herself, she became interested in refereeing around a year ago.

“I love football, but girls football is not yet that big in the county,” said Gracie. “Refereeing gives me the chance to be involved in both the boys and girls games.”

Gracie is not afraid of taking charge of boys games, saying, “As soon as you blow the whistle, you show them who is in charge of the game. I know what I’m there to do, and I know the rules. You do have to be quite strong, and not take any nonsense.

“I like the pressure you get as a referee. You know it’s your game – I like being in charge.”

Gracie hopes to follow a career in football.

It’s all quiet for North Walsham pub plans

Ssshh, there are plans for a new micropub in North Walsham.

The concept for the former taxi office at 2 Market Place shuns all forms of electronic entertainment with the idea to “keep it simple”.

The application to North Norfolk District Council is for a change of use of the empty building to drinking establishment.

The micropub will sell cask ale on gravity from the barrel, also real cider and limited bottled beer, mostly speciality foreign beers, plus serve traditional pub snacks.

There will be no TV, fruit machines or recorded music and as such little noise, other than conversation. The plan is to steer clear of lager and alcopops and also not brew beer on site.

The application sates: “The Market Street Tap will be a throwback to the traditional ale houses of the mid-19th century. It will be a single room micropub with limited space (room for approximately 25-30 people) and limited opening hours.”

The business will be based primarily on three core themes – local cask ales served straight from cask to glass; traditional snacks such as pork pies, scotch eggs, crisps and cheeses sourced from local artisan businesses; conversation between locals and tourists alike.

It is not intended that there will be any structural changes to the property, inside or out, other than hanging pictures on the walls

The application says: “A micropub is a small freehouse which listens to its customers, mainly serves cask ales and promotes the art of conversation.”

The first micropub opened in 2005 in Herne Bay, Kent and since then the concept has gone from strength to strength.

There are currently more than 280 micropubs listed with the Micropub Association and news of further openings continues to buck the recent trend of pub closures.