People Share Their Reasons to Love West Norfolk

People in Hunstanton and King’s Lynn shared their reasons to love West Norfolk when the Love West Norfolk campaign went out and about.

In Hunstanton, on 27th March, town councillors got behind the campaign, explaining why they love West Norfolk. For Hunstanton’s Mayor, Cllr Adrian Winnington, it’s the ‘seaside, countryside and fantastic wildlife’ whilst Deputy Mayor Cllr Amanda Bosworth loves the ‘constantly changing sea and sky.’

Local businesses were also keen to get involved, as well as Hunstanton Library which has a Love West Norfolk themed display. And, members of the public shared their thoughts on what makes West Norfolk so special, including Mr and Mrs Cornwell who said: ‘Beautiful scenery, peace and quiet, friendly people, and not on the way to anywhere.’

Jo Maule, Locality Manager with Community Action Norfolk who was out and about in Hunstanton as part of Love West Norfolk said: “It was great to see the passion people have for the local area, whether they were born here or moved here, and how keen everyone is to share this with other parts of the country.”

Meanwhile the Vancouver Quarter played host to Love West Norfolk on 29th March when organisers got to meet shoppers and find out why they love West Norfolk. KL.FM also came along to find out people’s reasons for loving West Norfolk.

Amongst the reasons people shared were: ‘being by the sea’, ‘the history,’ and because it’s ‘compact, friendly and has everything you want’.

Season Lanckmans, Marketing Coordinator with the College of West Anglia, was part of the Love West Norfolk team meeting people in King’s Lynn. She said: “Love West Norfolk is not just about celebrating the area; it’s about the people who live here and call it home. Hearing and sharing their stories today has been a wonderful opportunity to find out what makes us different as individuals, but united as a community.”

Anyone who wants to share why they love West Norfolk can get involved online via:

West Norfolk Books to Love

West Norfolk has provided literary inspiration for a number of authors and to coincide with the launch of the The Norfolk Great Big Read, the local library team has recommended books which offer another reason to #lovewestnorfolk.

Alison Thorne, the Community Librarian in Dersingham, Hunstanton, and King’s Lynn Libraries is passionate about promoting local literary work. She said: “West Norfolk is not only home to a number of authors, it also provides the setting for gripping plotlines and interesting characters.

“The beautiful coast and countryside, and the bustling towns, can provide a fantastic setting to tell a compelling story. We are so proud of all the stories which writers share about our area.”

West Norfolk’s literary scene is busy with regular readings by well known local authors such as Elly Griffiths, and the King’s Lynn Literary Festival which takes place in March and boasts an impressive line-up.

The recommendations were made to coincide with the launch of The Norfolk Great Big Read which aims to encourage everyone to pick up a book, Kerry Murray, Library Locality Manager for West and North Norfolk said: “We have fantastic libraries over here in West Norfolk, they are great community resources. Not only do they encourage reading but they also allow people to connect and meet with others at the events we hold. Our libraries really are another reason to love West Norfolk.”

Alison’s personal recommendations of West Norfolk-based authors, or books set in the local area, are:

Elly Griffiths – The Crossing Places

First in the Ruth Galloway series all set in West Norfolk – tenth title came out in February.

When a child’s bones are found near an ancient site that archaeologist Ruth Galloway worked on ten years earlier, she is asked to date them. DCI Harry Nelson hopes they are the bones of a girl, Lucy, who’s been missing for ten years. When another girl goes missing, Nelson realises Ruth’s expert knowledge is putting her in danger.

Jim Kelly – Death Wore White

First in the Shaw and Valentine series set in West Norfolk

At 5.15 p.m. Harvey Ellis was trapped – stranded in a line of eight cars by a blizzard on a Norfolk coast road. At 8.15 p.m. Harvey Ellis was dead – viciously stabbed at the wheel of his truck. His killer has achieved the impossible: striking without being seen, and without leaving a single footprint in the snow. For DI Peter Shaw and DS George Valentine it’s only the start of an infuriating investigation. The crime scene is melting, the murderer has vanished, the witnesses are dropping like flies. And the body count is on the rise .

James Nicol – Apprentice Witch

Arianwyn fluffs her witch’s assessment – instead of qualifying, she’s declared an apprentice and sent to remote Lull in disgrace. Then her arch-enemy, mean girl Gimma, arrives on holiday determined to make her life a misery. But as a mysterious darkness begins to haunt her spells, Arianwyn realizes there’s much more than her pride at stake.

Stephen Fry – Hippopotamus

Ted Wallace is an old, sour, womanising, cantankerous, whisky-sodden beast of a failed poet and drama critic, but he has his faults too. Fired from his newspaper, months behind on his alimony payments and disgusted with a world that undervalues him, Ted seeks a few months repose and free drink at Swafford Hall, the country mansion of his old friend Lord Logan. But strange things have been going on at Swafford. Miracles. Healings. Phenomena beyond the comprehension of a mud-caked hippopotamus like Ted. With this funny and deliciously readable novel, Stephen Fry takes his place as one of the most talented comic novelists of his generation.

West Norfolk Students’ World-Changing Ideas

Schoolchildren from across West Norfolk had the opportunity to come up with world-changing ideas at a special event taking place as part of the Love West Norfolk campaign.

The event, which took place at Providence Street Community Centre on 13th March, was led by 7 Billion Ideas, an internationally known ideas company which inspires young people to think big and dream big.

Throughout the course of an action packed and fun day, the children were able to think entrepreneurially, brainstorming a vast array of ideas before developing a number of concepts. The years six, seven and eight students were then able to showcase their ideas, using posters and videos, to their teachers and representatives of the Love West Norfolk campaign.

David Harkin, CEO of 7 Billion Ideas said: “What an amazing day. The students of West Norfolk have truly demonstrated that they have amazing imaginations with the creation of their ideas which could change the world. Throughout the day the students created and then developed their ideas. They made posters, prototypes, jingles and presentations to help articulate their ideas. The level of innovation in the room was outstanding and West Norfolk should be excited to see the talent of the next generation of entrepreneurs in this region. It was a huge pleasure to be part of this event.”

The day took place as part of the Love West Norfolk campaign which aims to celebrate West Norfolk and increase pride in the local area. The event was supported by the College of West Anglia, one of the partners behind the Love West Norfolk campaign. David Pomfret, Principal, said: “CWA were delighted to support the West Norfolk Students’ World-Changing Ideas project led by 7 Billion Ideas.  This inclusive day brought young people together, untapped their creative talents and inspired them to aspire to great futures.”

The day was attended by students from Fairstead Primary School, Marshland High School, Springwood High School, and Eastgate Academy, amongst others.

People Invited to Share Why They Love West Norfolk

People in West Norfolk are being invited to share why they Love West Norfolk at three events taking place across the district.

Organisers behind the Love West Norfolk campaign are working in conjunction with  Downham Market Town Council, Hunstanton Town Council, and the Vancouver Centre to find out just what it is that makes West Norfolk so special to people.

There will also be an opportunity for people to take part in a Love West Norfolk ‘selfie’ and publicly celebrate their pride in the area.

The dates are:

  • Friday 16th March, 9.30am – 11.30am – Downham Market: Love West Norfolk organisers will be in the market place on the day of the St Winnold’s Parade;
  • Tuesday 27th March, 2pm – 4pm – Hunstanton: there will be opportunities for people to share why they Love West Norfolk, with further details to be announced on social media;
  • Thursday 29th March 1pm – 3pm – Vancouver Centre: KL.FM will also be popping along to find out why people in King’s Lynn Love West Norfolk.

A representative of Downham Market Town Council said, “Downham Market Town Council support the Love West Norfolk initiative and it is great to have them at our annual civic event, the St Winnolds Parade. Whilst we celebrate over 970 years of markets in Downham Market it is great to see this initiative focused on supporting and promoting the area”.

Adrian Winnington, Mayor of Hunstanton commented: “I love the proximity of seaside and countryside with all their fantastic wildlife.  I love the fact that so many people give their time freely to help other people and organisations.  Living in Hunstanton, I love our unique striped cliffs and our superb sunsets over The Wash.”

Abbie Panks, Centre Manager of Vancouver Centre, said: “We are glad to be hosting the Love West Norfolk team in the Shopping Centre, as someone who has grown up in West Norfolk it’s heartening to see that so many people are coming forward to talk about what they love about the area, there is much to celebrate about West Norfolk and we are looking forward to hearing from even more people on 29th March.”

The Bishop of Lynn Loves West Norfolk

The Rt. Rev’d. Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn has lent his support to the Love West Norfolk campaign. He said:

“Since coming to West Norfolk as Bishop nearly seven years ago, I have come to value both the place and people. I love the down to earth reality, the fabulous sunsets and sunrises and the warmth and welcome I have received everywhere”.

Bishop Jonathan was consecrated as a bishop by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 2011 and installed in Norwich Cathedral on 29 June 2011.

Share Why You Love West Norfolk at Vancouver Centre Event

People in King’s Lynn will have the opportunity to share why they Love West Norfolk when representatives from the campaign are at the Vancouver Centre on 1st March.

Between 1pm and 3pm, Love West Norfolk organisers will be asking shoppers what they love about West Norfolk with a ‘selfie’ sign or video.

Also on hand will be KL.FM who will be recording what people love about West Norfolk.

Jo Maule, Locality Manager of Community Action Norfolk, one of the partners in the campaign explained: “It has been fantastic to hear from so many people through the media and our social media channels who have shared why they love West Norfolk.

“Now, we want to get out and about in the area and find out from people what is that makes West Norfolk so special to them. If you’re in King’s Lynn on 1st March, please do pop along and get involved.”

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Centre Manager said: “We are glad to be hosting the Love West Norfolk team in the Shopping Centre, as someone who has grown up in West Norfolk it’s heartening to see that so many people are coming forward to talk about what they love about the area, there is much to celebrate about West Norfolk and we are looking forward to hearing from even more people on 1st March.”

To find out more about the campaign, please visit Facebook: LoveWestNorfolk Twitter: @LoveWestNorfolk Instagram: love_west_norfolk or www.lovewestnorfolk.co.uk

Show You #lovewestnorfolk Through Volunteering

One way in which people can show their love for West Norfolk is through volunteering.

This is the message from Community Action Norfolk, a leading charity which supports the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Norfolk.

Community Action Norfolk, which is a key partner in the #lovewestnorfolk campaign, says that there are over 1,000 voluntary and community sector organisations currently based in the West Norfolk CCG area, some 600 of which are registered charities.

Which means that West Norfolk benefits from an abundance of volunteers who are making a difference to many good causes – as well as numerous more opportunities for volunteering.

Jo Maule, Locality Manager for Community Action Norfolk said: “West Norfolk is blessed with hundreds of home-grown voluntary organisations that do amazing things to show their love for West Norfolk.  Every person who volunteers in our community helps make sure it is a great place to live for as many people as possible.

“To these local heroes we want to say a huge thank you.  Through this fantastic campaign we would also love to see more local people pledge to show their love for West Norfolk through volunteering, however much time they are able to spare.”

In West Norfolk, about 8% of the population in the Borough of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk engage in voluntary work, meaning that many people are already involved with good causes in the community.

Jo added: “Volunteering is hugely beneficial – both to the charity which is able  to access the skills and knowledge and support which the individual is providing, and to the volunteer who can learn new skills, meet new people, and really feel that they are making a difference in their community.

“People in West Norfolk have always shown such generosity with their time. If anyone is thinking about how they can show their love for West Norfolk, we would highly recommend volunteering.”

Anyone wishing to know more can find information about local volunteering opportunities locally on the Ask Lily volunteering page: http://asklily.org.uk/kb5/westnorfolk/cd/community.page?communitychannel=8  Further information about opportunities across Norfolk and support is also available from Voluntary Norfolk https://www.voluntarynorfolk.org.uk/volunteering/

Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway Support Love West Norfolk Campaign

Renowned designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway have got behind the Love West Norfolk campaign.

The couple, who were the founders of famous fashion brand Red or Dead, now run Hemingway Design, delivering varied work in urban design, furniture, fashion, interiors, exhibitions, and the arts.

Wayne and Gerardine have links to West Norfolk, having worked with Freebridge Community Housing on the Hillington Square redesign in King’s Lynn. The estate is undergoing a dramatic transformation, offering modern, high quality homes.

Wayne and Gerardine said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed our years working on the re-imagining of Hillington Square in Kings Lynn. We have got to know the beautiful town and always get a warm welcome. We have even started to enjoy that long train journey from London and all the lovely towns it passes through as you approach Kings Lynn”.

Stephen Fry backs West Norfolk

Writer, actor, presenter, and comedian Stephen Fry has lent his support to a new campaign which celebrates West Norfolk.

The renowned broadcaster, famous for work such as QI, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster and Peter’s Friends, amongst many more, is a former student of the College of West Anglia, and retains a house in the area. Of West Norfolk, he said:

“If Norfolk is the secret jewel of England, then West Norfolk is the secret jewel of Norfolk. Beauty, hills, character, glorious towns, villages and countryside, hills! country pubs, funny, fabulous people, hills! seaside, lavender, hills!

“Ok, I lied about the hills. But there are slopes and rises to the ground that almost amount to hills. Truly.”

Mr Fry’s comments come after the Love West Norfolk campaign launched at the beginning of January.

The campaign, which aims to increase pride and aspiration in the area, is offering people the opportunity to share what they love about West Norfolk in a range of ways, including through social media and events. The purpose is to publicly celebrate all that West Norfolk has to offer, and find out what makes West Norfolk so special – feedback which will help to influence how the area is promoted in future.

Love West Norfolk Campaign Launches

A new campaign celebrating all that West Norfolk has to offer has launched.

‘Love West Norfolk’ aims to create pride and aspiration within the local area and give people a voice on what they believe makes the area so special.

The campaign is being headed up by key community leaders, including the Chief Executive and Leader of the Borough Council, and the Chief Executives of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the College of West Anglia, Freebridge Community Housing, Community Action Norfolk, and the Clinical Commissioning Group. It is also supported by Norfolk County Council.

Through Love West Norfolk, people will be able to share their views on what they love about the area via social media and events. Companies will  also be getting involved and will be running consultation and engagement activities for employees and customers to share what they think sets West Norfolk apart.

The leaders behind the campaign explained why the Love West Norfolk campaign is so important:

Councillor Brian Long, Leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk said: “I so often read that King’s Lynn and West Norfolk is a ‘hidden gem’, with beautiful coastlines, stunning rural villages and a wealth of history and heritage.  Now it’s time west Norfolk stopped hiding its light under a bushel.  It’s time for us all to start showcasing the wonderful things that west Norfolk has to offer. It’s time we all realised how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful, vibrant place.  It’s time to stop taking for granted what we see every day and time we all started telling the world why west Norfolk is such a great place.”

Tony Hall, Chief Executive of Freebridge Community Housing and Chair of West Norfolk Strategy Group which brings all the leaders together said: “West Norfolk is a fantastic place to live, work and play in. I hope this initiative will remind everyone what a fantastic area it is and encourage people to apply for jobs or consider setting up businesses here”.

David Pomfret, Principal/Chief Executive, College of West Anglia added: “I love West Norfolk because of its wonderful countryside and coastal areas, heritage and historical architecture.  However, above all else, I opted to work in West Norfolk and stay in West Norfolk because of the passion and commitment of local business leaders to work together to make a positive difference.”

And here’s how people can get involved:

  • Follow and get involved via the social media channels, Twitter: @LoveWestNorfolk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoveWestNorfolk/ Instagram: love_west_norfolk Tell us what you love about West Norfolk using the hashtag #lovewestnorfolk
  • You can also share your pictures of West Norfolk across our social media channels using the hashtag #lovewestnorfolk And we will soon be announcing details of a photography competition.
  • Share your views on what you love about West Norfolk via the website lovewestnorfolk.co.uk You will also find latest news here.
  • Get involved in Love West Norfolk day on 14th February, an opportunity to celebrate West Norfolk across social media. During the day, we want you to share your views, your pictures and your stories about West Norfolk using the hashtag #lovewestnorfolk
  • We are also looking for good news stories and case studies which we can share. If you would like to get involved, please contact us via one of our social media channels.
  • Come along to one of the community consultation events which will be taking place in King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Hunstanton, dates of which will be confirmed shortly.
  • If you are a business, charity or organisation operating in West Norfolk, you can get involved too and we have a toolkit and resources available. Please get in touch via our social media channels.
  • In March, there will also be a very special event for schools, allowing young people to get involved as well.

At the end of March 2018, all the feedback and ideas generated during the campaign will be collated. A report will then be produced for the leaders to determine how to promote and market West Norfolk regionally and nationally.