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

5 Star Rating for Searles Leisure Resort

Searles Leisure Resort Outdoor Pool Complex

Family run, Searles, has been operaring since 1954 when it was founded by William and Alice Searle. Today, it remains a family business and is operated by brothers and sister Paul, Andrew and Joanna Searle who continue to grow the business in the 21st century so that many more families can come and enjoy their holidays at the Hunstanton-based resort. Searles boasts bars, restaurants, clubs, shops, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and other leisure activities. The site has 162 holiday hire fleet, 350 privately owned holiday homes and over 300 … Continue reading

Farm Shop & Deli Awards Are Good for Business

Family enjoys lunch outside Norfolk Deli - Photo by Lucy Pickup

Photo by Lucy Pickup We have a number of good quality niche market businesses in our local area and recognition of high standards is a must to raise awareness and to further encourage visitors. Hunstanton based delicatessen, The Norfolk Deli, have been entered into the Farm Shop & Deli Awards, in partnership with Olives Et Al, to recognise excellence in independent speciality retailers.  Our help – yours and mine – are needed to help them to win!  Please vote – entries can be taken up to 5pm on 29 August … Continue reading

Hunstanton Community Choir on the Up

Hunstanton Community Choir Singing for their Fish and Chips

Posted by Diane Sheldon & Liz Rogers Photos courtesy of Hunstanton Community Choir The Hunstanton Community Choir continues to grow in popularity. A recent outdoor concert at The Ringstead Chalkpit proved a crowd-puller. A beautiful, balmy Sunday evening with foldy chairs, picnics and a bar (just in case anyone forgot to pack the drinks!) Everyone was set for the night ahead. The choir started the event with some old familiar favourites; The Skye Boat Song, Summertime and Bridge Over Troubled Water, to name a few. Exuberant as ever, the choir … 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

Old Hunstanton Flower Festival 15-17 August

Old Hunstanton Flower Festival display from 2012 - photo by Rob Topliss

The Old Hunstanton Flower Festival has been an annual event at St Mary’s Church, Old Hunstanton, for more than 40 years.  This year’s Flower Festival will take place on 15-17 August 2014.  The theme this year is ‘Your favourite book’ with literary-inspired floral creations anticipated along with a full programme of events and entertainment throughout the weekend. “We are working hard on creating a fantastic weekend for Norfolk residents and visitors alike, ensuring that this is an unmissable event in the summer calendar,” says David Johnson, one of the Old … Continue reading

KLFM #TouroftheTowns Back in Hunstanton

Simon Rowe with 2620 Squadron from RAF Marham 12Aug2014 - photo by Stella Gooch

Posted by Stella Gooch Photos by Stella Gooch KLFM’s #TouroftheTowns visited Hunstanton in late May this year, basing themselves at The Hunstanton Ice Cream Company  in The Pavillion.  The day was so successful and enjoyable the gang have returned but this time to the Hunstanton Spinney outside Cafe Legge. The team were joined by cuddly SuperTrooper who delighted many of the children who stopped by. Two members of 2620 Squadron from RAF Marham came to interview with Simon Rowe and the team in the Spinney.  It was amusing to see … Continue reading

Voting On-Line Now Possible

TheWayWeRegistertoVoteisChanging

For the first time ever, people can register to vote online. Letters should go out to voters around mid-August to inform you of changes to the electoral registration system.  The Individual Electoral Registration system (IER) makes every eligible voter individually responsible for registering themselves to vote. Most people will be told they don’t have to do anything as they will automatically be added to the new system. But it is important that you check you are registered to ensure you are able to vote in elections. If you’ve just turned 18 or you’ve not … Continue reading

Regenerating Hunstanton – Aug 2014 Update

Trumpeter entertains at The Spinney - photo by Lucy Pickup

Posted by Stella Gooch Photos by Lucy Pickup and Stella Gooch Regeneration projects in Hunstanton have been on-going for some time and there have been a lot of changes over the past year.  Not everyone has happily embraced all the changes for all sorts of reasons but one thing is certain, Hunstanton moves forward and there has been noticeable efforts to declutter and brighten up the High Street which were funded and completed by Norfolk County Council to complement the Spinney enhancements. Residents and visitors may now be interested to … Continue reading