A Double Dose of Panto!

Dragon from Princess & the Pea - photo courtesy of Hunstanton Pantomime

As most parents will find, it does get harder to inspire teenagers to want to attend a Christmas panto and recently I have been in that arena myself.  In the past few years I have let them off lightly but this year I made them attend TWO on the promise that this would be the last time.  Since my boys will be 16 and 14 next year it does seem right that they have more say. On Boxing Day we attended “Jack & the Beanstalk” at the Princess Theatre and on 29 Dec … Continue reading

Christmas Day Swim 2016

RNLI Wellie Boots on Hunstanton Beach at Christmas Day Swim 2016 - photo by Robbie Gooch

Photos by Robbie Gooch (except the RNLI crew photo which is by Stella Gooch) Video by Stella Gooch (in all its imperfections) The 2016 Christmas Swim was like no other for me in that I ended up participating!  Yes me who hates being cold and wet like nobody I know.  It happened quite by accident …  I decided to focus on trying out Facebook LIVE for this year’s Swim as my own camera had a problem and my son wanted to use his new Christmas present and take his own … Continue reading

Everybody Needs Independence Says Local Teenager!

There are a number of GREAT FUN fundraising events lined up to help a local teenager this month!  (Scroll down the article for more info) Sat, 22 Oct 2016 – 80s & 90s disco (at Heacham Public Hall) Sun, 23 Oct 2016 – Family Fun Day (at Hunstanton Community Centre) Local oranisations and residents are offering their support for this young teenager’s dream of independence.  Among the local groups showing support are Hunstanton Rock Choir and Hunstanton Rotary Club. Young Eboni (aged 14) is a local teenager who was diagnosed at an early … Continue reading

Resounding Support for Hunstanton Carnival 2016

With nothing but voluntary donations to keep Hunstanton Carnival growing, Cllr Steve Ellis, Graham Peel and Nicki Bowman have pulled off their best Carnival yet judging by the tremendous numbers filling the streets at this year’s Carnival.  The official opening of the 2016 Carnival which had a theme of “The Best of British” – was conducted by Hunstanton Mayor Cllr James Johnson supported by Carnival Queen, Makayla Rule, and her Princesses (Purity-Rose Ologhoejebi, Lily Rose, Eleanor Hollin and Zerrin Mitchell) and, of course, the ever popular Carnival Lion. Despite an overcast start, with somewhat … Continue reading

Vestments & Flowers Brighten Up Bank Holiday Weekend

Vestments and Flowers Festival Hunstanton - photo by Stella Gooch

St Edmunds Church in Hunstanton is all decked out in an array of colour this bank holiday weekend.  Vestments and floral arrangements depicting the churches liturgical year are on display from Saturday 28 May through to Monday, 30 May 2016. Tour around this beautiful and historic old church and learn about the roles of the church hierarchy from bishop to priest or deacon and the variety of garments worn in the numerous religious rituals carried out throughout the year. The concept of the event is a variation on a traditional … Continue reading

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

Drop in to find out about coastal sea defences

Outfall at Heacham Beach Summer 2013 - photo by Jemma Greef

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and the Environment Agency will be holding drop-in sessions to talk to local residents about coastal sea defences, and how those defences will be funded in future. Vital sea defences between Wolferton Creek and South Hunstanton will only be maintained in the future if the local community and its partners contribute towards the annual costs. At least £132,000 to £180,000 each year is needed to maintain the shingle ridge sea defences between Wolferton Creek and South Hunstanton. Staff from the borough … 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

Sleeping Beauty Graces Hunstanton

The film of Matthew Bourne’s live ballet “Sleeping Beauty” screened at Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre on 3 May 2016.  “SLEEPING BEAUTY” was created for the New Adventures 25th birthday celebrations and completed Bourne’s trio of re-imagined Tchaikovsky ballet masterworks beginning in 1992 with “Nutcracker!” followed in 1995, by the reknowned international hit “Swan Lake”. Matthew Bourne directed and choreographed the production working with several of his regular collaborators and New Adventures Associate Artists: Les Brotherston (set and costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Paul Groothuis (sound design).  It is not surprising Matthew … Continue reading