Local Lynx No.129 December 2019/January 2020

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The community newspaper for 10 North Norfolk villages.


After a summer of cream tea outings (two to the walled

garden at Holkham, one to Wells Sailing Club and one to

Pensthorpe) and an impromptu bus trip to the seaside for our

day visitors, we're now having to think about the big one.

Yes, Christmas is a'coming and although we don't start as

early as some supermarkets we do have to plan ahead. It

started for us over the last weekend of November when we

had three things going on: a stall at Wells ChristmasTide, a

tree in the Wells Christmas Tree Festival and one of our

regular cake and produce stalls in Burnham Market.

Next there's another of the very popular Bingo nights

that are organised and run for us by our care staff. It's on

Thursday, 12 th December and, as usual, it will be held in

Heritage House from 6.30pm. The following weekend, the

14 th and 15 th , there's the 2019 Holkham Festive Food Fair

and once again Heritage House has been lucky enough to be

selected as the beneficiary charity. The format of the

weekend will be much the same as last year and there will

be two grand raffles with really excellent prizes - one each

day. Do come along if you can.

Later in the month, on the morning of Saturday 21 st ,

there's the last of our cake and produce stalls on The Green

in Burnham Market for this year. This is the main event, our

Christmas stall, and as always there will be plenty of cakes

and other festive fare to be had. Your chance to stock up

before the big day. Cakes will also feature largely in our

Grand Christmas Draw - and these are not just Christmas

cakes, they're Trevor Wright Christmas cakes (you may

remember the wonderful array of cakes he and Moira

produced this time last year)! They'll be the star items in the

festive hampers we're currently raffling. Tickets are on sale

now from Heritage House (01328 711333) and from Moira

Wright (07717 222332) and the draw will take place on

Wednesday, 18 th December. Go on, you might be lucky!

Happy Christmas.


Spring Term 2020

As some of you know our spring term normally starts

with a 7 week ‘long’ course beginning in late January.

Sadly, at the time of writing, that isn’t the case because

WEA has been unable to find us a course and tutor that we

think will appeal to our student group. If the situation

changes in the next couple of months we will, of course, do

our best to let you know but in the meantime we do have

two day schools organised for next term.

The first of these, ‘Country houses and their

Collections’; is on Saturday 25 th January when our tutor will

be Norwich-based art historian Dr. Kajsa Berg. By the 18 th

century, country houses such as Felbrigg, Holkham and

Houghton Hall held some of the most impressive art

collections in Britain. These were the product of a new

fashion for educating the young gentry by sending them on

a Grand Tour of Europe. There they honed their tastes and

emptied their pockets, bringing back paintings and

sculptures. This day school will explore the travels, tastes

and knowledge of the English gentleman as illustrated by

the owners of these and other great houses.

Our second day school will be held on Saturday, 7 th

March when Mark Felton will return to Wells to talk about

the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989 (details to follow

in the February/March issue). Both courses will be held in

the Friends Meeting House, Wells-next-the Sea. Each costs

£18 and they run from 9.45am until 4.00pm with a one hour

break for lunch.

You can enrol online now by going to www.wea.org.uk/

eastern and entering ‘Wells-next-the-Sea’ in the ‘town/

postcode’ box at the top of the page. This will take you to

the Wells courses. Click on the ‘view details’ button next to

the course required and then follow the ‘Enrol online’ link at

the bottom of the page. Alternatively - and some say more

easily – you can enrol by phoning 0300 303 3464. Or just

turn up on the day.

For help, advice or further details please contact Annie

Whitelaw on 07856 792186 or email




Notice of change of date:

To be held on Monday 6 th January 2020

Glaven Centre, Thistleton Court, Blakeney at 4pm

Our regular helpers are invited to nominate and vote

for members to the management committee. Please

contact Keith Barnes 01263 740762.

Members of the public are invited to attend.

Copies of the annual report are available on request.


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