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

Lightening Does Strike Twice – Whale on Hunstanton Beach!

Sperm Whale Stranded on Hunstanton Beach off Hunstanton Lighthouse- photo by John Hocknell

These images are posted here with the kind permission of John Hocknell Since the incredible stranding of a whale on Hunstanton Beach on 22 January 2016 we have seen subsequent beachings across The Wash in Lincolnshire and just as things were settling down it happens again!  Who would have thought this terrible event could repeat itself so soon. Approximately 2 miles east from where the other sperm whale had beached and died (between Old Hunstanton and Holme-next-the-Sea) early on the morning of Thursday, 4 February 2016, history repeated itself. It … Continue reading

Majestic Whales Stranded off Hunstanton Beach, Norfolk and in Lincolnshire Too

Whale on Hunstanton Beach at Sunrise 23 Jan 2016 by Ben Green Photography

This image is posted here with the kind permission of Ben Green Photography.  It is an awesome sight and shows the expanse of a majestic sperm whale against the wondrous sunsets over The Wash. Some time during the evening of Friday, 22 January 2016 a pod of up to six male whales were spotted in the vicinity of Hunstanton Beach and one of the whales sadly became stranded at the foot of famous landmark Hunstanton Cliffs and subsequently died.  The alarm was raised by staff from Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary who battled in … Continue reading

Grey and Dismal for Hunstanton Christmas Swim 2015

A festive entry - photo by Stella Gooch

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

Octopuses Rescued from Heacham Beach by Hunstanton Sea Life Experts

Octopus on Heacham Beach

Hunstanton Sea Life marine experts race to rescue two beached octopuses on Heacham Beach On Tuesday, 15 December 2015, two lesser octopuses, a species more often found around the Scottish coast and west coast of England, were found high and dry, several metres from the tide edge on adjacent beaches in the Norfolk resort of Heacham…and by different people! One was discovered by visiting caravan owner 62-year-old Sue Bailey of College Street, Irthlingborough, Northampton when she nipped to the beach after closing up her caravan for the winter. “I’ve found all … Continue reading

Christmas Cracker Against All Odds!

One family's visit to Santa's Grotto at the Princess Theatre - photo by Stella Gooch

Whilst many other towns/villages cancelled their Christmas light switch on (including Burnham Market), Hunstanton Christmas Cracker went ahead against all the odds. Although the weather was highly challenging the plucky organisers soon adapted to the trying conditions as the fierce wind and rain took over. The event’s usual “stage” was rendered useless by the wind thus the Hunstanton Community Choir and the West Norfolk Rock Choir were unable to perform amongst others. Not surprisingly, many stallholders withdrew at the last moment leaving the High Street with only a handful of stalls. … Continue reading

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

Shoemaker and the Elves 350

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

Election News – Hunstanton Town Council

Polling Station Signage

A request to hold an election to fill a vacancy on Hunstanton Town Council has been received.  The date of the town council election (subject to a contest) has been fixed as 26 November 2015. The Notice of Election will be published on Thursday, 22 October 2015, and nomination papers must be received by the Returning Officer no later than 4pm on Friday, 30 October 2015. Anyone wishing to withdraw a nomination must do so in the prescribed manner no later than 4pm on Friday, 30 October 2015. The polling station, … Continue reading

Macmillan Coffee Morning for Ladies Who Golf

Left to right - Mary Stanton (nearest the pin winner-Sue Fleming-Julie Reeves

Ladies Captain at Heacham Manor, Rachel Hodgkinson was delighted with the support her Macmillan Coffee Morning received on Wednesday, 7 October 2015, despite drizzly weather.  Six new ladies came along to enjoy playing on the Heacham Manor golf course and many others simply enjoyed being served tea, coffee and sumptious cakes, made by 12 Lady golf members at the club. Rachel said: “Some of the ladies who attended enjoyed playing the course and are now joining our club, which is great to see.  I really appreciated the help I received from our members who made … Continue reading

“Frozen” Christmas Cracker Theme for 2015!

Frozen Christmas Cracker 2015 v2

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