Norfolk Gem Magazine http://norfolkgem.com News from North Norfolk and across the region Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:13:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 http://norfolkgem.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/cropped-NGM_brand4-150x150-32x32.png Norfolk Gem Magazine http://norfolkgem.com 32 32 Soul Church Christmas Wonder Attracts Thousands http://norfolkgem.com/soul-church-christmas-wonder-attracts-thousands/ Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:12:42 +0000 http://norfolkgem.com/?p=9333 Something extraordinary happened in Norwich last weekend, when Soul Church staged a spectacular Christmas show that was of a very high standard.

The Church on Mason Road performed a Disney oriented production ‘The Wonder’ Described by Canon Jon Norman, as “our gift to Norwich”.

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It may have been a free show but it was one worthy of a professional stage. More than 200 performers delivered a well choreographed production, with a live band and featured musicians.

The powerful vocals echoed around the church in perfect harmony with some outstanding individual performances.

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The dazzling costumes sparkled under a complex lighting display and were synced to a video backdrop. It was evident that weeks of hard work, both on stage and behind the scenes, had proved successful.

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It was absolutely amazing that eight shows were crammed into one weekend, four, one after the other on each day. I stayed for three performances and the production was raised up a notch every time.

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An estimated 5,000 people saw the the show, on Saturday December 9 and Sunday, December 10, an incredible achievement in just one weekend.

The enthusiasm overflowed onto rain drenched car parks, where volunteers waited with umbrellas to greet hundreds of arrivals. It was a real team effort and it had to be.

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The true meaning of Christmas can easily get forgotten nowadays, amongst a barrage of commercialism but Canon Jon Norman talked about how ‘The Wonder’ was a show for children and parents to enjoy highlighting what yuletide is really all about – while giving families a free show they may not otherwise be able to see.

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He added: “We don’t charge for tickets but we put on what we believe is a really high standard performance. It’s a way the whole family come together and enjoy a community event.”

He went on to explain, that while some commercialisation of Christmas is understandable, he felt it has gone too far the other way.

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For more information about the Church please visit Soul Church website

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Cromer Carnival Senior Citizens Christmas Concert http://norfolkgem.com/senior-citizens-christmas-event-2017/ Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:05:01 +0000 http://norfolkgem.com/?p=9075 Cromer Carnival organizers and volunteers prepared another successful Christmas concert event, at Cromer Parish Hall, for senior members of the town.

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Free coach rides were available from Suffield Park play area at 6.25pm, Links Avenue (Station Road end) and Suffield Park Post Office

For those who couldn’t get to coaches free transport was arranged, once again demonstrating the community spirit that’s a part of Cromer.

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Coffee and mince pies were available on arrival and there was an air festive cheer, with Christmas crackers and decorations.

Tony Shipp MBE, chairman of Cromer Carnival welcomed guests in his opening speech and thanked volunteers for their work.

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Local children provided the dancing and the comedy proceeded with local favourite, Pat Nearney. He was on top form and the master of mirth created laughter throughout his superb performance.

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Over the years Pat has played numerous parts in musicals, straight plays and farces for his local society. Some excellent local musicians provided the sing along atmosphere. Cromer Seaside Strummers ukulele band were brilliant and the concert concluded with Christmas carols.

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The Mayor of Cromer Civic Service http://norfolkgem.com/the-mayor-of-cromer-civic-service/ Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:26:49 +0000 http://norfolkgem.com/?p=8950 The Mayor of Cromer Cllr John Frosdick held a civic church service and Community carol concert on Sunday 3rd December 2017. Reverend Peter Herbert welcomed the congregation and opened with a carol, Once in Royal David’s City.

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The afternoon event was well attended and Cromer Gospel Choir was in good voice with their rendition of Christmas Bells and Gloria.

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The Right hon. Norman Lamb M.P. for North Norfolk read Isaiah 9:2,6-7 before O Little Town Of Bethlehem echoed sweetly around the church.

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Town Clerk Julie Chance and Dr. Geoff Baker, head teacher at Cromer Academy Read Luke 2:1-20 followed by another carol, Silent Night.

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Pupils from Cromer Academy contributed to the service. Emily Coles, Sophie Lewis and Anwyn Chapman sang their version of Hallelujah. The performance received applause from the delighted audience.

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Nikola Badowska, head girl from the Academy, read Luke 1:26-38 and head boy, Conner Feherty read Micah 5:2-5a.

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Bethan Phillip-Pritchard sang O Holy Night beautifully and demonstrated some powerful vocals.

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Mr Frosdick read Matthew 2:1-12 and presented The clerk, Julie Chance and deputy clerk, Janet Warner with flowers for their hard work. Deacon, Shirley Hassel proceeded with prayers.

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There was a surprise announcement by chair lady of twinning, Mary Hill, thanking long standing committee member, Tony Nash, for his outstanding contribution to the association, spanning over many years. Mr Nash was presented with a painting.

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The Mayor thanked everyone who participated in the service, including, John Hodgkinson and the volunteers of the Church for the refreshments.

Acknowledgments were extended to Morrisons for donating the food, the ushers and churchwardens, Cromer P.C.C, Organist, David Shippey, the congregation and all the organizations who were present.

There was a retiring collection for R.N.L.I, Friends of Cromer Hospital and First Responders.

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Cromer Christmas lights switch-on http://norfolkgem.com/cromer-christmas-lights-switch-on/ Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:24:19 +0000 http://norfolkgem.com/?p=8801 Thousands braved the cold to enjoy a spectacular Cromer Christmas Lights switch on. Festivities started in the morning at Cromer Church with stalls from local organizations and charities lined the pews.

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Activities extended into the parish hall a few yards away and Christmas songs filled the air via a sound system in the town.

Street markets added to the atmosphere with stilt walkers and super heroes greeting visitors.

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The world famous Cromer pier joined in and there was an opportunity for families to see Santa at the theatre.

Father Christmas made an appearance on his sledge on route to the hall, where he stopped for a while at his grotto.

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The reindeer and donkeys outside the Church were an added bonus this year and proved very popular.

Shops in the town decorated their windows while volunteers worked hard throughout the day to ensure everything ran smoothly.

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Cromer Mayor, John Frosdick, handed out rosettes for best decorated shop windows. First place went to Breakers restaurant, About with friends cafe clinched second place and Henry’s Cafe was delighted with third place.

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Mr Frosdick said “They are all winners and it was a unified effort, It’s great to see everyone joining in”

Just before switch on, Tony Shipp MBE and chairman of Cromer Carnival congratulated all involved and thanked volunteers for their grand efforts.

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Cromer Christmas show star, Olly Day and the cast added glitz to the proceedings and the Salvation Army Brass Band were on top form as always with a medley of Christmas carols.

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Santa and Olly were joined on stage by the winner of the Christmas poster competition as the night sky was lit with an array of colour.

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An additional 200 photographs free download, credits must be provided if published elsewhere (Pictures by Andreas Yiasimi) Cromer Christmas lights switch-on pictures

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Cromer Christmas Tree Festival http://norfolkgem.com/cromer-christmas-tree-festival-2/ Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:07:53 +0000 http://norfolkgem.com/?p=8765 Cromer Christmas tree, nativity and wreath festival has signified the exciting switch-on countdown for Saturday.

The popular festival started yesterday and will overlap into the weekend festivities.

Fairy lights, tinsel and the aroma of pine fill the air, with multi-coloured trees aligning the walls at Cromer church.

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Voluntary organizations and charities have added their own identity to the trees, each projecting a related theme.

The pews are decorated with wreaths and floral displays, adding to the seasonal atmosphere.

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Traditional nativity scenes on table tops around the church complete another event not to be missed.
There is an opportunity to vote for your favourite nativity scene, tree or wreath via cards distributed at the entrance.

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The Mayor of Cromer, John Frosdick, will be presenting the trophies to winners on Saturday, at the Christmas light switch-on event.

Full list of events are available here Christmas events in Cromer

Over 90 pictures for free download by NGM Christmas tree festival pictures

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Cromer Alternative Christmas Trees over the years http://norfolkgem.com/cromer-alternative-christmas-trees-over-the-years/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 05:57:33 +0000 http://norfolkgem.com/?p=8736 As we head into another Month of festivities, we look back at Cromer’s Alternative Christmas trees over the years. Jaw dropping creations that often go global across today’s social media platforms.

It’s important to understand that these festive constructions are merely an addition to the traditional tree, and nowadays stands just beyond the Cromer church yard, on the museum forecourt.

In general, public reaction is welcoming, however, variable as are the trees themselves.

The outstanding aspect is the enormous publicity they’ve generated, love them or not, the underlining synopsis is they’ve been a talking point.

This year, the tree is a large mistletoe like attraction, made of branches and decorated with silver baubles. After speaking with numerous passers by, it was evident they loved it.

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I wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea though, so I diverted them to the traditional one a few yards away.

The alternative tree made it’s first debut back in 2012 when, Festival members combined forces with Christmas lights volunteers and fishermen to create the tree, using 150 crab and lobster pots.

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It was a brave effort by dedicated local enthusiasts, as they worked throughout the day, despite gale-force winds and freezing conditions.

The following year the tree was made of fishing nets, but had to be reconstructed various times because of weather conditions. The world wide response continued and encouraged design.

In 2014 the bar was raised even higher when organisers erect a seven-metre-tall green pyramid, decorated with lights and 25 numbered wooden boxes, each on a festive theme.

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Number one opened on December 1 to reveale a Christmas related theme. This continued on each of the following 24 days. The back-lit boxes were placed at eye level around the tree.

In 2015 after inviting ideas from members of the public, the alternative tree was a collection of giant advert candles, each sponsored by a different organisation.

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Last year an enormous Gold star proved to be even more popular and achieved a big following across the water.

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Related links

Christmas events in Cromer

Vera Woodckock Christmas poster competition winners

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Vera Woodcock Poster Competition winners http://norfolkgem.com/vera-woodcock-poster-competition-winners/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 01:45:39 +0000 http://norfolkgem.com/?p=8708 Cromer Christmas Lights Volunteers Vera Woodcock Poster Competition winners, will be displayed in Cromer Library from Friday 24th November 2017, along with a large selection of entries.

The winner in each age group will receive a Jarrold voucher, a pack of Christmas cards made from their poster and will switch on the town’s Christmas lights on December 2nd. The runners up will receive a pack of Christmas cards made from their poster.

The winners are as follows

4 – 6 Age Group

Winner
Henry Archer – Suffield Park Infant School
Runners up
Maisie Cox – Suffield Park Infants School
Molly Galasky – Suffield Park Infants School

7 – 9 Age Group

Winner
Evie Mielsch – Belfry School Overstrand
Runners up
Ashleigh Hood – Cromer Junior School
Jessica Coates – Cromer Junior School

10 – 11 Age Group

Winner
James Gregory – Gresham Village School
Runners up
Hannah Muirhead – Cromer Junior School
Jessie Hawkins – Cromer Junior School

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Cromer Christmas show review http://norfolkgem.com/cromer-christmas-show-review/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 05:34:40 +0000 http://norfolkgem.com/?p=8696 Review by Richard Batson.

What’s on your Christmas list? Dancing penguins? Magic? Jokes? Singalong songs? Or a bloke who plays tunes on a traffic cone?
All the above obviously, and they are all wrapped up in a truckload of festive fun and glitter in this year’s Cromer Pier Christmas Show.
I had the privilege of attending opening night which deservedly drew a standing ovation.

The traditional mix of comedy, choreography, and a music from banging bang up to date pop to West End showstoppers and haunting classical is all there – but in a deep-filled luxury mince pie of a show.

It wouldn’t be the same without the Norfolk squit and wit of habitual headliner Olly Day – the show is the perfect vehicle for his all round talents and warm repartee.

Pier favourites Rob McVeigh and Emily Yarrow blend well as the main singers, and Leo Shavers adds the variety speciality act twist with his array of instruments.

Add in the superb dancers, cute local children, stunning sets, costumes, and classy lighting you have one of deviser Di Cooke’s best ever Christmas gifts to Cromer show-goers. You won’t need to ask for the receipt.

This is one of the best. Don’t miss out.

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Christmas events in Cromer http://norfolkgem.com/christmas-events-in-cromer/ Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:55:27 +0000 http://norfolkgem.com/?p=8687 From Wednesday 29th November to Saturday 2nd December 2017, Cromer Church will be hosting the Christmas Tree and Nativity Festival. Dates and times are as follows:

* Wednesday 29th November – 11.00am to 4.00pm

* Thursday 30th November – 11.00am to 4.00pm

* Friday 1st December – 10.00am to 5.00pm

* Saturday 2nd December – 10.00am to 7.00pm

On Saturday 2nd December 2017 from 10.00am to 7.00pm, there will be a Christmas Market in Cromer Church and Cromer Parish Hall. There will also be a street market on High Street, New Street and Garden Street.

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Santa will be feeding his reindeer outside Cromer Church at 11.30am on Saturday 2nd December before heading to his Grotto at Cromer Parish Hall. He will be at the Grotto from 12.00pm to 4.00pm.
Street entertainment will be from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

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The Cromer Christmas Lights switch on event starts at 4.00pm with the lights switched on at 5.30pm (timings are approximate) on Saturday 2nd December 2017.

Car parks run by North Norfolk District Council will levy no charges in Cromer on – 2nd and 9th December

Further details are available from the Town Clerk, Julie Chance by telephone on 01263 512254 or e-mail clerk @cromer-tc.gov.uk.

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Vera Woodcock poster competition winners

Cromer alternative Christmas trees over the years

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Sheringham Christmas lights switch-on attracts hundreds http://norfolkgem.com/sheringham-christmas-lights-switch-on-attracts-hundreds/ Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:34:25 +0000 http://norfolkgem.com/?p=8658 The streets were filled with a sea of people for the Sheringham Christmas lights switch on. Confetti and synthetic snow floated through the autumn chill, much to the delight of onlookers.

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A flock of dancing penguins were projected above the main stage to add to the magic and the familiar aroma of roasting chestnuts rekindled memories of bygone traditions we all know and love.

Santa’s grotto and a stalls selling mince pies near the town clock tower, attracted long queues of people waving illuminated jingle sticks while they waited.

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Entertainment on the main stage included a sneak preview from forthcoming show The Wizard of Oz, at the Sheringham little theatre. Some fine vocals and comedy snippets indicated it will be a production not to be missed.

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Music was provided by Sheringham Primary School ukulele group and 80-pupil choir. The town’s Salvation Army Band were in top form as always with a medley of Christmas carols.

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Former town and district Councillor Hilary Nelson switched on the lights, which include additional displays on the North Norfolk Railway signal box and Otterndorf Green.

Carnival vice-chairman Paul Starling, who organised the event praised the volunteers who work relentlessly throughout the year to ensure it’s success.

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