Friday Focus: Alex Stickels – Support Group Leader, Hunstanton Fibromyalgia Support Group

Alex Stickels

How long have you been involved in your organization and what made you create it? I started the King’s Lynn Support Group in December 2013, when I found out that there wasn’t one in that area. I found a support group in Sittingbourne in Kent to be very beneficial to myself and the local community and I wanted to be able to help people up here when I moved into the area. The King’s Lynn group was held after hours in Hanse House, along the South Quay, where my partner … Continue reading

Friday Focus: John Crofts, Headmaster at Glebe House School

John- Crofts of Glebe House School, Hunstanton

Now the children have returned to school many of us are focussed on getting back to the normal school rythym so its an ideal time to introduce John Crofts, Headmaster at Glebe House School. How long have you been involved in Glebe House School and what made you join the organisation? I became Headmaster in January 2005 when I moved from being Deputy Head at Bedford School in search of my first Headship. What was/is your primary motivator for doing this role? A desire to run my own ‘ship’. What … Continue reading

Friday Focus: Debbie Harrington of Norfolk Home & Garden

Debbie Harrington of Norfolk Home and Garden

Meet Debbie Harrington, owner/operator of Norfolk Home and Garden in the centre of Hunstanton High Street. How long have you been involved in your organization? The shop will have been open 4 years in November. Were you already in this part of West Norfolk or did you move here to take up your role? I moved to Hunstanton just over 7 years ago from Wisbech. I started the business by exhibiting at various shows and events around the country for 3 years. Although that was a lot of fun and … Continue reading

Friday Focus: Tess Gilder at Park House Hotel

Tess Gilder, Manager at Park House Hotel, Sandringham

Her Majesty The Queen made Park House available to Leonard Cheshire Disability, the UK’s leading charity supporting disabled people, and the hotel received its first guests in 1987.  Park House is an award winning Country House Hotel for people with disabilities/ Frailty with or without companions/family/carers.  Park House is set amidst the rolling parkland of the Royal Sandringham Estate and is the birthplace and childhood home of Princess Diana. The unique feature of Park house is they have their own in-house team of care staff to help facilitate the holiday … Continue reading

Friday Focus: Jenny & Helen at The Princess Theatre

Jenny Chapman - Volunteer Steward at The Princess Theatre

When the Princess Theatre was put out to private tender by the Borough Council it hit some difficulties on its road to finding a way forward to establish it for years to come. Thanks to a local consortium and support from a team of volunteers the theatre continues to operate. But who are the volunteers who support the smooth running of the theatre and, indeed, help ensure we still have a theatre? Meet Jenny Chapman, Volunteer Steward.  Jenny, overseen by Helen Baxter, Box Office Manager manages the work of the … Continue reading

Friday Focus: Lisa Powell, Town Clerk at Hunstanton Town Council

Lisa Powell - Hunstanton Town Clerk - photo by Elaine Bird

How long have you been involved in Hunstanton Town Council and what made you join? I joined the Town Council nearly 10 years ago as Deputy Clerk but became Clerk within a few months. I had always had an interest in politics and was very involved in community groups so this seemed like my ideal job. Were you already in this part of West Norfolk or did you move here to take up your role? I moved to West Norfolk about 20 years ago from London but am originally from … Continue reading

Friday Focus: Kate Dunbar, Chairman of Henry Le Strange Community Orchard

Kate Dunbar - Chair of Henry Le Strange Community Orchard

How long have you been involved in the Community Orchard and what made you create it? Several people had mentioned to me that they would like to plant fruit trees in the town, so I decided to make it one of my missions when I became a town councillor. After careful research, I decided to do my best to make it happen and help plant a community orchard. That was four years ago now. Were you already in this part of West Norfolk or did you move here to take … Continue reading

Friday Focus: John Giller, JG DATA

John Giller of JG DATA

How long have you been involved in John Giller Drama and Theatre Academy (JG DATA) and what made you join/create/launch/purchase it? The John Giller Drama and Theatre Academy officially opened on the 1st January 2012 and was initially only in Hunstanton. However, within just six months it was evident that children outside the area wanted to join my academy too, so I opened my second academy in King’s Lynn. Were you already in this part of West Norfolk or did you move here to take up your role? I qualified … Continue reading