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Nerves are fraying

canary11Norwich vs Newcastle. Who’d have thought it would be such a crunch match? All over Norfolk fingers are crossed, along with various other limbs, Hail Marys are being muttered, rosaries fumbled. Even the wood’s getting nervous, what with all the knocking. So who’ll be chirping come Saturday at 5? May the best fowl win.

Battle of the TPW athletes – two chances to donate!

Fiona will take five hours. Tim will only take 50 minutes. On the other hand, Fiona is covering 22 miles and Tim’s only doing one. On the other hand, Fiona is running and Tim’s swimming. For the girl, it’s a training run for the London Marathon – she’s doing it for Mind and Tim’s doing the Swimathon, with his baby brother, for Sports Relief. Donate to both right away!


A PR executive makes his point

A PR executive makes his point

Ever wanted to know the actual definition of ‘Digital Media’? We’ve been updating TPW’s infamous PResaurus. It’s absolutely everything you ever needed to know about PR but couldn’t be bothered to ask. Comments and contributions are welcomed.

Catering Insight Awards

2015-12-11_133135Black tie events can be pretty hard work.  Not so the Catering Insight awards.  No doubt the proximity to Christmas helped things along, as did the quality of the freely-flowing booze, but this was a well-executed affair and it was fun.  The venue was good, the food was good and they rattled through the award ceremony at a fast trot, so everyone could get on with the important business of networking/chatting/gossiping.  PLUS a big shout out to the photographer.  Long green Mohican, hipster beard, bondage style cross-shoulder holsters for his cameras.  If anyone deserved to be photographed, it was him.

Flood survivor’s memories in the spotlight

Roger Bean of Walcott was just seven years old when the flood surge of 1953 devastated his village. Now aged 70 Mr Bean has been sharing his memories of that catastrophic night with the members of a theatre company who are preparing a new touring production about the events of January 31st 1953.

Norfolk-based fEast Theatre has developed a reputation for high quality touring theatre specialising in themes and stories from the eastern region. The company is currently collecting recollections of those who experienced the floods first hand and is planning to weave those memories into the script of their new play Winter ’53.Roger Bean with Mandy McKenna of fEast (more…)

‘Vibrant’ Norfolk Theatre Company recruiting local ‘voices’ for new production

Winter 53 will feature chorus alongside professional cast

Members of the cast from 'Parachute', fEast's most recent productionA popular professional theatre group is looking to recruit Norfolk people to take part in their upcoming production.  fEast made its name with two critically acclaimed productions, ‘Canada Boys’ and ‘Parachute’, both of which explored Norfolk themes.  The third play in writer Rob John’s trilogy is Winter 53, about the floods of 1953.  It will feature a chorus made up of local people who will be the voices of eye witnesses to the tragic events.  They will get to work alongside professional actors in a series of venues across the region.  (more…)

True Norfolk craftsman headlines Colby Show

True Norfolk craftsman headlines Colby Show

82 year-old wheelwright shows restored wagons alongside fascinating display of models, classic cars, crafts – and a Maine Coon cat

Brian Sarsby will be appearing with some of his wagons at the Colby Show Day, Colby Church, August 15.Colby Show Day, Colby St Giles Church, Long Lane, Colby, NR11 7EE, Wednesday August 5th, 10am to 4pm.

An eclectic mix of unusual vintage vehicles and models, drawn from private collections and rarely available for the public to see, will be on display at St Giles Church, Colby, on Wednesday August 5th.  They include one quarter scale agricultural wagons, made or restored by Norfolk’s renowned self-taught wheelwright, Brian Sarsby.  Brian himself will be on hand, with examples of old wooden wheels, demonstrating how they are made, and showing some of his meticulous models of tractors and horse-drawn ploughs.


Alison’s vintage footie sign marks Wembley party

You’re looking at a sign that’s famous! Our very own Alison, whose family are all Norwich FC mad, made it with her own fair hands. And the folk at Wembley were so impressed by her wit that they put it on the screen, where Delia herself saw it – she was being interviewed by Radio 5L at the time, so it went all national on us. Then a Sun journalist tweeted it. Which is all just dandy and iced that promotion cake nicely.
Alison's Wembley sign
The hair-splitters may point out that if ‘Delia’ was ‘Delia’ then ‘Neil’ should have been ‘Alex’. What they don’t know is that this sign was originally created for Norwich’s last play-off final – at Cardiff, under Nigel Worthington. We lost that one, but the Haynes family, thrifty to the end, held onto the sign (at the back of a cupboard). Some fool (aka Steve, Alison’s other half) suggested adapting it for 2015. So ‘Cardiff’ became ‘Wembley’. But it seemed easier to make ‘Nigel’ ‘Neil’ (rather than ‘Alex’). As it turned out, it would have been much easier to have started from scratch. But then, would the result have been the same?

Now I’m not superstitious, but I call on all sensible Norwich fans to beg the Haynes family to hang on to the sign for the next Wembley trip… Be nice to think next time they won’t need to change the names…

By the way, the sign reads: ‘Delia did it in the kitchen, Neil did it in Wembley.’

Musical Dream Team in Aylsham!

Britten Sinfonia play Aylsham Parish Church as part of Wide Sky Festival

Caroline Dearnley is one of the Britten Sinfonia performers at Aylsham Wide Sky Festival 2Four principal players from the Britten Sinfonia will be performing in St Michael’s Church, Aylsham, on Tuesday 26th May 2015 at 7.30pm. The concert is part of The Aylsham Wide Sky Festival, 22nd – 26th May, which includes theatre, conversation, art, food – and Romans!

The four performers are Marcus Barcham-Stevens, co-Leader of the Britten Sinfonia, on violin; Miranda Dale, principal second violin; Clare Finnimore, principal viola, and Caroline Dearnley, principal cello. (more…)

What connects Harry Edwards, the Britten Sinfonia, The Gramophones Theatre Company, floating lanterns, Boudicca and the Romans?


The Aylsham Wide Sky Festival, 22-26 May 2015


AYLSHAM AFLOAT_LANTERNS ON WATER MARCH 2015An arts project conceived by Jessica Perry based on floating lanterns lights the way to events taking place in this year’s Aylsham Wide Sky Festival.  The festival’s theme, ‘Vivat Aylsham!’ celebrates the town’s connections with the Romans, with several events and talks in advance of a possible major archaeological dig in the area.


The lanterns will be floated at events during the Festival and feature in a film by James Hubbard, with music by Harry Edwards, that will be part of the Rotary Art Show in Aylsham Town Hall over the Festival weekend.


Other events include the Hansells Conversation between local author Patrick Barkham and TV presenter Mike Dilger; The Gramophones Theatre Company with East Anglian story telling woven together with original live folk music; a chess competition; special events at Blickling Hall; The Great Aylsham Quiz; and a quartet from the Britten Sinfonia performing in Aylsham Parish Church.


For more information and to book tickets, call the Festival Box Office on 01263 731808, email tickets@aylshamfestival.co.uk, go to www.aylshamfestival.co.uk or visit Barnwells of Aylsham.  You can also use the Droplet app on your smartphone.

Festival Programme:

Wednesday 20th May, 10.30am

Talk: Boudicca and Iron Age Norfolk by Dr John Davies, Chief

Curator of Norwich Castle Museum

Aylsham Library .Tickets: £3 to include refreshments. Pay in the Library.


Friday 22nd May, 7.30pm

The Hansells Conversation: Patrick Barkham, author of The Butterfly Isles, Badgerlands and Coastlines with Mike Dilger, ecologist, natural history presenter on The One Show and writer.

Jubilee Family Centre. Tickets: £10 Over 60: £8 U18 £5


Saturday 23rd May, 11am-4pm

Quickplay Chess Tournament with a chance to win the Festival Cup.

Aylsham & District Ex-Servicemen’s Club

To book 01263 731327


Saturday 23rd May and Sunday 24th May, 10am – 4pm

Romans at Woodgate Nursery

A Roman garden, display of artefacts found on the site, ‘Ask an Archaeologist,’ make a Roman helmet.


Saturday 23rd May, 10am – 4pm

Rotary Art Exhibition in Aylsham Town Hall with a WI Cafe on Saturday 9.00am – 2.30pm

Artists include Teucer Wilson, Dick Williams, Andrew King, Caroline Fisher & Rory Kent.


Saturday 23rd May, 2pm

Aylsham History Society Walk through Time

Start at The Buttlands Car Park and finish at The Heritage Centre at about 3.15 pm.


Saturday 23rd May, 4pm and 8pm, and 25th May 4pm

Art of the Garden

Guided sunset walks through the beautiful garden of Burgh House featuring art on the medieval fish-ponds: ‘Aylsham Afloat’ paper-lanterns  and Liz McGowan’s Reed Sculptures

Booking essential: 01263 733441 £2.50/person


Sunday 24th May, 10am – 4pm

Rotary Art Exhibition in Aylsham Town Hall with Slow Food Café and Music from Kiesha Rice (clarinet), Carl Suter (lute) & Noah Horne-Morris (Harp)


Monday 25th May, 11am

Walk organised by Walkers are Welcome of Aylsham, from Aylsham to Brampton with expert Stuart Wilson on navigation, mills and Roman history. Bure Valley Railway. Bring a picnic lunch. Tea and cake upon return.

Tickets: £5

To book contact Susan Munday 01263 733858 at Bure Valley Station


Monday 25th May, 7.30pm

Play: ‘Wanderlust’ The Gramophones Theatre Company

Wanderlust captures the magic of how journeys help us connect to the world around us.

Aylsham Town Hall. Adult: £10 Over 60: £8 U18 £5


Tuesday 26th May, 10am – 12 noon

Children’s Activities in Aylsham Parish Church


Tuesday 26th May, 10am

Visit to Blickling – Preview of Lothian’s Gift and tour of Walled Garden. Tickets: £6


Wednesday 27th May, 10am

Coach Trip to Colchester Museum, leaving from Aylsham Market Place, return approx 5.30 pm

Tickets: Adults: £17, Children £10, which includes Museum entry


Saturday 30th May, 7.30pm

The Great Aylsham Quiz courtesy of Mike Halls and with Roy Starling as Quiz Master Supremo

Aylsham & District Ex Servicemen’s Club. Tickets: £7.50 to include fish or pizza and chips