“Frozen” Christmas Cracker Theme for 2015!

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

Public to be Consulted on Hunstanton Heritage Gardens


Your Opportunity to Be Heard!  Consultation on Hunstanton Heritage Gardens Members of the local community are invited to be involved in providing input and feedback into the second stage of the Council’s bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the refurbishment and restoration of Hunstanton Heritage Gardens. After successfully gaining initial funding, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council is now preparing a detailed bid for funding a project based on the seafront gardens in Hunstanton.  The project will be centered on The Green and adjoining network of public open spaces including The EsplanadeGardens and … Continue reading

Graduating to Intermediate Golf Trainee

Luke Harris explains the subtle size adjustments up and down of the various golf clubs - photo by Stella Gooch

The final “Get into Golf” beginner lesson (28 September 2015) with coach, Ray Stocker, came with the added support of Luke Harris. The importance of repairing the green was highlighted during the lesson and Ray expertly demonstrated how to put the green back to its former glory following an indentation made by a golf ball. We also learned that both Ray and Luke had, over time, adapted their golf grips to suit their personal golf style.  In particular, Luke preferred to reverse the norm and grip with his right hand … Continue reading

Macmillan Coffee Morning Especially for Ladies Who Golf!

Rachel Hodgkinson gets ready for Macmillan Coffee Morning on 7 Oct 2015 - photo courtesy of Rachel

Wednesday, 7 October 2015 – Macmillan Coffee Morning for Ladies Who Golf – Tee Off Time is 9.30am My recent interest in golf led me to meet with Rachel Hodgkinson, Heacham Manor Lady Golf Captain at Heacham Manor who tells me that Heacham Manor Golf Club is just 6 yrs old.  Rachel continues saying: “The course has developed over the years into a superb place to play with wonderful views and bird life to enhance the experience. What is particularly great is that Heacham Manor is a  modern and contemporary  active  golf club  … Continue reading

Entertainment Norfolk!

Duet - John and Lucy Ray at Kings Lynn Corn Exchange - photo by Stella Gooch

A night out in West Norfolk theatre is a treat.  Yes I did mean West Norfolk theatre and not West End theatre! There is always a great line up in our local theatres but this past week there have been some particularly incredible shows to get out and see. Leo Sayer breezed in to Hunstanton on 15 September 2015 at the Princess Theatre and gave some of us a memorable trip down memory lane and a chance to catch up with Leo in 2015.  However, it was not long before another … Continue reading

Bad Golfing Habits – No!

Ray Stocker demos putting on an indoor putting green - photo by Stella Gooch

On Monday, 21 September 2015 I turned up for my third “Get into Golf” lesson, delighted that my back problem had disappeared over the course of the week.  I was also quietly pleased that I had retained my “grip to die for” as Ray would say and my stance was still good. However, to my surprise, I was informed by Ray’s assistant coach, Luke, that I had a bad habit.  It transpired that this had started in week two.  It seems I was compensating for my back pain and had begun dragging my right foot across … Continue reading

Mods & Rockers Event Fills the Green

Mods and Rockers attract a range of different bikes - photo by Stella Gooch

What a fantastic turn out for this year’s Mods n Rockers event.  The atmosphere on Hunstanton Green was once again throbbing with life and filled with people of all ages admiring the wide variety of bikes on show. Someone posted on social media ahead of their arrival: “More than 200 bikers heading your way.”  They were not exaggerating.  I could not say how many there were but a lot more than 200 for sure!  A friend of mine living out near Castle Acre felt a guess at 500 bikers was conservative … Continue reading

Leo Sayer Visits Hunstanton

Leo Sayer dropped in to say hi to Richard the Butcher on Hunstanton High St 15 Sept 2015 - photo by Chris Lynn

Leo Sayer – a name from the late 1970s without a doubt – caused a stir when he relaxed at Costa Coffee and visited local shops of 15 September 2015.  He casually chatted with passersby and showed interest in the small independent shops he dropped in to giving many a photo opportunity to happy shopowners. (If you had a photo with Leo at your local business then please send me a copy to add to this article – I would hate to miss anyone and I know he visited a … Continue reading

Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden – No Way!

Suzy Mason gets ready to take a shot - photo by Stella Gooch

My second “Get into Golf” lesson was on Monday, 14 September 2015 – right in the middle of house moving! That was not good timing as it turned out as I moved some heavy filing cabinet drawers and strained my back in the process shortly before lesson time.  That did not put me off having a go after a little pre-lesson resting. On my arrival, the class was already underway and Suzy Mason (who had missed the first week) was playing catch up with Ray Stocker, our PGA Coach.  I am not … Continue reading

How Green is Your Park?


It’s time to pick the nation’s favourite park –  vote for your favourite park and help to pick the UK’s People’s Choice Award. This year a record breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces were awarded the prestigious, international Green Flag Award. These award winners included Mintlyn Crematorium’s memorial gardens, The Walks and Tower Gardens in King’s Lynn and Boston Square Gardens and The Esplanade in Hunstanton. All the winning parks can be viewed at greenflagaward.org. The annual People’s Choice award is now open – giving the public a chance to vote … Continue reading