Open Day at Hunstanton Sailing Club

Hunstanton Sailing and Watersports Centre (Hunstanton Sailing Club) are once again having a Family and Friends Open Day on Sunday, 29 May 2016 – 10am till 4pm – to give as many young people a chance as possible to have a go at some great water activities. Watersports including sailing, socialising and a BBQ too. What a great way to sample what the club has to offer. The upstairs floor of Hunstanton Sailing Club is also due to open the same weekend now that work on it has been completed. … Continue reading

Twinning Hunstanton & USAF 67th Special Ops Squadron

For almost 60 years a memorial in the Esplanade Gardens was the only visible sign of the shared grief and heroism which united Hunstanton with the USAF 67th Squadron following the terrible 1953 floods.  However, when Flt Sgt Mark Service (official historian from RAF Sculthorpe) invited Hunstanton Civic Society to join together in commemorating the 60th anniversary of the USAF 67th (now based at Mildenhall) this resulted in welcoming the Squadron back to Hunstanton in a special way by giving them the Freedom of the Town (Saturday,4 October 2014) and has now … Continue reading

Heacham Fire Station Saved Now Firefighters Needed!

The “Save Heacham Fire Station” campaign, resulted in the retention of Heacham Fire Station for the benefit of our local communities.  During the campaign, Norfolk County Council received one of the highest responses to any public consultation on record as well as petitions against cuts to the Fire and Rescue Service.  Happily, Heacham Fire Station was saved as a result and now Heacham Fire Station NEEDS YOU and is now recruiting.  Come along to Heacham Fire Station  each Monday evening, 7.00-9.00pm to find out more. … Continue reading

A Tribute to Henry Le Strange and His Legacy

William Searle and Brian Holmes planning Henry Le Strange statue outside Golden Lion - photo by Mike Ruston

Reputed to be a kind landlord, liberal patron, a considerate master and generous to the town of Hunstanton, Henry Le Strange is a name on many lips in our town.  He held many a high office during his life including: Justice of the Peace Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk Sheriff of Norfolk Lord High Admiral of the Wash Captain 1st West Norfolk Militia 1852   A well respected landowner, Henry restored Hunstanton Hall making it his family home in Old Hunstaton following a period of decay spanning some 50 years.  Henry also restored … Continue reading

Grey and Dismal for Hunstanton Christmas Swim 2015

The drizzly, grey and dismal weather may have reduced the number of spectators at this year’s Hunstanton Christmas Swim but it it did not dampen the spirits of the swimmers.  Indeed, the warmer temperatures seen thus far this winter encouraged a fantastic number of swimmers to take part.  The tide was a long way out and the swimmers had to walk quite a distance from the beach before they could take their usual run into The Wash and satisfy the long standing traditions of the Hunstanton Swim. The Hunstanton Roundtable … Continue reading

He’s Behind You! Oh No He’s Not! Oh Yes He Is!

Pantomime season is in the air as the Christmas season draws nearer and we in West Norfolk are blessed – yes truly blessed – when it comes to pantomime. In 2010 the pantomime was cancelled in Hunstanton never to be seen again BUT as time has gone on Hunstanton now has not one but TWO pantomimes in 2015.  There is also the pantomime in Kings Lynn at the Corn Exchange.  So in West Norfolk we have THREE PANTOMIMES to enjoy this festive season. The pantomime line up for 2015 includes: Aladdin at … Continue reading

“Frozen” Christmas Cracker Theme for 2015!

The Hunstanton Chamber of Trade splinter group of 8-10 volunteers (who are not all local business owners) give up their time to organise Hunstanton Christmas Cracker.  The team works very hard to create a festive event for all the family and work starts in January! Year on year, the organisers continually try to improve and develop and this year is going to be packed with a lot of great new ideas.  A video and sound link from Greevegate to The Spinney is planned to provide entertainment, music and a countdown all day. There will also be a specific … Continue reading

Graduating to Intermediate Golf Trainee

Luke Harris explains the subtle size adjustments up and down of the various golf clubs - photo by Stella Gooch

The final “Get into Golf” beginner lesson (28 September 2015) with coach, Ray Stocker, came with the added support of Luke Harris. The importance of repairing the green was highlighted during the lesson and Ray expertly demonstrated how to put the green back to its former glory following an indentation made by a golf ball. We also learned that both Ray and Luke had, over time, adapted their golf grips to suit their personal golf style.  In particular, Luke preferred to reverse the norm and grip with his right hand … Continue reading

Macmillan Coffee Morning Especially for Ladies Who Golf!

Rachel Hodgkinson gets ready for Macmillan Coffee Morning on 7 Oct 2015 - photo courtesy of Rachel

Wednesday, 7 October 2015 – Macmillan Coffee Morning for Ladies Who Golf – Tee Off Time is 9.30am My recent interest in golf led me to meet with Rachel Hodgkinson, Heacham Manor Lady Golf Captain at Heacham Manor who tells me that Heacham Manor Golf Club is just 6 yrs old.  Rachel continues saying: “The course has developed over the years into a superb place to play with wonderful views and bird life to enhance the experience. What is particularly great is that Heacham Manor is a  modern and contemporary  active  golf club  … Continue reading

Bad Golfing Habits – No!

Ray Stocker demos putting on an indoor putting green - photo by Stella Gooch

On Monday, 21 September 2015 I turned up for my third “Get into Golf” lesson, delighted that my back problem had disappeared over the course of the week.  I was also quietly pleased that I had retained my “grip to die for” as Ray would say and my stance was still good. However, to my surprise, I was informed by Ray’s assistant coach, Luke, that I had a bad habit.  It transpired that this had started in week two.  It seems I was compensating for my back pain and had begun dragging my right foot across … Continue reading