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Welcome to our Amber Radio community page for local information and great events  in the City and around Norfolk and North Suffolk. Click on each box and then on each web page link to find the full details. If you’re organising a non-commercial or general community event, let us know so we can add it to this page and talk about it on Amber. Plus if you're running a not-for-profit group, let us know about that as well. Don't forget - it's free!
Have a browse through the sections to give you an idea of  what we're looking for, then:

Email details to : community@amber.radio. Please give us between two weeks and two months notice whenever you can, and, if possible, don't forget to include a website; Facebook address, or other contact details that we can publicise on this page for anyone wanting more information. 
Meanwhile, if you're heading out and about we hope this gives you some inspiration. But remember events can change - sometimes at the last minute - so check with the organisers before you go. 


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We have dated events below, but here you'll find general information which we hope might be of interest.  Also check out our Amber Directory 

BROADLAND/SOUTH NORFOLK BIG LITTER PICK (UNTIL MAY 31ST)

Broadland and South Norfolk are holding their Big Litter Pick.  It’s an annual campaign which runs until May 31st with both councils asking as many groups as possible to join in with keeping the area tidy. They can provide posters, advice, and equipment and collect the rubbish afterwards if needed. There are prizes as well.

If you’d like to help with the spring clean or if you’d like more details check out their website by clicking here:www.southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk/keeping-streets-clean/volunteer-litter-pick-area

BUBBLE RUSH AND PIER WALKS - RAISING FUNDS FOR "EACH"

How do you fancy taking part in a bubble rush or a Pier-to-Pier Walk to raise funds for EACH, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices?

The bubble rush is at the Norfolk Showground on May 26th where you can walk, jog, or even dance your way through a sea of foam with waves and cannons firing bubbles!

And there are two Pier-to-Pier walks – one is from Lowestoft to Southwold on May 11th, with entries by April 14th. The second is from Cromer to Gt Yarmouth on June 22nd with entries by May 12th.

 

Interested? Check out the bubble rush details by clicking here: https://www.each.org.uk/support-us/events/norwich-bubble-rush-2024/

 

For the Pier-to-Pier Walks, click here: https://www.each.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising-and-events/pier-2-pier-2024/

 

 

"DISTINGUISHED" MOTORCYCLING FOR CHARITY EVENT, CALL FOR RIDERS....(EVENT IS MAY 19TH)

It doesn’t have to be old, but if you have a classic style motorbike or scooter and you’re available on Sunday May 19th, then the Iceni Chapter of Norfolk Harley Owners Group  would love to hear from you.

There's a world-wide event called “The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride” where sponsored riders – men and women – dress to look dapper while riding their classic style motorbikes and scooters.

And the Harley Owners, with Lind Motorcycles, are organising one for Norfolk. They’ll be starting from the Mid-Norfolk Shooting Ground in Taverham and finishing at the Classic Vehicle Day at Stody Lodge, near Melton Constable.

It’s in support of men’s mental health and prostate cancer research. Last year in Norfolk 160 riders raised £19,700. Their target had been £3,000!

To register to take part, or to offer support, click here: www.gentlemansride.com

EAST ANGLIAN AIR AMBULANCE: VOLUNTEERS TO SUPPORT "TREK 24" EVENTS - (MAY 18TH AND/OR JUNE 23RD)

The East Anglian Air Ambulance are looking for volunteers - full or part day - to help out at their local Trek 24 walks. The first is in Suffolk on Saturday May 18th between Aldeburgh and Sotterley. The second is in Norfolk on Sunday June 23rd in the Holkham Hall and Wells area. You’re welcome to volunteer with friends and family.

If you’d like to help, or would like more details, click here for their website: www.eaaa.org.uk  or email: info@eaaa.org.uk 

*Trek 24 are fundraising events to walk 24 km or 24 miles. In Norfolk there’s also a 2.4-mile route for accompanied children

GUIDE DOG ASSOCIATION - "MAKING EVERY CUPPA COUNT" FUNDRAISER, APRIL 19TH

The Guide Dogs Association are encouraging people to organise a tea party, coffee morning or bake sale on Friday April 19th. It’s all part of their “Making Every Cuppa Count” fundraising campaign. If you’d like to be involved or would like more details check out the details by clicking here www.guidedogs.org.uk/cuppa


 

LOWESTOFT FIRST LIGHT SPONSORED BEACH WALK - HELPERS AND WALKERS. (EVENT IS JUNE 23RD)

As part of Lowestoft’s First Light Festival, there will be a five-mile sponsored beach walk on Sunday June 23rd. It’s between Kessingland and Lowestoft’s South Pier and is to tie in with the first light of the sun at 4.30am! The walk is to raise money for St Elizabeth East Coast Hospice who provide care and support for patients and families living with life-limiting illness.

If you’d like to take part or would like more details click here:  https://www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk/event/first-light-walk/

Meanwhile the organisers are also looking for volunteers to help on the day – from 3.30am to 9am. Roles include guide walkers, helping on the registration desk and handing out medals. Volunteers must be 14 or over, and if under 18, accompanied by an adult. Guide walkers must be able to accompany the group for the whole five-mile distance.

If you are interested in applying, you’re asked to call the volunteer team on 01473 707939 or email the volunteer team at volunteer@stelizabethhospice.org.uk

 

 

NECTON MEN'S SHED

A newly opened Men’s Shed in Necton is looking for new recruits. It was formed as a meeting point for a couple of hours each week, but now members also take on projects to help those who may need some support with their gardens, and the odd repair. In time they hope to have their own workshop to build items for the village. Currently, they meet in the Necton Sports and Social Club, behind the village hall, every Tuesday from 10am to 12 noon. For more details, contact John on 07969 381 604 or email suejohn451@hotmail.co.uk   

NORFOLK BROADS EPIC "SEVEN RIVERS TOUR" - NANCY OLDFIELD TRUST (MAY 8TH-18TH)

The Nancy Oldfield Trust gives disabled and disadvantaged people the chance to take to the water…. Now they’re spreading the word in a 40th anniversary epic "seven rivers tour" of the Norfolk Broads. They’ll be setting off in a cruiser and sailing boat from Beccles Yacht Station on Wednesday afternoon May 8th and finishing 166 miles and 20 stops later at their base in Neatishead on Saturday May 18th.

On top of that, they’re also holding a special information open day at Norwich Yacht Station. That’s on Saturday May 11th from 11am to 2pm. For full details check out their website by clicking here: www.nancyoldfield.org.uk

NORFOLK CC: SAVING PROPOSALS CONSULATION - NON-RESIDENTIAL ADULT SOCIAL CARE. DEADLINE MAY 17TH

Norfolk County Council has launched a consultation on its proposals to change the way it charges some people for their non-residential adult social care services.

The changes would affect the Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG), which is the term used to describe the minimum amount of income that those receiving local authority arranged home care need to cover their living costs, before a charge for care can be applied by the council.  

The proposals would see the Norfolk Minimum Income Guarantee changed to be in line with the minimum level set by national government.  

The measures are part of £41.5m of savings that Norfolk County Council needs to make to balance its budget for 2024/25.

The council currently uses a Minimum Income Guarantee of £187.13 a week for people aged 18 to pension age, which is above the minimum level set by the government. The council is proposing two options:

  • Option 1: Reduce the Minimum Income Guarantee for people 18-years-old to pension age from the current Norfolk County Council rate of £187.13 to government rates for 25-year old to pension age, which is currently £171.75
  • Option 2: Reduce the Minimum Income Guarantee to the government rate of £171.75 for people aged 25 to pension age, and also introduce a reduced rate for people aged 18 to 24 of £150.25.

It is estimated that option 1 would affect 1600 people who might have to pay between £2.50 and £18.00 a week more for their care. 

Option 2 would see around 95 18–24-year-olds pay between £2.50 and £40.00 more per week for their care, and around 1505 people between 25 – pension age pay an additional £2.50 to £18.00 a week.

The changes would add between £1.2m and £1.29m in additional income for Norfolk County Council’s adult social care services.

The proposals do not include any changes for people who have already reached pension-credit age as the council policy is already at the government-advised level.

The consultation is open now and runs until 17 May 2024. The county council are hosting a series of drop-in sessions at libraries to help people understand the proposals and express their views. Accessible versions of the consultation materials are also available.

People can share their views on the proposals in a number of ways:

  • Online (click here) at www.norfolk.gov.uk/savingsproposals
  • By email at haveyoursay@norfolk.gov.uk
  • By post, writing to: 
    The Minimum Income Guarantee Consultation 2024/25
    Freepost Plus RTCL-XSTT-JZSK 
    Norfolk County Council, Ground floor - south wing 
    County Hall, Martineau Lane 
    Norwich, NR1 2DH.

The results of the consultation will be reported to Cabinet in July 2024.  

Public drop-in sessions 

Monday 26th February 

Great Yarmouth Library 

10:30am-3:30pm 

Monday 4th March  

Dereham Library  

12pm-4pm 

Tuesday 5th March  

King's Lynn 

10:30am-3:30pm 

Monday 11th March 

Dereham Library  

12pm-4pm 

Thursday 14th March 

Norwich Library 

10:30am-3:30pm 

Friday 15th March 

North Walsham Library 

10.30am-3.30pm 

Monday 6th May 

Dereham Library  

12pm-4pm 

Tuesday 7th May 

King's Lynn Library 

10:30am-3:30pm 

Monday 13th May 

Dereham Library  

12pm-4pm 

Tuesday 14th May 

Norwich Library 

10:30am-3:30pm 

 

NORFOLK TO ISTANBUL CHARITY CYCLE RIDE - APRIL 13TH TO MID-JULY

Good luck to Ben Gore who’s raising money for the TimeNorfolk pregnancy loss charity by cycling solo from Kings Lynn to Istanbul – a total of 4,500km (nearly 2,800 miles). He’s leaving Norfolk on Saturday April 13th and returning in mid-July.

Ben, who is a senior support worker at JMR Healthcare, is hoping to raise £3,000. If you’d like to support him or if you’d like more details, click here: https://justgiving.com/page/ben-gore-1693407004175 [1]


Keep an eye on @JMR_Healthcare & @timenorfolk for updates on Ben's
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If you would like more details about the TimeNorfolk charity, click here for their website: www.timenorfolk.org.uk

 

 

NORFOLK TORCH RELAY - RUNNERS WANTED (JULY 26TH/27TH)

The Norfolk Citizens Advice Bureau are marking the start of the Olympic Games in July with their very own Norfolk Torch Relay - with runners carrying a flame across the county! It’ll be in 11 stages, starting at their King’s Lynn Office on July 26th and finishing the next day at their office at Gt Yarmouth library. If you’d like to join in and support the C.A.B you’ll find full details by clicking here for their website: www.ncab.org.uk/events/torch-relay-2024


NORWICH CASTLE QUARTER.....DONATIONS WANTED FOR SCHOOL UNIFORM SWAP SHOP.

Do you have any school uniforms or kit that your children no longer need? Castle Quarter in Norwich has launched a preloved school uniform collection point and if they get enough donations, they hope to have a swap-shop event for parents and carers to pick up good quality clothes for free ready for the new school year.

 

They are asking for blazers, cardigans, jumpers PE kits, polo shirts, shorts, shoes, skirts, and trousers.  Items can be plain or branded, and in any colour. They must be washed and in good, wearable condition, with all name tags removed if possible.

 

Donations should be bagged and can be dropped off at the Castle Quarter management office, on level 3 between 9am and 5pm, Monday – Friday.  To find the office, head to Super Bowl and take the escalator or lift to Level 3. For more details check out the Castle Quarter website by clicking here: https://castlequarternorwich.co.uk/event/donate-to-the-castle-quarter-pre-loved-school-uniform-swap-shop/


Details about the uniform swap event will be announced closer to the time.

 

NORWICH: OPENING DOORS EVENT: DEADLINE STALLS (APRIL 22ND), PERFORMERS (APRIL 29TH)

Opening Doors is a group run by people with learning difficulties for people with learning difficulties. They’ll be having a day of talks, performances, information stalls and more at the Forum in Norwich on Wed June 12th and are now looking for anyone who might like to have a stall, or to perform. The deadline for stalls is April 22nd and for performers it’s April 29th. If you’d like to perform or have a stall go to https://www.openingdoors.org.uk/page/74/Being-Healthy,-Happy,-Safe and complete and return the application form.

NORWICH RING ROAD CHARITY WALK, APRIL 18TH TO 27TH

Good luck to ex-serviceman Del Sullivan, who's going to be walking around the Norwich Ring Road to raise money for charity. He’s set to walk it twice a day for 10 days which is the equivalent of walking 10 marathons. It's to raise funds for the On Course Foundation Charity, which helps injured and unwell service personnel, and the Community Sports Foundation which supports people through the power of sport.  His first walk starts from Carrow Road on Thursday April 18th. His final walk is on Saturday April 27th.

For more details and to offer support, check out his Just Giving page by clicking here: www.justgiving.com/page/del-sullivan-1708372890791

SPROWSTON LITTER PICK - VOLUNTEERS WELCOME (APRIL 28TH)

There’s a litter picking session in Sprowston on Sunday April 28th. If you would like to help, the organisers ask you to meet at 10am outside Das Auto on Laundry Lane – just off Blue Boar Lane. They are clearing Boar Plantation, the wood next to Tesco. They have some litter pickers and high viz jackets, but you’re more than welcome to bring your own if you have them. Appropriate clothing and gloves are recommended. Everyone is welcome. Litter picking sessions are held regularly. If you'd like more details phone 0751 6450 949


WROXHAM: PIRATE-THEMED CRUISE FOR CAISTER LIFEBOAT (MAY 18TH)

There’s a Pirate themed river cruise in aid of Caister Lifeboat sailing from Wroxham at 7pm on Saturday May 18th. There will be live music by Afterglow and a hog roast provided by Cawdrons butchers. 

For tickets and details, click here: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-pirate-queen-charity-night-tickets-811497319327

You can also phone 0751 6450 949 if you would like further details.

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Don't forget, if you're organising a non-commercial or general community event and you're not listed...make sure you let us know! Check the details at the top of page. And if you're looking for more places to go and people to see, remember to check our Amber Directory as well. We have direct links to a whole host of websites!

REGULAR EVENTS

Drayton Village Hall hosts a regular coffee morning on the first Friday of the month to help raise funds for the upkeep and maintenance of the hall. Check out details at www.facebook.com/draytonvillagehall

  

 

Community market organisers, Back to the Roots, hold monthly pop-up markets at East Runton Village Hall and Horsford Village Hall. Check out full details on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/back.to.the.roots.market.events

 

Spixworth holds a regular monthly Farmers and Craft Market at Spixworth Village Hall. It’s held on the fourth Saturday every month between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Refreshments are available. It’s free entry and a free raffle ticket for every visitor. For more details check out the Market Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SpixworthFarmersMarket


APRIL
THURSDAY APRIL 18TH....BINHAM, OPEN CIRCLE MEETING AND SPEAKER

Open Circle in Binham is an informal group of women who get together once a month at Binham Memorial Village Hall to make friends, learn new things and raise money for local charities.

 

Their next meeting is on Thursday April 18th when Sophia Williams, an impressionist oil painter, will be talking about her approach to painting, her role as volunteer trail coordinator for North Norfolk Open Studios and the upcoming series of Maritime Mingle Events for Rescue Wooden Boats charity based in Stiffkey. There will be tea, coffee, and biscuits at the conclusion of the talk.

 

Annual membership £20. Guests are welcome for £3.

 

For further information email collyershirley@gmail.com   or  tw60ham@gmail.com

 

 

FRIDAY APRIL 19TH - SUNDAY MAY 19TH....HICKLING BROAD "LADY OF THE REEDS" EXHIBITION

The Norfolk Wildlife Trust are holding a special free exhibition at their visitor centre at Hickling Broad to celebrate the pioneering photography of the "Lady of the Reeds". It’s from Friday April 19th for a month and tells the story of Emma Turner who, in the early part of the 20th century, photographed bird life from her houseboat on the Broads. She became an author…was the first woman to be admitted to several natural history societies…and was instrumental in the formation of the British Trust for Ornithology.

 

Other events include “Lady of the Reeds” guided boat trips. And on Friday, April 26th, at Hickling Barn Community Centre there’s a talk on the book “Emma Turner – a life looking at birds.”

 

For full details check out the website by clicking here www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk

SATURDAY APRIL 20TH......DRAYTON VILLAGE HALL, GIANT JIGSAW AND BOOK SALE

There’s a Giant Jigsaw and book sale at Drayton Village Hall in Pond Lane (NR8 6PP) on Saturday April 20th. It’s from 10am to 1pm with hundreds of books and jigsaws along with CDs and DVDs. Proceeds go towards the upkeep and maintenance of the charity-run Hall.

Check out more details by clicking here for their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/draytonvillagehall

 

SATURDAY APRIL 20TH....GT RYBURGH, CRAFT FAIR

The Great Ryburgh Memorial Hall and Playing Field are organising a craft fair at the Memorial Hall in Great Ryburgh. It’s on Saturday April 20th from 10am to 3pm. If you’d like more details email sammie@ryburgh-memorial-hall.co.uk  or check out their  Facebook pages by clicking here: https://m.facebook.com/groups/223470285218603/?ref=share  and https://m.facebook.com/groups/237357896441673/?ref=share




SATURDAY APRIL 20TH...HEMBLINGTON CHURCH, "VILLAGE VOICES" FREE CONCERT

The Village Voices Community Choir based in Blofield are putting on a special free concert at Hemblington Church on Saturday April 20th. It starts at 2.30pm with donations welcome for the church and the Blofield and District Conservation Group. There are refreshments.

The concert is in celebration of Earth Day on Monday April 22nd, held each year to highlight protection of the planet.

If you’d like more details of the choir and the event, check out their website by clicking here: https://villagevoices1.wixsite.com/choir


For more information of the Conservation group, click here www.badcog.co.uk

And for The Earth Day official website just click here: www.earthday.org

 

 

SATURDAY APRIL 20TH....NORTH WALSHAM BIG BASH

North Walsham’s ‘Big Bash’ is back with a chance to find out more about what’s going on in the town and to meet the people who make it happen. It’s at North Walsham Community Centre on Saturday afternoon April 20th from 1.30pm to 4pm.

It’s a free event for all where you can browse, chat and have your say on local services and find out about everything from leisure, sports and hobbies - to health and wellbeing, social support, volunteering and more.

It’s organised by North Walsham Community Network which aims to improve access to information and support for local people and groups. For more information and updates click here for their Facebook page www.facebook.com/NWbigbash2022   Their website is: www.communitynetwork.northwalsham.org

SATURDAY APRIL 20TH TO BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY, MAY 6TH......WYMONDHAM SPRING FESTIVAL

Wymondham is holding a Spring Arts Festival with a whole variety of events from Saturday April 20th to Bank Holiday Monday May 6th. It includes everything from tai chi and creative writing sessions to a fashion show, a Wymondham Players production, an arts, and craft fair and even a beer, gin and rum festival. It finishes on Bank Holiday Monday with a duck race. Check it all out by clicking here: www.wymondhammagazine.co.uk/springartsfestival

SATURDAY APRIL 20TH....NORTH WYMONDHAM COMMUNITY CENTRE 50TH ANNIVERSARY QUIZ

North Wymondham Community Centre in Lime Tree Avenue is holding a series of events this year to mark its 50th anniversary. The first is a Quiz night on Saturday April 20th at 7pm for 7.30pm as part of the town’s Spring Arts Festival. Tables can be booked for teams up to six people at £5 a person. You’re asked to take your own drinks and nibbles.

The second is on Saturday May 4th at 7.30pm with “Made it to 50” – a selection of short plays, written and presented (script in hand) by Four by Four, a local play writing group. Tickets are £6. Cash on the door.

For more details of both and to keep up to date with other events planned during the year click here for the Community Centre’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NorthWymondhamCommunity/

For more information about Wymondham’s Spring Arts Festival click here: www.wymondhammagazine.co.uk/springartsfestival

 

SATURDAY/SUNDAY, APRIL 20TH - 21ST....THORPE RECREATION BOWLING CLUB - COME AND TRY MORNINGS

Thorpe Recreation Bowling Club, Laundry Lane, (NR7 0XQ) are always looking for new members to join them and they’re having special open mornings on Saturday (April 20th) and Sunday (April 21st) where you’re welcome to go along and give it a try. It’s from 10am to 12 noon each day and there are complimentary refreshments as well. It’s an outdoor bowling club, and if you’d like any more details, phone 01603 435411.

 

MONDAY APRIL 22ND.....EARTH DAY

Earth Day is held on April 22nd each year to highlight the protection of the planet. The first was held in 1970 and is now marked in more than 190 countries. If you'd like details click here for their official website www.earthday.org

TUES APRIL 23RD TO SAT APRIL 27TH.....BECCLES, "ME AND MY GIRL" MUSICAL

The Waveney Light Opera Group are presenting the classic musical “Me and My Girl” at Beccles Public Hall from Tues April 23rd to Saturday April 27th. It’s at 7.30pm each night and tells the tale of a Cockney gent who learns he’s the 14th heir to the Earl of Hareford.

For tickets and more details check out the Beccles Public Hall and Theatre website by clicking here: www.becclespublichall.co.uk

 

WED APRIL 24TH TO SAT APRIL 27TH.....WYMONDHAM PLAYERS, "WAITING IN THE WINGS"

Wymondham Players are presenting the Noel Coward comedy “Waiting in the Wings” - about a feud between two residents in a retirement home for actresses. It’s at the Central Hall in Wymondham from Wednesday April 24 to Saturday April 27th . Shows are at 7.45pm each evening along with a 2pm Saturday matinee. For tickets and details check out their website by clicking here: www.wymondhamplayers.org.uk

It’s all part of Wymondham’s Spring Arts Festival which runs from Saturday April 20th to Bank Holiday Monday May 6th. For programme details check out www.wymondhammagazine.co.uk/springartsfestival

 

THURSDAY APRIL 25TH.....HARLESTON CINEMA: "ONE LIFE"

Harleston Cinema, at the Masonic Rooms in Redenhall Road, is showing the film “One Life” on Thursday April 25th at 2pm and 7.30pm.

 

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Flynn, and Lena Olin, it tells the true story of Sir Nicholas 'Nicky' Winton, who, in the months leading up to World War II, rescued 669 predominantly Jewish children from the Nazis. It wasn’t until 50 years later when a TV show reunited him with some of those he saved, that he finally began to come to terms with his feelings of guilt and grief that he couldn’t have saved more.

 

Seats are £5 - you’re asked to book at Harleston Information Plus in Exchange Street, Harleston https://harleston-norfolk.org.uk/   or call 01379 851917    

You’re asked to cancel at HIP if you are unable to attend. 

Cash only. Ice creams at the intervals, bar also available for the evening screening.

Walk-ins will be accommodated if possible but only if the show isn’t fully booked. Please be aware – if you see tickets for sale on social media, this is a scam; tickets are only sold at the venue on the night.

 

All required Covid measures will be taken, in accordance with current guidelines. The hall has a new air monitoring and circulation system.

Certificate 12, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

You can follow them on Facebook & Instagram

 

SATURDAY APRIL 27TH.....NORWICH, DRAGON BOAT RACE

Get set for Dragon Boat racing in Norwich's Riverside! It's all happening on Saturday April 27th starting at Lady Julian Bridge at 10am with 14 teams of 10 paddlers and a drummer battling it out in heats followed by a grand finale. The event is raising money for the Brave Futures charity to provide specialist support for children in Norfolk.

For more details click here:https://bravefutures.org/events/norwich-dragon-boat-race-2024/

SATURDAY APRIL 27TH......SANTON DOWNHAM, QUIZ NIGHT AND CHEESE BOARD

The Village Hall in Santon Downham is holding a Quiz Night and Cheese Board on Saturday April 27th. Doors open at 6pm and it’s a maximum of six in a team at a cost of £5 per person, which includes a cheese board. Because of that, you DO NEED TO PRE-BOOK by emailing Bookings@VillageHallSantonDownham.co.uk

SATURDAY APRIL 27TH....THORPE ST ANDREW, CAR BOOT SALE

Thorpe St Andrew kicks off its outdoor car boot season on Saturday April 27th. It’s at Fitzmaurice Park from 9.30am to midday with sellers setting up from 9am. Pitches are £7 – just turn up and pay on the day, cash or card. Refreshments are available throughout. (There are other sales on June 22nd and September 28th.)

Check it out on the Town Council Facebook page by clicking here: www.facebook.com/ThorpeStAndrewTC  

SATURDAY/SUNDAY APRIL 27-28TH.....THETFORD, EAST ANGLIAN GAME AND COUNTRY FAIR

The East Anglian Game and Country Fair returns to the Euston Estate near Thetford on Saturday and Sunday, April 27th and 28th. It’s in its 20th year now and includes everything from acrobatic motorbikes to cookery demonstrations and from equestrian events and dog displays to live music, have-a-go contests, exhibitions and more. Check out the full details by clicking here for the website: www.ukgamefair.co.uk  

 

SATURDAY/SUNDAY APRIL 27-28....TRIMINGHAM ART EXHIBITION AND SALE

There’s an art exhibition and sale in Trimingham on Saturday and Sunday, April 27th and 28th. It’s at Trimingham Hall in Cromer Road (NR11 8HY) from 10am to 4pm with local artists exhibiting everything from paintings, illustrations and photographs, to textures, prints, cards and pottery. Admission is free, parking is available and refreshments and light lunches will be served.

The event – which in its 12th year – will be helping to raise money for the ongoing costs of Trimingham Church. For more details click here: www.trimingham.org/village-hall

SUNDAY APRIL 28TH....DEREHAM BAND SPRING CONCERT

Dereham Band are presenting a Spring Concert at Dereham Memorial Hall. It’s on Sunday April 28th at 3pm and includes traditional brass band items mixed with pop, selections from musicals, and show tunes.

 

Tickets are £7.00, available on the door. (Contactless payments available). Refreshments can be bought from the bar.

For the band’s website click here: www.derehamband.co.uk  

MAY
THURSDAY MAY 2ND.....NORWICH FORUM, LATER LIFE PLANNING DAY

There’s a later life planning day at the Forum in Norwich on Thursday May 2nd. It’s from 9am to 3pm and includes guest speakers and more than 30 charities and organisations with advice on everything from providing care to will writing. It’s a free event with the overall message: It’s never too early to start talking.

For more details check out the Forum events section by clicking here: www.theforumnorwich.co.uk/whats-on

FRIDAY MAY 3RD TO BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY MAY 6TH.....WYMONDHAM, BEER, GIN AND RUM FESTIVAL

There’s a beer, gin, and rum festival along with live music in Wymondham over the bank holiday weekend. It starts on Friday May 3rd at 1pm until 11pm. On Saturday and Sunday, it starts from 11am…and bank holiday Monday it’s from 11am while stocks last! It’s at the Wymondham and District Ex-Service’s Social Club in Friarscroft Lane. Entry is free and it’s all part of Wymondham’s Spring Arts Festival.

For more details of the beer, gin and rum festival check out their Facebook page by clicking here www.facebook.com/events/s/-2024-beer-gin-rum-festival-/229949616851522/

To check out the Spring Arts Festival which finishes on Bank Holiday Monday click here www.wymondhammagazine.co.uk/springartsfestival

 

SATURDAY MAY 4TH....HORNING BOAT SHOW

Horning is set for its annual Boat Show on Saturday May 4th. It’s from 10am to 4pm and includes displays of traditional and modern craft along with exhibitions, classic cars, musical entertainment, a food court, charity stalls, an auction and more! Horning Sailing Club will also be giving people the chance to try sailing for the first time.

Check out full details by clicking here for the boat show website: www.horningboatshow.com

SATURDAY MAY 4TH.....NORTH WYMONDHAM COMMUNITY CENTRE "MADE IT TO 50" NIGHT

As part North Wymondham Community Centre’s 50th anniversary celebrations, they are holding a “Made it to 50” night on Saturday May 4th. It’s a selection of short plays, written and presented (script in hand) by Four by Four, a local play-writing group. It all starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £6. (Cash on the door)

For bookings or for more details check out their Facebook page by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/NorthWymondhamCommunity/

The event is part of Wymondham’s Spring Festival which runs April 20th to Bank Holiday Monday, May 6th. For more details of that, click here: www.wymondhammagazine.co.uk/springartsfestival

SATURDAY MAY 4TH....NORWICH FORUM, LOCAL MAKERS MARKET

The Local Makers Market, which showcases a wide selection of work by local producers, has two Norfolk markets over the bank holiday weekend. You can catch up with them at The Forum in Norwich on Saturday May 4th and at Wells Town Football Club in Beach Road on Monday May 6th. Both are from 10am to 4pm

If you’d like more details check out the Local Makers Market website by clicking here: www.localmakers.uk   

SUNDAY MAY 5TH....NORWICH VEGAN PARKFEST

The Norwich Vegan Parkfest is back in Norwich for a third year. It’s in Chapelfield Gardens on Sunday, May 5th from 10.30am to 4pm and includes everything from vegan street food, to bakers and craft brewers, and from jewellery to local artists, environmental charities and more.

To check out more just click here: www.veganmarkets.co.uk/location/norwich

SUNDAY MAY 5TH....SPROWSTON CRICKET CLUB - NORFOLK V SUFFOLK T20 BLAST MATCH

Anyone for cricket? Norfolk and Suffolk will be battling it out in a T20 Blast match at Sprowston Cricket Club on Sunday May 5th…. that’s 20 overs and two matches in one day. It all starts at 11am and admission is free. The bar will be open and there will also be food stalls. Sprowston Cricket Club is in Barkers Lane. (NR7 8QZ.) If you’d like more details email sprowstoncc@gmail.com

SUNDAY MAY 5TH.....STODY LODGE GARDENS FAMILY FUN DAY

Stody Lodge, near Melton Constable is holding a family fun day on Sunday May 5th  with a range of activities from traditional fete games to a fun dog show and a chance to meet farmyard animals. And look out, too, for pixies and pirates in the gardens! It all starts at 1pm.

The Stody Lodge Gardens are open on various afternoons from Sunday April 28th to Spring Bank Holiday, Monday May 27th. 

For ticket details, dates, and latest information, check out their website by clicking here: www.stodyestate.co.uk/stody-lodge-gardens

Interested in gardens? Don’t forget to have a look at our “Open Gardens” section in our “Amber Directory”.

SUNDAY MAY 5TH....WYMONDHAM, COUNTERFEIT QUO, CHARITY NIGHT

The band Counterfeit Quo are performing in a tribute to Status Quo charity night at Wymondham Central Hall on Sunday May 5th. It all starts at 7.30pm and it has been organised by the Wymondham Music Events group to raise funds for three local charities – Wymondham Dementia Support, the Cancer Support Group Star Throwers, and the town’s Talking Newspaper.    Tickets are £18 from George R. Reeve Gifts and Stationery in Market Street, Wymondham….by phoning 01953 600563…or by clicking here for ticket source. www.ticketsource.co.uk/wymondham-music-events-group

 

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY, MAY 6TH.....NORTH WALSHAM CHILDREN'S DAY

North Walsham Children’s Day returns to the town on Bank Holiday Monday May 6th. It’s all happening in the grounds of St.Nicholas Church and the town centre between 11am and 4pm and includes miniature steam trains rides, live shows and music, family attractions and more.

Each year the event is backed by local people, businesses, and groups, to allow the organisers to offer most attractions free or at minimal cost.

Any profits go towards expanding the event and raising money for local charities that offer activities for children all year round.

Check out full details by clicking here for their website: www.nwchildrensday.co.uk


BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY, MAY 6TH...NORWICH, WATERLOO PARK, DOG SHOW FUN DAY

Waterloo Park in Norwich is holding a dog show fun day on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6th with everything from the waggiest tale to the best biscuit catcher! There are eight categories with space for 80 dogs. It’s all happening in the grass area in front of the café, with the café opening at 8.30am…. final registration from 9am to 10am on a first come first basis.... and the dog show itself from 11am. You can also register in advance. Check out the full details by clicking here www.thefeed.org.uk/about-us/news/dogshow24

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY MAY 6TH....WELLS, LOCAL MAKERS MARKET

After the Forum in Norwich on Saturday (May 4th) the Local Makers Market, which showcases a wide selection of work by local producers, is at Wells Town Football Club in Beach Road on Bank Holiday Monday May 6th. It's open from 10am to 4pm.

If you’d like more details check out the Local Makers Market website by clicking here www.localmakers.uk   

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY, MAY 6TH......WYMONDHAM ABBEY DUCK RACE

Wymondham Abbey is holding its annual duck race on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6th. It’s at Tiffey Meadow, just past the Abbey. The whole event starts at 11am…the first race is at 11.30am…and there’s also a Mad Hatters bonnet parade contest at 2pm. On top of there’s also stalls, refreshments and children’s activities.

For more details check out the website page by clicking here: www.wymondhamabbey.org.uk/2024/02/20/duck-race-2024

It’s the final event of this year’s Wymondham Spring Festival. To check out events click here: www.wymondhammagazine.co.uk/springartsfestival

FRIDAY MAY 10TH TO SUNDAY MAY 12TH...CROMER, FOLK ON THE PIER FESTIVAL

Cromer’s annual Folk on the Pier festival returns this year with a variety of shows from Friday May 10th to Sunday May 12th. It includes folk duo Chris While and Julie Matthews….also finalists from the Voice USA....acts such as Gryphon and “Show of Hands”…and many more. Check out the full details on the Folk on The Pier website by clicking here: www.folkonthepier.co.uk

FRIDAY MAY 10TH TO SUNDAY MAY 26TH.....NORFOLK AND NORWICH FESTIVAL

This year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival opens on Friday May 10th with a special free giant puppet show in the city centre at 9pm. It’s part of a special welcome weekend which continues with free performance shows in the city centre on Saturday and Sunday. (May 11th and 12th)

The festival runs through to Sunday May 26th with shows and events all around the city and the county. 

Check out full details on their website by clicking here: www.nnfestival.org.uk

SATURDAY MAY 11TH....DEREHAM DAY FESTIVAL

The third annual Dereham Day festival – to celebrate everything good about the town – is on Saturday May 11th . There's a whole variety of events around town including the Memorial Hall with stalls and more, including free showcase shows at the theatre…and Fleece Meadow with events and entertainment including stalls, live music, and demonstrations. It’s all from 10am to 4pm followed by a concert at the theatre in the evening.

To keep up to date with what is happening and where, keep an eye on their special Facebook page by clicking here: www.facebook.com/events/s/dereham-day/391590973459651

SATURDAY MAY 11TH....NORWICH YACHT STATION, NANCY OLDFIELD CHARITY INFORMATION OPEN DAY

The Nancy Oldfield Trust offers accessible boating on the Broads for people who are disabled or disadvantaged. They are marking their 40th anniversary with a special information open day at Norwich Yacht Station on Saturday May 11th from 11am to 2pm. For more details check out their website by clicking here: www.nancyoldfield.org.uk

They are also celebrating with a 40th anniversary epic “seven rivers” tour of the Norfolk Broads starting in Beccles on Wednesday May 8th and finishing 166 miles and 20 stops later at their base at Neatishead on Saturday May 18th. The website will be able to give you more details about that as well.

TUESDAY MAY 14TH TO SATURDAY MAY 18TH.....FAKENHAM, "THE LITTLE MERMAID"

FADLOS – the Fakenham and District Light Operatic Society – are presenting the Hans Christian Andersen and Disney classic “The Little Mermaid” for their next musical. It’s at Fakenham Community Centre in Oak Street from Tuesday to Saturday – May 14th to May 18th. It includes all the favourite songs – like “Under the Sea” “Kiss the Girl and “Part of Your World” – along with some new ones.

For ticket information and more details check out the FADLOS website by clicking here www.fadlos.org.uk

SATURDAY MAY 18TH.....LOWESTOFT, CHARITY FOOTBALL DAY

There’s a charity football match, including former Norwich City players, at Lowestoft’s Crown Meadow ground in Love Road. It’s on Saturday May 18th and it’s raising money for the Big C cancer charity. It will also include an auction, charity stalls, family activities and a half-time penalty shoot-out. Gates open at 10.30am…kick off is 12.30pm…and the event should finish about 3.30pm..

Click here if you'd like advance tickets or more details: www.big-c.co.uk/our-events/charity-football-match


SUNDAY MAY 19TH...STODY LODGE GARDENS, CLASSIC VEHICLE DAY

Stody Lodge Gardens near Melton Constable is holding its sixth annual Classic Vehicle Day on Sunday May 19th as part of one of the Gardens' open days. The event is from 11am to 5pm and includes a variety of vehicles – including the Motorbike procession coming in from Norwich - along with music, food, charity teas and, of course, the gardens.

For more details check out their website by clicking here: www.stodyestate.co.uk/stody-lodge-gardens

SUNDAY MAY 19TH....TAVERHAM TO STODY, "DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN'S " MOTORBIKE AND SCOOTER RIDE

There’s a “Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride” from Taverham to Stody on Sunday May 19th. It’s been organised by the Iceni Chapter of the Norfolk Harley Owners Group, with Lind Motorcycles, where riders – men and women - dress to look dapper while riding a whole range of classic-style motorbikes and scooters. They’ll be leaving from the Mid-Norfolk Shooting Ground in Taverham at 11am, arriving between Noon and 12.30pm at the Classic Vehicle Day at Stody Lodge, near Melton Constable.

It's part of a word-wide event in support of men’s health. If you’d like more details, take part, or offer support, check out the website by clicking here: www.gentlemansride.com

 

SUNDAY MAY 26TH...SANDRINGHAM PAGEANT OF MOTORING

The Pageant of Motoring returns to Sandringham on Sunday May 26th. It’s a celebration of motoring through the years which not only includes vehicles, but also has live music, arena activities, aerial displays, a vintage fair and more. There’s also a chance to see a selection of Royal vehicles not often seen.

The organisers ask to remember to take cash as a card machine signal is limited.

Check out all the details by clicking here for their website. www.sandringhammotoringpageant.co.uk

AMBER DIRECTORY.................AMBER DIRECTORY ..........................

Here it is! Our growing list of organisations and contacts which we hope you’ll find useful for everything from places to visit to support organisations and charities - along with hobbies, sports, museums, nightclubs...and so the list goes on. Sit down with a cuppa and click on each one to see what’s there - we have more than 100 to choose from! And if you’re running a similar group and you’re not listed, please let us know so we can help spread the word for you. Remember it's free - just email the details and contact information to community@amber.radio

  

ACTIVITY SUPPORT GROUPS

The NANCY OLDFIELD TRUST, which is based at Neatishead, offers accessible boating on the Broads for people who are disabled or disadvantaged. It was formally registered as a charity in 1984 and has motor cruisers, yachts, canoes and more for people to enjoy a trip on the water, try new activities, improve their self-confidence and increase their environmental awareness. It also offers accommodation.  For full details check out their website at www.nancyoldfield.org.uk

AMATEUR DRAMATICS

If you're interested in local amateur dramatics, either by joining them or simply going along to one of their shows, you might like to check out the Drama Groups website which gives information on AmDram groups, Schools, Societies, Choirs, Troupes, and Clubs. You'll find sections for Norfolk and Suffolk...along with the rest of the UK and much of the world if you're thinking of going further afield! It's dramagroups.com

ANIMAL CHARITIES

The DOGS TRUST in Snetterton can care for up to 70 dogs and has an on-site training barn, playing fields, playgrounds and even a bathing and grooming room. If you are looking for a pet, they obviously welcome visits and they also welcome support including donations of bedding, toys, and the like. For more details, their website is  www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming/our-centres/snetterton

 

The NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK ANIMAL TRUST is based at, what used to be, the old police dog pound in Gt Yarmouth’s Fremantle Road. It’s run completely by volunteers and has a rehoming service for dogs and cats. Nowadays it also has a charity shop in Gt Yarmouth High Street. To find out more click here for their website: www.nasatrust.co.uk

PACT – The People for Animal Care Trust – is a Norfolk-based animal sanctuary which rescues, rehabilitates and, where possible, re-homes neglected, injured, and abandoned animals. It’s one of the largest animal sanctuaries in East Anglia and also has its own charity shops.  For full details check out their website www.pactsanctuary.org

 

SAFE RESCUE FOR DOGS takes in and rehomes dogs from the UK and abroad. For full details check out their website www.saferescuefordogs.co.uk

 

STREETVET is a charity which sees volunteer vets and nurses providing free essential vet care for the pets of people who are homeless. StreetVet, Norwich was set up in 2019 and they currently have about 30 volunteers giving up their time every Tuesday evening for outreach sessions. And Taverham Vets carry out the out-of-hours surgeries.

If you’d like to support them in any way, or if you’d like more details check out their website at www.streetvet.co.uk/location-streetvetnorwich  


YARMOUTH GREYHOUND HOMEFINDERS has found homes for more than 2,500 retired greyhounds since it was founded by Yarmouth Stadium Owner Stephen Franklin in 1999. If you’d like to find out more about the group – and the dogs – here’s their website www.yarmouth-greyhound-homefinders.co.uk

ARTS AND CRAFTS

NORFOLK CREATIONS is a not-for-profit group that showcases the work of local artists and craft makers. They hold various events each year and if you'd like more details of where they'll be and their exhibitors, check out their website www.norfolkcreations.co.uk

 

The SAINSBURY CENTRE at the UEA is an international art museum and a major national centre for the study and presentation of art. It has permanent collections along with a range of temporary exhibitions. It also has a Sculpture Park set in 350 acres of parkland. For more details check out sainsburycentre.ac.uk

 

BROADLAND AND SOUTH NORFOLK SUPPORT AND ADVICE HELP HUB

Broadland and South Norfolk has a special Help Hub to offer practical support and advice for anyone in both areas. It could be anything from money worries to domestic abuse or from employment and training to a handy trader…The Help Hub is a partnership with a wide variety of different organisations. For full details click here https://www.southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk/help-hub



CHOIRS AND BANDS

DEREHAM BAND is a well-established brass band which has been playing music in the local area for nearly 90 years. They hold regular concerts and play at various community events throughout the County. If you’d like to find out where you can hear them or even join them, log onto the website by clicking here: www.derehamband.co.uk

 

THE NORWICH COMMUNITY CHOIR meets on Tuesday evenings at St.Cuthbert's Church Centre in Sprowston, and they welcome new singers. They have free taster sessions with no auditions and no experience necessary. Check it ouby clicking here www.norwichcommunitychoir.co.uk

 

 

THE PHOENIX MALE VOICE CHOIR welcomes new recruits. They meet on Thursday evenings and some Tuesdays in Norwich. They also welcome everyone to their concerts! For more details click here: NorwichPhoenixMVC.org

 

FINE CITY CHORUS in Norwich is a chorus of barbershop singers. They meet on Wednesday evenings at Lionwood School in Thorpe Hamlet and sing in concert mostly in Norfolk and Suffolk - but occasionally further afield as well. Every year they attend the British Association of Barbershop Singers Convention which is held in various locations around the country. If you'd like to join them, find out more about them, or even just listen to them, check their website for details (click here) www.finecitychorus.org.uk

 

TAVERHAM, BAND, has been playing since 1974. It specialises in concert work with a focus on entertainment and performs for, and in collaboration, with many community and charity groups across the region. Its members range from ex-professional musicians to youngsters developing their skills. They are a non-contest band. For more details click here for their website: www.taverhamband.org . 

VILLAGE VOICES is a community choir based in Blofield open to everyone, experienced or not, who likes to sing for fun. They sing a range of styles from sea shanties to gospel and from traditional to popular and regularly sing at charity events. If you’d like more details check out their website by clicking here: https://villagevoices1.wixsite.com/choir


CLUBS AND MEETING GROUPS

THE FRIENDS OF NORFOLK DIALECT (FOND), was founded in 1999 with the aim of preserving, recording, and promoting, the Norfolk accent. Members organise or feature at various events during the year including their own annual Norfolk panto. You can find out more via their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fondnorfolk

 

The GREAT YARMOUTH AND DISTRICT PROBUS CLUB are looking for guest speakers willing to give a talk lasting 45 minutes to an hour. They’re also looking for new members. When it began in 1978, it was a male group and for those who were retired, but now it’s open to everyone and you’re welcome to first visit as a guest. It meets on Wednesday mornings at the Assembly Rooms in Marine Parade. For more details about the club, you can check out their Facebook page www.facebook.com/GreatYarmouthandDistrictProbus


NECTON MEN’S SHED welcomes new recruits. Members get together for a couple of hours each week and also take on projects to help with gardening and occasional repair work. They meet in the Necton Sports and Social Club on Tuesdays from 10am to 12 noon. For more details, contact John on 07969 381 604 or email suejohn451@hotmail.co.uk 

OPEN CIRCLE in Binham is an informal group of women who get together once a month at Binham Memorial Village Hall to make friends, learn new things and raise money for local charities. New members and guests are welcome. If you'd like more details email collyershirley@gmail.com  or  tw60ham@gmail.com



COUNCILS

To find out details of the County Council, District, Borough and City Councils, log onto https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/what-we-do-and-how-we-work/your-local-councils-and-mps/local-councils

For details of town and parish councils check district council websites.

COMMUNITY DIRECTORY - NORFOLK

The Norfolk Community Directory is run by Norfolk County Council and has information on a huge range of topics. Things to do…money and legal advice…childcare and family support…help at home…health and wellbeing…learning, work and volunteering….and so the list goes on! A real go-to list for so many subjects. Check out their website. communitydirectory.norfolk.gov.uk

EDUCATION


 "IntoUniversity" in Norwich is an educational charity which offers free after-school academic support to youngsters from the age of seven to eighteen.

Primary School children get to follow a curriculum based on degree subjects, while Secondary School and College Students also receive support on everything from homework and exams to interview techniques, apprenticeships and even gap years. The idea is to give extra support to help them fulfil their potential.
The charity – which was launched in 2021 in partnership with the UEA – is based at the West Earlham Centre in Norwich. 

For more details contact the Norwich IntoUniversity Team on: norwich@intouniversity.org or 01603 367 525. 

If you would like to find out more, their website is www.intouniversity.org or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IntoUniversity/

 

FILM NOSTALGIA

If you’re looking for nostalgia, the East Anglian Film Archive goes as far back as 1896 with about 12,000 hours of film and up to 30,000 hours of videotape – most of them covering the East of England. Many of the films are available to watch…and they’re also keen to add to the collection. So if you have any old films gathering dust, or you’d like to find out more about the Film Archive itself, check out eafa.org.uk

*The group - which is run by the UEA and has its base at County Hall - is part of a national network of public film archives called Film Archives UK www.filmarchives.org.uk

FOOD SUPPORT

The Norfolk Community Foundation's "Nourishing Norfolk Network" is the umbrella group for a series of more than 20 local food hubs. They also offer help in other ways from tech support to debt or energy advice, form filling, legal advice and much more. They currently assist more than 24,000 people and would like anyone who might be struggling to know that help is available. They also welcome volunteers.

Check it all out at https://www.norfolkfoundation.com/giving-and-philanthropy/back-our-key-initiatives/nourishing-norfolk/nourishing-norfolk-network/


THE TRUSSELL TRUST supports a nationwide network of food banks to provide emergency food and support to people in crisis. Once someone has been referred, they can exchange a voucher for a food parcel to cover a minimum of three days. The food banks can advise which agencies can offer referrals.  It has centres throughout Norfolk and North Suffolk. Check out full details including centre information at www.trusselltrust.org

GETTING AROUND IN NORWICH

*If you live or work in Norwich and want the freedom of having a car without the expense of owning one, the city has a special car club. Members can pick up a car from a dedicated parking bay at any time of day or night...and then return it once they’ve finished. And there are bays all across the city. If you’d like more details, check out norwich.gov.uk/carclub


*Norwich has one of the highest levels of walking and cycling in the country...so if that includes you and you'd like a copy of the Norwich city cycle map, you can download it for free from the website norwich.gov.uk/cycling

 

*If you fancy cycling around the city, but you haven’t got a bike…don’t forget Transport for Norwich has a bike share scheme with Beryl Bikes. You can hire bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters from cycle bays dotted all around the Norwich area. For more details check out beryl.cc (Transport for Norwich is a partnership of local authorities to improve road links and to encourage sustainable forms of transport.)

 

 

HEALTH - CANCER SUPPORT CHARITIES

AMBER’S ARMY is a new charity to support Norfolk families with a child who has a terminal cancer diagnosis. They work with the whole family on providing emotional support and helping to create happy memories and experiences. They also offer a guide to other support groups – from emotional to financial. Many families are referrals but you can also contact them directly. If you’d like more details of the charity, their services or how you can help, check out their website www.ambersarmy.org.uk  

 

The BIG C cancer charity was founded by two young men – David Moar MBE and Clive Bamford – who after travelling to London and Cambridge for their own treatment were determined that local people would have facilities and support nearer to home.  It is ready to support anyone affected by cancer in Norfolk and North Suffolk, whether it is someone with a diagnosis or their loved ones. Check out full details at their website www.big-c.co.uk

 

 

“IT’S ON THE BALL” is a charity based in Norwich set up to provide support to patients and their families and raise awareness of testicular cancer. Their aim is to ensure all men between 15 and 45 in Norfolk are aware of the signs and symptoms and to have the confidence to seek medical advice when something doesn't feel right. To find out more go to itsontheball.org

 

STAR THROWERS is a cancer support charity based in Wymondham which offers free individual assistance to patients and carers. Its aim is to support people from diagnosis to life after cancer and offers help with everything from counselling to nutrition and diet support. It’s available for all cancer patients and carers aged 18 plus and if you’d like more details their website is www.starthrowers.org.uk

 

HEALTH AND WELFARE GROUPS

THE BENJAMIN FOUNDATION is a Norwich-based charity which helps young people experiencing challenges. The organisation has been running for more than 25 years supporting young people and families across Norfolk and Suffolk. To find out more about them, log on to benjaminfoundation.co.uk

 

CARE FOR CARERS is a wide-ranging support association providing help for carers and ex-carers, along with those who are cared for…older people…the lonely…and the vulnerable. They also hold "Carers Information Days". Their website includes information on subjects such as benefits, health trainer services, anti-bullying websites, adult education and more. Check it out here: www.careforcarers.org.uk

FIBROMYALGIA. A support group for people who suffer from Fibromyalgia and other similar chronic pain conditions within the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston area meets on the second Tuesday of every month. It’s from 11:30am to 2.30pm at the Magdalen Way Methodist Church, Gorleston, NR31 7DB.

 

They have a private Facebook group - facebook.com/groups/fibrogyg    Their contact email address is gygfibro@gmail.com

 

ST.MARTIN’S HOUSING TRUST helps homeless people, and those at risk, by offering them support, whether it’s short-term or long- term. They have been assisting people in Norwich and Norfolk for more than 50 years and they also work in hand with other voluntary organisations, housing associations, community, and church groups to raise awareness of homelessness. Find out more on their website www.stmartinshousing.org.uk

 

THE MATTHEW PROJECT is a Norwich-based charity which supports young people and adults across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex with drug and alcohol recovery and wellbeing. If you'd like more details their website is matthewproject.org

 

MENOPAUSE SUPPORT is a purpose-over-profit organisation, founded by Diane Danzebrink in 2015.  After going through her own terrifying experience of entering instant menopause following surgery, Diane set out on a mission to create better, free resources for women and their families so everyone can better understand menopause and access the support and information they need. To find out more click here for their website: www.menopausesupport.co.uk

 

  

NELSON’S JOURNEY is a charity which helps children and young people in Norfolk who suffer the loss of someone close to them. They provide a range of bereavement support and accept referrals from families and professionals. Since launching in 1997 they have helped thousands of youngsters in the county to smile again. For full details check out their website www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk

 

 The SUE LAMBERT TRUST is a Norfolk charity offering support to survivors of sexual violence and abuse. Its roots go back to a women’s group launched in the 1980s which then merged with a male support group in 2007 to become the “Sexual Violence Alliance”. Sue Lambert was a main stalwart throughout that time and when she sadly died in 2013, the charity’s name was changed to honour her memory. For full details of the charity and the support offered check out their website by clicking here: www.suelamberttrust.org

HEALTH - WELLBEING SUPPORT

If you are ever having a bad time, and you need someone to talk to, remember, you are not alone. Here are just some of the organisations on hand to help.

NORFOLK AND WAVENEY MIND have amazing resources and people you can reach out to. Find out more at www.norfolkandwaveneymind.org.uk


NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL  has a special section on their website with five steps to improving your mental health. Called “Take Five, to look after your own wellbeing”, it includes tips and advice, along with details of local community support hubs and more. Check it out at www.norfolk.gov.uk/what-we-do-and-how-we-work/campaigns/take-5 Other sites they suggest having a look at include "Every Mind Matters" www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters and “Improving Lives Together” www.improvinglivesnw.org.uk

 

THE WELLBEING SERVICE in Norfolk and Waveney offers help and support to improve wellbeing and manage stress, low mood, and anxiety. It holds a wide range of workshops, courses and talking therapies along with social support, employment advice, social events and more. To find more about it, click here for their Wellbeing website: www.wellbeingnands.co.uk

And if you fancy getting out and about, it offers a whole series of activities from football to running to guided walks, coffee catch ups and more. In fact, there’s something going on most days! You can check those out by clicking here: https://www.wellbeingnands.co.uk/norfolk/community-development-team/social-events/

LEISURE AND HOBBY GROUPS

NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK DOWSERS promote traditional dowsing techniques and enjoy the local countryside and its colourful history. They also support dowsing for Health, Earth Energies, Archaeology and Water Divining.

They have monthly meetings. No experience is required as tuition will be provided. 

 

For more details: norfolkandsuffolkdowsers@gmail.com or check out their Facebook page  by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100093606315410

 

THE “DRAGON SHIELDS” are a Norfolk-based Dark-Ages battle re-enactment group and they’re looking to recruit new members! They run a comprehensive training course, and. they say, after a hard day’s fighting there’s nothing better than to sit around the campfire in good company with a cup of mead. You don’t have to do battle – there are other roles as well. Check out their Facebook page for details (click here) www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61551669009312

NORFOLK GHOSTBUSTERS are all huge fans of the Ghostbusters movies and often travel out and about in their outfits raising money for charity...particularly the East Anglian Children's Hospice. If you'd like more details check out their Facebook page (click here) https://www.facebook.com/groups/487757266687931/

 

The NORFOLK KNITTERS AND STITCHERS have been knitting, stitching, and crocheting for charity for 15 years. It's a popular organisation - and pastime - with more than 2,300 members and 127 groups across the county. If you'd interested in finding out more, they'd love to hear from you. Click on their website here: norfolkknitters.org.uk

 

The NORWICH STAR WARS CLUB UK was founded in 1999 and has been at all the flagship Star Wars celebration events. It has its own costume group called The Heroes and Villains and has appeared at various events across the country. On the last Friday of the month, they have a club night which is open to all and includes jedi training.... If you'd like to find out more, check out their If you'd like to find out more, check out their Facebook page (click here) www.Facebook.com/NorwichStarWarsClubUK

 

STARGAZING. We're not talking about celebs here, were talking about the night sky! Whether it's a hobby and you just enjoy going outside every now and then and simply gazing, here's a website you might be interested in. Click here: gostargazing.co.uk

 

 

MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE

If you think: once you’ve seen one museum you’ve seen them all, then have a look through these and think again! (If you have others, please let us know at community@amber.radio)

Just remember, many are seasonal and not necessarily open every day, so always check opening times!    



NORFOLK MUSEUMS SERVICE is a good place to start for Norfolk. It has 10 museum sites and operates the Norwich Castle Study Centre and a collections centre at Gressenhall.

So, if you want to find out more about NORWICH’S Castle Museum…Museum of Norwich…and Strangers’ Hall. GT YARMOUTH’S Time and Tide Museum…. Tolhouse Gaol…and Elizabeth House. CROMER Museum, THETFORD Ancient House Museum, GRESSENHALL Farm and Workhouse and LYNN Museum….

Just click here for them all! www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

 

 

ASSOCIATION FOR SUFFOLK MUSEUMS is a good place to start for Suffolk! It includes LOWESTOFT’S local history museum in Nicholas Everitt Park…. Royal Naval Patrol Service Museum at the Sparrow’s Nest…and the East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Colville. BECCLES Museum…BUNGAY Museum…. FLIXTON’S Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum…HALESWORTH’S District Museum…and more, the further south you go!

You can check those out at www.suffolkmuseums.org  .

 

Other museums include…

The (CITY OF NORWICH) AVIATION MUSEUM can be seen from the NDR (Broadland North Way) near the Airport...but the way to reach it is via Horsham St.Faith! It has an outdoor space housing nearly 30 aircraft and exhibits along with a varied collection of smaller displays indoors. It also holds various special events throughout the year.  And it has a tearoom. Check it ouby clicking here: cnam.org.uk


CAISTER CASTLE in Caister-On-Sea was commissioned in 1432 and there’s a good view of the ruins from the top of remaining 90-foot tower. The Castle is also home for a purpose-built motor vehicle museum which they describe as probably the largest of its kind in Britain. It houses more than 120 cars and 100 bikes – ranging from 1893 to a 1990s customised Harley Davidson. There are also bicycles, horse-drawn vehicles, pedal cars and more. For more details check out their website by clicking here. www.caistercastle.co.uk

 

NORWICH CASTLE – Ok, it’s mentioned above under the Norfolk Museums’ Service, but it’s worth a separate mention – especially now. While it's business as usual for the rest of the museum, the £15million project to recreate the time it was a Norman palace is due to finish later in the year (2024) They are rebuilding the medieval floors and rooms and for the first time in 900 years everyone will be able to explore all five levels of the Keep – from the basement to the battlements. For more details about the museum and the Royal Palace Reborn project, log onto museums.norfolk.gov.uk/norwich-castle

 

 

DAD’S ARMY Museum in THETFORD is dedicated to the classic TV series which was filmed in the area. It can be found in the old fire station in Cage Lane at the back of Thetford Guildhall, which, itself doubled as the Town Hall in several episodes. Check it out by clicking here for their website: www.dadsarmythetford.org.uk   

DAD'S ARMY is also a feature at BRESSINGHAM Steam and Gardens where it’s been the official home to the Dad’s Army Appreciation Society’s collection since 2000. The exhibition is a re-creation of their fictional hometown of Walmington-On-Sea.  Check it out – along Bressingham’s other attractions - by clicking here: www.bressingham.co.uk   (You’ll also find it in our Trains section) 

DEREHAM''S BISHOP BONNER’S COTTAGE MUSEUM survived the great fire of 1679 and Zepplin raids of 1915 to become the oldest surviving domestic building in Dereham. The timber-framed, thatched building with sloping ceilings and twisting staircases is a collection of three cottages and can found in Withburga Lane near to St Nicholas Parish Church. Find out more on the Dereham Heritage Trust website at www.derehamheritagetrust.org.uk

DEREHAM WINDMILL is the last of several windmills in the Dereham district. It was built in 1835, rescued from dereliction in the 1980s and has now been restored as an exhibition centre. It's in Cherry Lane near to Neatherd High School and is set in dog-friendly grounds connected to several rural walks around the area. There's also a tearoom (dogs are not allowed inside). For more details and to check opening times log onto www.derehamwindmill.co.uk


DISS MUSEUM, in the Market Place is a community museum centred on the history of the town and district. Features include a variety of both permanent and regularly changing temporary exhibitions along with an outreach programme of town walks and talks and more. To find out more, click here for their website: www.dissmuseum.co.uk

ENGLISH HERITAGE charity cares for historic buildings, monuments, and sites all around the country. Norwich's Cow Tower, which is managed by the city council, is one of the sites under its umbrella. Others around the area include the Castle and Priory at Castle Acre; Grimes Graves near Brandon; the Castle at Castle Rising; Thetford Priory; the Castle Roman forts at Burgh Castle and Caister-on-Sea and so the list continues! For details check out www.english-heritage.org.uk (See also – National Trust)

 

FAKENHAM GAS MUSEUM is housed in the town’s former gas works in Hempton Road which produced gas for the town from 1846 to 1965. When others were demolished, this became a museum to provide an insight into the town’s heritage. For full details click here for the website: www.fakenhamgasmuseum.com

LOWESTOFT MARITIME MUSEUM in Sparrow’s Nest Park in Whapload Road is, of course, Britain’s Most Easterly Museum! Set in an early 19th century cottage which has been extended to cope with the ever-growing collection, the museum highlights the fishing industry and different aspects of the town’s maritime history.

Find out all about it by clicking here: www.lowestoftmaritimemuseum.co.uk

 

MUCKLEBURGH MILITARY COLLECTION is sited on the former Royal Artillery Anti-Aircraft training camp at Weybourne. It was opened to the public in 1988 and is one of the largest privately owned military museums in the UK.  It has a café on site. For full details check out their website by clicking here: www.muckleburgh.co.uk

 

  

MUSEUM OF THE BROADS which has a collection of items from the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads can be found at The Poor’s Staithe (NR12 9DA) just outside Stalham. It aims to bring the stories of the Broads alive and includes a collection of nearly 6,000 items from iconic boats and bygone holidays to models of life from 1,000 years ago. Other attractions include trips on their boats – one electric and another their Victorian steamboat.

For full details click here for their website: www.museumofthebroads.org.uk

 

NATIONAL TRUST aims to protect and promote local heritage and natural landscapes. It covers houses and buildings, gardens, countryside, and woodland and more. Locally just some of the places they are responsible for include the halls at Blickling, Felbrigg and Oxburgh; Sheringham Park, Morston Quay, Blakeney Nature Reserve, the estate at Brancaster...and so the list goes on! For full details log onto nationaltrust.org.uk (See also English Heritage)

 

RAF AIR DEFENCE RADAR MUSEUM in Birds Lane, Neatishead (NR12 8YB) has more than 20 exhibition rooms. It throws a light on the history of radar from the Second World War to the Cold War and you can even experience the country’s only original Cold War Operations Room. Among the other attractions is a Coltishall collection which includes a special exhibition on Wartime pilot Douglas Bader.

To find out more click here for their website: www.radarmuseum.co.uk

 

  

RNLI HENRY BLOGG MUSEUM is in Cromer at the Rocket House on the Causeway and is named after the most decorated lifeboatman in RNLI history who served in Cromer for 53 years and, along with his crew, saved no fewer than 873 lives. Complete with a lifeboat on display along with various historical memorabilia, the museum also offers a range of activities and more. Check it out by clicking here: https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/museums/henry-blogg-museum

 

SAINSBURY CENTRE at the UEA is an international art museum and a major national centre for the study and presentation of art. It has permanent collections along with a range of temporary exhibitions. It also has a Sculpture Park set in 350 acres of parkland. For more details check out sainsburycentre.ac.uk

 

SHERINGHAM MUSEUM has a collection running over three floors from social history items to agricultural, fishing and world war artefacts. It also has boats, an art collection, fossils, and even bones from a prehistoric elephant! It’s a community enterprise, which organises public events throughout the year, and – apart from the manager – it’s manned by volunteers. Here’s their website: www.sheringhammuseum.co.uk

 

NORFOLK TANK MUSEUM in Forncett St.Peter, two miles from Long Stratton, has a military collection mainly from the 20th century. It includes tanks and armoured cars – in working order - along with artillery, uniforms and more. It offers a “hands on” experience and its aim is to be educational. It also has a tearoom, a play area and picnic site and access to local country walks.

For more details check it out at: www.norfolktankmuseum.co.uk

 

THURSFORD STEAM ENGINE MUSUEM. Famed for its shows, of course, Thursford is also famed for its steam engines and mechanical organs. From traction engines to the mighty Wurlitzer, it’s said to be the largest collection of its kind in the world. To find out more, click here for the Thursford website: www.thursford.com

 

USAF 100TH BOMB GROUP: If you've seen the TV series "Masters of the Air" you'll know it's about the American 100th bomb group stationed at Thorpe Abbotts during the Second World War. Did you know there's a museum there? It's in Dickleburgh in the North-East corner of the old airfield and includes the old control tower. 

Check out more details on their website by clicking here: www.100bgmus.org.uk   and their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/100bgmus  

WYMONDHAM HERITAGE MUSEUM, has a varied collection of exhibits and displays looking at the history of the area and its people. It’s set in The Bridewell in Norwich Road, which itself – as a former prison - is also a big part of Wymondham’s history. Find out more by clicking here for their website: www.wymondhamheritagemuseum.co.uk

NATURE - LEARNING AND EXPLORING

The FAIRYLAND TRUST is a small charity which teaches families about nature through fairytales, folklore, arts and crafts and theatre. It was created by Chris Rose and Sarah Wise when their four-year-old daughter said she would like to go to a fairytale world of old knobbly trees and meadows of flowers, to look for fairies. They hold events at Bradmoor Woods on the West Acre Estate, but also present workshops around the area. For more details check out fairylandtrust.org

 

If you fancy going wild in Norfolk, the NORFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST can help you out! Visitor centres run a whole variety of events during the year, from walks to pond dipping and from boat trips exploring hidden area of the Broads, to workshops and exhibitions. They're also looking for volunteers as well! For full details log on to norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk (Norfolk Wildlife Trust, (NWT), is the oldest one of its kind in the country. It has more than 35,500 members and manages more than 40 nature 

reserves along with other protected sites.)

OPEN GARDENS

The NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME gives visitors access to thousands of exceptional private gardens throughout the country – including, of course, Norfolk and North Suffolk!

Its aim is to raise money for nursing and health charities, through admission fees, teas, and cake and – thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers, and visitors – has, over the years raised more than £67 million. To check out more details and to find which gardens are open and when, click here for their website: www.ngs.org.uk

 

 

OPEN GARDENS, UK NATIONAL DIRECTORY, was set up by a group of gardening enthusiasts who had the problem of finding the dates of open gardens in their area to avoid clashing with their own. It's aimed at smaller organised events and has now blossomed into a diary of open gardens throughout the country, handy for organisers and visitors! You can search for Norfolk, Suffolk or anywhere else in the UK by clicking on their website here: www.opengardens.co.uk

 

 

 

ST JOHN AMBULANCE can be seen at a wide variety of locations throughout the year and fundraising is vital. And, as part of that, thanks to the generosity of owners, it has its own OPEN GARDENS programme. To find out more about the programme and which gardens are open and when, click here: www.stjohnopengardensgmail.weebly.com

 

  

OUT AND ABOUT

NORFOLK:

If you’re looking for somewhere to go in Norfolk all year round, the County Council is behind a website which includes more than 300 activities and experiences. There’s everything from guided walks to new cycle paths, and craft activities to camping in historical churches! You can check it all out at benorfolk.co.uk

 

VISIT NORFOLK has a website which is well worth a look. General events, festivals, fairs and markets, and so the list goes on. You can discover it all at visitnorfolk.co.uk

 

 

The NORFOLK SHOWGROUND hosts a large number of events during the year. You can get more details at www.norfolkshowground.co.uk


CITY OF STORIES is a good way to describe Norwich...but how many of those stories do you know? The group, Visit Norwich promotes a whole variety of attractions in the city and is aimed, not only at tourists, but at locals as well! There's everything from the history to what's happening today. Check out their website visitnorwich.co.uk

 

 

NORWICH GHOSTS WALKS have been holding spooky walks around the City since 1998, complete with real-life stories of gruesome goings-on, mysterious visitations, tragic events through history and more. To find out more about the walks and the ghostly side of Norwich log onto ghostwalksnorwich.co.uk



 If you're looking for a festival to go to, the EAST ANGLIAN FESTIVAL NETWORK has listed more than 100 in Norfolk this year- everything from music, food and drink festivals to steam galas, carnivals, fun days and more. (You can also check out Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire as well!) Their website is eafn.co.uk

 

 

HARLESTON: If you want to know about what’s going on in Harleston, the Harleston Information Plus Charity has a host of details along with a calendar of events. It was first launched in 2003 with the aim of supporting local shops and businesses and promoting the town, its events, and attractions. It has more than 40 volunteers, with three part-time staff members. Check out more details – together with that calendar of events at Check out more details – together with that calendar of events at www.harleston-norfolk.org.uk

 

GT YARMOUTH: Are you looking for things to do around the GREAT YARMOUTH area? The Visit Great Yarmouth website has a wide variety of information covering Yarmouth and Gorleston and surrounding villages, along with the Broads and the Countryside and more. Check it out at visitgreatyarmouth.co.uk

 

MEDIEVAL GRAFFITI! There's more to graffiti than you might think - including the fact it's been around for centuries! You can still see medieval graffiti, if you know where to look, and Norfolk has its own award-winning survey on the subject. Check it out at medieval-graffiti.co.uk

 

NORTH NORFOLK is full of attractions, but where do you start? The Visit North Norfolk website is a good place. It covers things to do, things to see, places to explore, the beaches, the history and much more. The website is visitnorthnorfolk.com

 

SHOEBOX COMMUNITY HUB: If you fancy a walk in Norwich…or even under Norwich, the city’s Shoebox Community Hub in Castle Meadow organises a variety of local history walks – including tours of a hidden street between the Market and the Norman Keep which is directly under their office! The money raised from the tours helps towards their community work. Check out their tours and more by clicking onto their website here: www.theshoebox.org.uk

PRESERVATION GROUPS

The ENGLISH HERITAGE charity cares for historic buildings, monuments, and sites all around the country. Norwich's Cow Tower, which is managed by the city council, is one of the sites under its umbrella. Others around the area include the Castle and Priory at Castle Acre; Grimes Graves near Brandon; the Castle at Castle Rising; Thetford Priory; the Castle Roman forts at Burgh Castle and Caister-on-Sea and so the list continues! For details check out www.english-heritage.org.uk (See also – National Trust)

 

The NATIONAL TRUST charity aims to protect and promote local heritage and natural landscapes. It covers houses and buildings, gardens, countryside, and woodland and more. Locally just some of the places they are responsible for include the halls at Blickling, Felbrigg and Oxburgh; Sheringham Park, Morston Quay, Blakeney Nature Reserve, the estate at Brancaster...and so the list goes on! For full details log onto nationaltrust.org.uk (See also English Heritage)

 

 

The NORWICH SOCIETY is an independent community-based charity, supporting the preservation, development and improvement of features of historic interest in the City. It encourages the exploration and enjoyment of Norwich’s history through a range of talks, walks and other events, as well as regular publications. For more details check out their website thenorwichsociety.org.uk

 

 

SCAMS...BEING AWARE

SCAM ALERT! To find warnings of some of the latest scams in Norfolk - and for advice on who to contact if you think there's a scam - check out Norfolk Trading Standards.

For business scam alerts go to www.norfolk.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/scams/business-alerts

For consumer scam alerts log onto www.norfolk.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/scams/consumer-alerts

To report possible scams, the Citizen's Advice Bureau has a special freephone helpline 0808 223 1133. Action Fraud, the UK national fraud office, can be called on 0300 123 2040. Citizen's Advice also has a special section on their website with advice on organisations to call, including the police immediately on 101 if the scammer is in your area or if you've transferred money to the scammer in the last 24 hours. (If you feel threatened or unsafe, call 999.) Check out citizensadvice.org.uk

SCHOOL EMERGENCY CLOSURES - NORFOLK

Norfolk County Council compiles a list of school closures, along with libraries, museums, Norfolk Record Office and recycling centres. Check out disruptions.norfolk.gov.uk

SCHOOL EMERGENCY CLOSURES - SUFFOLK
SCHOOL TERM DATES - NORFOLK

Some schools may vary, but generally to find term dates for schools in Norfolk log onto www.norfolk.gov.uk/education-and-learning/schools/term-dates-and-school-holidays

SCHOOL TERM DATES - SUFFOLK
SPORTS (AND KEEPING ACTIVE)

ACTIVE NORFOLK works with different groups across the county to promote the benefits of staying active, whether it's at home or outdoors. If you fancy having a go at something, but don't know what, they even have a special "Activity finder". For full details, click here to log onto their website: activenorfolk.org

 

BOWLS:

Thorpe Recreation Bowling Club is an outdoor bowls club which operates in the summer months. It takes part in various leagues, along with internal competitions, and often hosts County games and touring teams. The club – which is based at the Recreation ground in Laundry Lane – has social members as well as playing members and holds social evenings throughout the year. They welcome new members and if you’d like more details phone 01603 435411

 

KORFBALL: In case you think it's a new game, Korfball was invented in the Netherlands in the early 1900s....and has been played in Norfolk since 1991. It has similarities to basketball and netball but is a game in its own right, and described as a fun, fast mixed gender team sport with eight players in a team. Norfolk has a league of three divisions with five major clubs, Norwich City...Norwich Knights...Norwich ICE... Dragons...and UEA. Useful websites to find out more include www.nckc.co.uk and the Norfolk Korfball Association  at www.norfolkkorfball.co.uk

 

ORIENTEERING: The Norfolk Orienteering Club has about 200 members and they organise events throughout the county. If you’ve never tried the sport or just want to get out into the countryside for a run or walk with a bit of a navigational challenge, they welcome you to go along and give it a go. They have routes for varying ages and abilities and newcomers and families are very welcome. They also have help for beginners.  If you’d like more details, check out their website www.norfolkoc.co.uk


PETANQUE: The Norwich Pétanque Club meets on Wednesday evenings at The Cottage in Thunder Lane, Thorpe. They have more than 70 members, new players are always welcome and if you've never played it, they let you give it a go! For more details check out their website www.norwich-petanque.co.uk

 

PICKLE BALL: How do you fancy having a go at "Pickle Ball"? It's played on a quarter-sized tennis court with a lower net and has been described as a cross between tennis, badminton, and ping pong. We have local groups from Lowestoft and Gorleston to Cromer…Dereham to Norwich…Hingham, Carlton Rode…Lyng and so the list goes on! Check it out at Check it out at www.pickleballengland.org

 

RUNNING: Norfolk has more than 20 running clubs - so, whether you're a seasoned pro or a complete beginner - there's a good selection if you'd like to join one! The Run Norwich group has the details. Check out runnorwich.co.uk (Click on "Community" and then "Join a Running Club")

 

TRIATHLON: If you want to take up a sport but not sure which one, then how about mixing them up? The British Triathlon Group is the national governing body not only for triathlon where you do three sports in one – typically swimming, cycling and long-distance running - but also variations where you just do two! Local clubs include ones based in Norwich, Gt Yarmouth, Beccles, Dereham, Holt and King’s Lynn and you can find their details along with a host of other triathlon information by clicking here for the British Triathlon website: www.britishtriathlon.org


WALKING: If you enjoy a walk with other people, there are a whole series of walking clubs around the city and county and the group "Walking in England" has a contact list for more than 30 of them! You can also download free walks. Check it out at walkinginengland.co.uk Also check out the Active Norfolk website. They hold regular health walks. activenorfolk.org

 

WALKING AND CYCLING: The Norfolk Trails network has more than 1200 miles of walks, cycle and bridle routes across the County with everything from short and circular walks to long distance. (You can even walk the Boudicca Way from Norwich to Diss...) Check out norfolk.gov.uk and search Norfolk Trails.

 

WALKING FOOTBALL: If you fancy playing football at a leisurely pace, walking football could be the way forward with various male and female teams in the area. A good way of finding out more about that and other ways to play football locally is via the Norfolk FA website, norfolkfa.com (Click on "Players" and then "Ways to Play")


THEATRE AND GETTING INVOLVED.

The Norwich Players, based at the Maddermarket, are always on the lookout for new talent. They put on several shows each year with anything from Shakespeare to new productions. Rehearsals are held in the city…usually over a seven-to-eight-week period and mainly on weekday evenings. There’s no membership to join or subscription to pay. If you’d like to audition or to find out more details check out the Maddermarket website maddermarket.co.uk (Each year, about 100 different actors appear in productions and about 40 per cent make their Maddermarket debut!)

THEATRES AND VENUES - NORWICH

NORWICH ARTS CENTRE is housed in the 14th century St Swithin’s Church in St Benedict’s Street. It moved in in 1980 and is home for a wide variety of shows from up and coming talent to established entertainers. For full details check out norwichartscentre.co.uk

 

THE GARAGE TRUST is a Norfolk-based performing arts charity which runs arts centres in Norwich and King’s Lynn. (In King’s Lynn it’s called The Workshop). It runs dance, drama and music classes, runs a wide variety of community projects, supports new talent and more – including, of course, putting on shows. The Garage in Norwich is based in Chapel Field North. Their phone number is 01603 283382 and you can check out their website by clicking here: www.thegarage.org.uk  The Workshop in King’s Lynn is in Conduit Street. Their phone number is 01553 277919 and you can check their website here: www.theworkshop.org.uk


THE HALLS (Closed until Spring 2025 for renovation works)"The Halls" in St.Andrew's Plain incorporates St Andrew's Hall, Blackfriars' Hall and smaller areas including a crypt and cloisters. They regularly host concerts and more. Check out thehallsnorwich.com

 

THE MADDERMARKET is a 300-seater community theatre which hosts both professional and amateur entertainers and is the home theatre of the Norwich Players. Shows can include everything from stand-up comedy to hair-raising rock! The theatre also works with local and national arts organisations, schools, charities and community groups. To find out more and to check out the shows, the box office number is 01603 620917 and the website is maddermarket.co.uk

 

NORWICH PLAYHOUSE in St George's Street, celebrated its 25th anniversary as a theatre in 2020. It has 300 seats and entertainment includes live music and performing arts. It also has a beer garden and two galleries. For more details of events, log onto norwichtheatre.org (Alongside the river, the building dates back to the late 19th century and was once used as a maltings)

 

NORWICH PUPPET THEATRE in Whitefriars, has been running for more than 40 years at its home in a medieval church. Apart from shows, the theatre has activities and workshops for all ages. It has its own theatre company and a team that visits schools and groups around the county. For more details, phone 01603 629921 or check out their website puppettheatre.co.uk (Incidentally, it's one of only three building-based puppet theatres in England!)

 

THE SEWELL BARN THEATRE COMPANY is an “in house” drama group which puts on a variety of plays throughout the year. It’s based at the Barn at Sewell Park Academy in Constitution Hill in Norwich. The group has an information line, 01603 418803 and the website is www.sewellbarn.org (The barn was originally owned by Philip Sewell, brother of “Black Beauty” author Anna Sewell. From being a hay barn, it became a theatre during the First World War, and a bicycle shed for girls in the days of the old Blyth School. The Sewell Barn Theatre has been there since the 1970s.)

 

NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL. Apart from the main theatre itself, the Theatre Royal in Norwich also has “Stage Two” – a fully equipped 120-seater which, apart from shows, is also used as rehearsal studios and training spaces. For details of shows at both venues AND Norwich Playhouse, go to norwichtheatre.org

 

The UEA LCR is a live music venue on the university campus and is linked with The Waterfront – now with sponsorship, named The Adrian Flux Waterfront – in King Street. Both are run by the Union of UEA Students. For details and tickets for both, and to check other venues they work with, log onto ueaticketbookings.co.uk

TRAINS - ALL ABOARD FOR HERITAGE RAILWAYS!

BARTON HOUSE is a miniature ride-on railway set in a spacious garden alongside the River Bure in Wroxham and in 2023 celebrated its 60th anniversary. It has two trains, a full-size signalling system and authentic tickets along with a rail museum and refreshments. One way to reach it is by electric boat from near Wroxham Bridge. For opening times and more information, check out their website bhrw.org.uk

 

The BURE VALLEY RAILWAY is a narrow-gauge steam trip between Aylsham and Wroxham. It takes about 45 minutes one way and is a return journey of 18 miles. Check out their website bvrw.co.uk

 

BRESSINGHAM STEAM AND GARDENS opened in 1961 and became a charity in the early 70s. It has more than three miles of railway, along with a museum collection...a 19th century Gallopers carousel...more than 17 acres of gardens...and more. It's also the official home of a Dad's Army exhibition belonging to the Appreciation Society. For full details the website is bressingham.co.uk

 

EATON PARK miniature railway in Norwich is run by the Norwich and District Society of Model Engineers and has been a feature of the park since the 1950s. It has grown over the years and has helped the society raise thousands of pounds for local charities. They currently have about 100 members, but are always keen to attract other enthusiasts. To find out more about the Society and the railway, check out their website at www.ndsme.org


 

The MID-NORFOLK RAILWAY has its headquarters in Dereham at a Victorian station which has been restored to the way it would have looked in the 1950s. It has several stations under its wing, from the 1930s, County Station at North Elmham to Wymondham Abbey. The train line does not yet run to them all, but it is expanding all the time. Check it out at www.midnorfolkrailway.co.uk



The MID-SUFFOLK LIGHT RAILWAY is described as Suffolks’ only standard gauge heritage railway. It’s based at Brockford Station at Wetheringsett (IP14 5PW) and includes a museum, a shop and steam trip open days. Find out more by clicking here: www.mslr.org.uk


The NORTH NORFOLK RAILWAY - also known as the Poppy Line - runs between Sheringham and Holt...taking in coastal scenery along the way. The route first took passengers back in 1844. The current railway has been growing since the mid-1970s... For full details nnrailway.co.uk

 

The WHITWELL AND REEPHAM RAILWAY first opened in 1882 as part of the Midland and Great Northern branch line from Melton Constable. It closed to passengers in 1959 and was reopened 50 years later as a heritage station. Nowadays it can boast regular train trips along with a collection of diesel and steam engines, trucks, and carriages and more together with gardens and a café. For full details check out their website by clicking here: www.whitwellstation.com

The WELLS AND WALSINGHAM LIGHT RAILWAY is a narrow-gauge steam railway launched in 1982 as the longest of its kind in the world. It follows the course of the old Great Eastern Line and runs for four miles between Wells and Walsingham. It also has a signal box café at the Wells Station. Check out details by clicking here for their website: www.wwlr.co.uk   


 

TRAVEL NORFOLK - ONE-STOP FOR GETTING AROUND THE COUNTY

Norfolk County Council has a website to help people get around the county more easily with all travel information and a journey planner in one place. Check out Travel Norfolk at www.travelnorfolk.co.uk

 

VOLUNTEERING

If you’re looking to be a volunteer, but not sure what for… the COMMUNITIES TEAM at VOLUNTARY NORFOLK run a special website for local charities to advertise vacancies. You'll find it at getinvolvednorfolk.org.uk

 

Voluntary Norfolk not only supports volunteers and voluntary organisations throughout the county, but it teams up with other groups to help in many other ways as well – from employment support if you’re out of work to emotional and practical support if you’re an unpaid carer…lonely…isolated, and more. And that’s just a tip of the iceberg! Find out more via their website, voluntarynorfolk.org.uk


 

The charity CORAM VOICE looks for volunteers to befriend and support children in care across Norfolk. It works in partnership with Norfolk County Council to provide an 'Independent Visitor' service where volunteers meet with a young person, at least once a month. It’s usually for a couple of hours at a time for activities and outings to help them build their confidence and self-esteem. Volunteers are also there to listen to any issues or concerns the young person wants to discuss. 

Independent Visiting is a long-term, one to one commitment. Volunteers must be over 18 and will be subject to enhanced police checks. Full training and ongoing support will be given, and out of pocket expenses will be paid for mileage and activities.  For more information email norfolk@coramvoice.org.uk or visit www.coramvoice.org.uk and select current vacancies.

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