Freedom of Hunstanton for USAF 67th Squadron 4 Oct 2014

Proposed route for Freedom of Hunstanton parade 4 Oct

On 4 October the United States Air Force’s 67th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Group at RAF Mildenhall, will be granted Freedom of Hunstanton in recognition of the role the squadron played during the tidal flood of 1953. At 11.45 am, led by the Norwich Pipe Band the USAF 67TH SOS will parade from Sandringham Road towards The Spinney (adjacent Westgate Road) where there will be a ceremony formally granting the squadron Freedom of Hunstanton at approximately 12 noon. The parade will then proceed through … Continue reading

Surviving the 1953 Flood: Night US Airmen Helped Rescue My Family

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Photo courtesy of the Borough Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk The United States Air Force’s 67 Special Operations Squadron (S0S) will be granted Freedom of Hunstanton on Saturday, 4 October 2014, in recognition of the lives they helped to save during the tidal flood of 1953. The Squadron will parade through the streets of Hunstanton, led by the Norwich Pipe Band – departing from Sandringham Road at 11.45am and proceeding through Westgate to arrive at the Spinney, where, at 12 noon, Hunstanton Town Mayor, Cllr Carol Bower, will … Continue reading

#HunstantonHour Morphs into #WestNorfolkHour

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#HunstantonHour had been actively tweeting up the Hunstanton district since November 2013 until recently when it became apparent that businesses from #Hunstanton and the surrounding villages were slow to support in any great number. So why not just go for #WestNorfolkHour and make our time more effective a few of us wondered.  Starting 3pm on Thursday, 25 September 2014 #WestNorfolkHour will start tweeting up the best of West Norfolk and will be tweeting every Thursday at 3pm going forward.  The timing is deliberate to encourage as many hospitality businesses as … Continue reading

Work Experience With Lucy Pickup

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This summer, Hunstanton-On-Line supported the Smithdon High School Work Experience Scheme and accepted Lucy Pickup on a two week work experience placement from 7 – 18 July 2014.  The two weeks were very full on and Lucy was kept pretty busy to say the least.  The net result of the work put in by both Lucy and myself was some great reporting on Hunstanton and Heacham In Bloom as well as reporting on shopping in and around the High Street. I was so pleased for Lucy when she told me … Continue reading

Lifestyles Back on the Agenda After a Year Off 19-21 Sept 2014

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Since Hunstanton’s Lifestyles Festival had last year off, many extreme sports fans will be feeling withdrawal symptoms by now. Thousands of dedicated enthusiasts are now expected to head for Hunstanton this weekend as Lifestyles Festival hits the town. An action packed three day event is planned for 19-21 September 2014 with kite surfer elite competing for recognition in British Kitesports competitions. Hunstanton Green will be alive with activities ranging from live music and a Volkswagon Show. Visitors to the Festival will be able to watch extreme climbing, parkour, BMXing and … Continue reading

Norfolk’s Recycling Revolution is plastic fantastic

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Residents across Norfolk will soon be able to recycle a whole range of additional plastic materials in their kerbside recycling collection. Norfolk’s councils in conjunction with Norfolk Environmental Waste Service (NEWS) are working to revolutionise the way we recycle in the county.  From 1 October, residents will be able to include plastic pots, tubs and trays in their recycling along with their plastic bottles and bottle tops. Cllr John Fisher, Chair of the Norfolk Waste Partnership, explained: “This change to the recycling service will make it so much easier for … Continue reading

Hunstanton & Heacham Get Gold

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Hunstanton and Heacham have been awarded Gold once again in the 2014 Anglia in Bloom Awards which had 22 entrants. Overall winner was Filby and South Wootton, Downham Market and King’s Lynn each attained Silver Gilt Awards. In the park awards, Tower Gardens and The Walks, King’s Lynn each gained a Silver Gilt and Central Park, King’s Lynn, was awarded Silver. Mintlyn Crematorium and Hardwick Cemetery were also recognised, gaining a Silver Gilt and Silver respectively. Anglia in Bloom encourages active participation by members of the community in caring for … Continue reading

Repairs to Hunstanton Prom


Posted by Borough Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Essential repairs to Hunstanton Promenade are set to start on Monday, 15 September 2014. The emergency repairs became necessary following damage sustained during the tidal surge along the east coast on 5 December 2013. This work, along with other ongoing repairs to the sea defences, will be carried out on behalf of the borough council and the Environment Agency by C G Godfrey.  It is anticipated that the work will last around 8 weeks and cost around £139,000.  The works have … Continue reading

Freedom of Hunstanton granted to flood saviours


Published by Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk On 4 October the United States Air Force’s 67th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Group at RAF Mildenhall, will be granted Freedom of Hunstanton in recognition of the vital role they played during the 1953 flood. Whilst honouring the squadron, the town will also remember one particular member, Reis Leming, who single-handedly saved 27 people. Mr Leming’s widow, Kathy, and son, Michael will be granted Freedom of Hunstanton as a tribute to Mr Leming, who … 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