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Hunstanton Heritage Centre News
DUE TO THE COUNTRY MOVING INTO THE SECOND LOCKDOWN, WE HAVE HAD TO CLOSE THE HERITAGE CENTRE WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT
We had been able to open due to grants provided by the Norfolk Strategic Fund to assist businesses in the Tourism Sector to recover from the impact of Covid-19 to reopen as safely as possible; administered through Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Tourism Support Package project.
When the circumstances improve, we shall resume normal service as quickly as possible.
NEW --- We are happy to add some pages to the website to include items we hold at the Heritage Centre that we have been including in our Newsletters from April 2020. These can be found by clicking here
WE HAD OUR OFFICIAL OPENING OR OUR NEW HERITAGE CENTRE
ON 14TH FEBRUARY 2020
By clicking here you will see a number of photos of the formal opening of the Heritage Centre very kindly taken by Chris Bishop.
WE MOVED TO NEW PREMISES.
The premises at 15 The Green, Hunstanton was sold in February 2019 and we have moved to new premises at the old NatWest Bank on the corner of Greevegate and Northgate.
After a few months of exceedingly hard work turning the bank into a new Heritage Centre, we actually had an unofficial opening ceremony on Saturday, 8th June 2019.
Here we are with Amanda Bosworth, our mayor, cutting the ribbon at the opening ceremony. The weather was not very kind to us and as you can see we were being blown about quite a bit!
Those who attended both that day and the next two days were very complimentary making all the hard work really worth while.
On Sunday, 9th June we were honoured to have a visit by the former Commanding Officer of the USAF 67th SOS who happened to be passing through Hunstanton on her way back to the USA. Col. Shelley Rodrigues along with Mark Service, official historian of the 67th SOS, popped in and viewed the new Centre and seemed to be very impressed. Here is a photo taken on the day with (from left to right) John and Pat Maiden, Andrew Murray, Mark Service and Shelley :
On Wednesday, 30th October 2019 we had a visit by Hunstanton Rotary Club to view the Centre.
It seems the visit was enjoyed by all and below is a photo taken of them all :
This is our new leaflet that has been widely distributed both locally and further afield.
The Heritage Centre opened its doors to the public on 3rd August 2013 at 15 The Green, Hunstanton.
It was shortly after opened formally by Tim Bentinck (otherwise known as David Archer
in the Radio 4 programme "The Archers").
The Centre has attracted close on 10,000 people through it's doors each year since then (50,000 up to November 2018.
As you can read in the article below (courtesy of the Lynn News), this whole project was made possible by the generosity of the owners of the premises, Derek and Solveig Ward, who very kindly allowed the Society to use the rooms under their home as the base for the Hunstanton Heritage Centre until we moved out in February 2019.
The majority of the work carried out in setting up the displays was carried out by Brian Holmes and
John Maiden with help from many others.
**** By special request, the Centre can be opened for Schools and other Groups at any time of the year. ****
Please contact our Secretary, Sheila Kent who can be contacted by email at
email@example.com or telephone her on 01485 534200 for more information.
Admission is FREE but donations are always very welcome and, in fact, needed to allow us to pay our overheads and to save up for our own Centre at some stage in the future.
A plea for volunteers to man the Heritage Centre
If you have not already visited the Heritage Centre, at the old NatWest Bank on the corner of Greevegate and Northgate, it is well worth a look and a wander around the very interesting displays of our Sunny Hunny in times gone “bye”.
The Centre is open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and Bank Holidays from 1-5pm during the Summer Months and is manned by a lovely band of volunteers doing a two hour stint in two’s (1-3 or 3-5pm) twice a month.
We would love and need more volunteers.
So if you have lived in Hunstanton or district for either a short or long time, we would be delighted to hear from you and have you join us for this very interesting and rewarding pastime.
Please ring or email me if you would like any more information
Terry Ashworth on 01485 535292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BBC Radio Norfolk visit our Heritage Centre, not once but twice!
On Sunday, 30th October 2016, we had a visit by Sophie Little looking for a clue, and found it! Here is a pic taken on the day. We had a sudden interest in the Centre that afternoon and hosted quite a number of visitors.
Then again on Sunday, 17th February 2019, we had a return visit by Sophie, this time to our new premises at the old NatWest building on Northgate. This was despite the fact that we were not moving in until literally the next day from 15 The Green. This time we had two clues for her. She found where the 2nd clue was - locked up in a cash box in the bank vault. Where was the key? - well that was the first clue which she found in the donations jar sitting on the floor of the main banking room. This allowed her to get to the Treasure.