High Street Shopping by the Sea

Joke Shop- Photo by Lucy Pickup

Traditionally High Streets have included a butcher, baker and candlestick-maker and they have consistently evolved over the years. The twenty first century has changed apothecaries to pharmacies like Boots the Chemist and a range of technology based shops, such as Hughs Electrical, have been added. The average High Street is typically the main shopping street in a town and has been predominant in the UK since the 1960s but the term “High Street” has become a phrase to describe primary shopping areas rather than just a street name. Hunstanton is … Continue reading

On the Trail of Hunstanton and Heacham in Bloom 2014

Moss Bakery's Wildflower Cart - photo by Stella Gooch

Posted by Stella Gooch and Lucy Pickup Photos by Stella Gooch and Lucy Pickup 2014 sees RHS Britain in Bloom celebrating its first 50 years since it was initiated in 1963 by the British Tourist Board. It is the largest horticultural project in the UK and the event inspires all our cities, towns and villages to make the best of their local environments. There are countless regional In Bloom groups such as Anglia in Bloom and then you have the towns and villages which compete within their regions. Participation in … Continue reading

Hunstanton Bowls Tournament 2014

In the midst of the Hunstanton in Bloom judging more than 250 bowlers competed in the Hunstanton and District Open Bowls Tournament at Cliff Parade Bowls Club last week.  The annual even was run by the Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk in conjunction with the Cliff Parade Bowls Club Committee.  Competitors were welcomed from as far as Hertfordshire, Leicestershire and Essex. This major annual event ran smoothly thanks to Sue and Tony Clare and their team from the Cliff Parade Bowls Club with umpiring support from Jeff … Continue reading

Making our communities bloom

Flower bed in Esplanade Gardens, Hunstanton - photo by Lucy Pickup

Posted by Lucy Pickup, Smithdon High School (year 10) Photos by Lucy Pickup Hunstanton in Bloom is a fantastic event that brings a community of all ages together, and makes the town look beautifully unique. It is also a great way of passing on the gardening bug! The bright coloured beds attract people every year to observe the efforts put in by the dedicated workers and people often return year after year to admire the high standard of work produced. Hunstanton in Bloom is sponsored by many different businesses and … Continue reading

Attending a tweetup

West Norfolk tweetup LOGO

Posted by Lucy Pickup, Smithdon High School (Year 10) I found out over the weekend that i’d be attending my first tweetup at Caithness Crystal on Monday 14th July 2014. I had a vague idea of what a tweetup was. However, I did not know what to expect at a tweetup. How many people would there be?  What kind of people would attend? What topic of conversation would there be?  Would it be about computers and networking or something completely random? I have now learned that a tweetup: lets people … Continue reading

Friday Focus: Beth Harding (aged 14), Youth Team Instructor at Hunstanton Sailing Club

Beth Harding, Hunstanton Sailing Club Youth Team Instructor

How long have you been involved in Hunstanton Sailing Club and what made you join? My family joined the club 4 years ago so I could learn to Kayak.  I have now become Youth Team Instructor at the club. Were you already in this part of West Norfolk or did you move here to take up your role? I live in Rushden, Northamptonshire and we have a static caravan at Manor Park in Hunstanton. What is your primary motivator for doing this role? To try and encourage youngsters to get … Continue reading

Interviewing Cllr Elizabeth Watson About Hunstanton In Bloom

Lucy Pickup interviewing Cllr Elizabeth Watson & Chris Durham - photo by Stella Gooch

Posted by Lucy Pickup, Smithdon High School (year 10) Photos by Lucy Pickup and Stella Gooch I knew that Hunstanton In Bloom would be one of the main stories I would be focusing on during my two week work placement and I was not surprised to be thrown in at the deep end on day one. I was asked to interview Cllr Elizabeth Watson and Chris Durham, Operations Manager for Commercial Services at the Borough Council of Kings Lynn & West Norfolk, something completely new that I’d never experienced before. … Continue reading

Re-Dedication of Snettisham War Memorial


The re-dedicating of Snettisham War Memorial, organised by Snettisham Parish Council (in conjunction with the Royal British Legion), Cllr Eric Langford and Cllr John Bailey, was a moving moment when residents and officials from Snettisham, Heacham, Sedgeford and Hunstanton came together at the war memorial in Snettisham village.  The Roll of Honour from World War I and World War II were listed in the programme for the event and duly remembered – including one Walter O Smith.  Walter O Smith was omitted from the Snettisham Memorial when it was dedicated … Continue reading

Meet Lucy Pickup

Lucy Pickup - photo by Stella Gooch

Posted by Stella Gooch Photo by Stella Gooch Lucy Pickup is a 15 year old, Year 10 student at Smithdon High School in Hunstanton who aspires to become a journalist as a future career choice.  In Year 10 all students are asked to do a two week work experience placement in an appropriate work place setting and Lucy is doing her work placement with Hunstanton On Line from Monday, 7 July 2014 until Friday, 18 July 2014. You may well see Lucy out and about “trying to get a story” … 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