Wednesday, 28 September 2011

FANN-XI, Festival of Architecture in Norwich and Norfolk 2011

Perspectives talks at The Forum, Millennium Plain, Bethel Street, Norwich, NR2 1TF, 

Terry Hickman Smith (Lucas Hickman Smith) and Sheila Moss King – The Pennoyer Centre

Tuesday 11 October 6pm for 6.30pm to 7.30pm, The Cube, The Forum – free event

Terry Hickman Smith of Wymondham-based architects Lucas Hickman Smith will present the Pennoyer Centre Pulham St Mary, an award-winning conversion of a C15th guild chapel into a multi-use centre for education, business and community use. Sheila Moss King, Chair of the Pennoyer Centre Charity, will give a client’s account of assembling a ‘big society’ project, before the advent of the Big Society.

Alan Powers – Tayler and Green: Refusing to Indulge the Un-Homely

Wednesday 12 October, 6pm for 6.30pm to 7.30pm, The Curve, The Forum – free event

Professor Alan Powers (University of Greenwich and the Twentieth Century Society) will present an illustrated talk on Norfolk’s architectural anti-heroes Tayler and Green, who built nearly 700 homes for Loddon Rural District Council in the 30 years after 1945. The talk will be supported by an exhibition of new photographs of key Tayler and Green projects by Jim Stephenson.

Anthony Hudson, Hudson Architects – Buildings with Character, The Salvation Army HQ and other projects

Tuesday 18 October, 6.00 for 6.30pm to 7.30pm, The Cube, The Forum – free event

Anthony Hudson Architects’ Salvation Army HQ building was shortlisted for the prestigious Stirling Prize in 2010 and won an RIBA East Award this year. Anthony Hudson, principal of the Norwich-based practice, will talk about this highly acclaimed project and other recent work, addressing the question ‘What makes a building special and unique to its setting?’

Jonathan Smales, Beyond Green – ‘We Shape Our Cities…Thereafter They Shape Us’

Wednesday 19 October, 6.00pm for 6.30pm to 7.30pm, The Cube, The Forum – free event

Jonathan Smales is a former MD of Greenpeace UK and has acted as a sustainability advisor to The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and the 2012 Olympic Games legacy project. He is also joint founder of sustainability consultancy turned developer Beyond Green, which is drawing up plans for a large site in the north-Norwich ‘growth-triangle’. Jonathan’s talk will focus on general principals of sustainable urbanism – how the design of our towns and villages shapes our behaviour as consumers and citizens.

Patty Hopkins (Hopkins Architects) and Meredith Bowles (Mole Architects): ‘Living Architecture & The Long House, Cley’

Thursday 20 October, 6pm for 6.30pm to 7.30pm, The Curve, The Forum – free event. Meredith Bowles of Cambridge-based Mole Architects will describe Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project, which offers ‘Holidays in Modern Architecture’ through its contemporary rental properties in the east of England. Patty Hopkins of Hopkins Architects will present the Long House, Cley, Living Architecture’s only Norfolk project.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Baking Fun at Wroxham Barns - UK's only Scone Competition

Sixty-six plates of scones greeted judges on Sunday afternoon at Wroxham Barns for the fifth annual scone competition, part of the EDP Bidwells Norfolk Food Festival.

Believed to be the only dedicated scone competition in the UK, regular competitors and new entrants combined for a fun afternoon with a serious edge – who was going to be crowned champion scone maker in the five categories, plain, cheese, fruit, freestyle and under 12 plain?

“This has undoubtedly been the best yet,” said Wroxham Barns Director, Ian Russell. “The quality was very high, and we were pleased to see some the best scone makers from previous competitions returning for another go. We think we are the UK’s only scone competition and will continue to develop. This year we introduced a children’s category for under 12’s and hope that it will grow in 2012.”

Emma Lee from the Eastern Daily Press judged the cheese scone category. “I was hugely impressed by the standard. The winning scone’s flavour hit me instantly. The texture was perfect and the scone wasn’t too dry or doughy.”

Margaret Paul from Taverham wowed the judges with her rosemary, raisin and vanilla scones to win the freestyle category. Teresa Grant from Thorpe St Andrew, a previous winner, took the fruit crown. Ruth Peake for Fleggburgh baked the top cheese scone. Ann Moore from Norwich had the best plain scone and Lewis Wakefield from Wisbech was the first winner of the under 12 category.

Wroxham Barns Scone Competition – the winners


1. Teresa Grant, Thorpe St Andrew

2. Barbara Hollis-Graves, Thorpe End

3. Ena Smith, Hoveton


1. Margaret Paul, Taverham

2. Marion Skinner, Neatishead

3. Catherine Howe, Hemblington


1. Ruth Peake, Fleggburgh

2. Marion Skinner, Neatishead

3. Pamela Simkins, Swanton Morley


1. Ann Moore, Norwich

2. Catherine Howe, Hemblington

3. Teresa Grant, Thorpe St Andrew

Children (Under 12)

1. Lewis Wakefield, Wisbech

2. William Shipley, Tunstead

Wroxham Barns tel 01603 783762,

Photograph: plates of  Freestyle Scones

Monday, 19 September 2011

Evocations - Norfolk Sculptors at Wymondham Arts Centre

Norwich sculptor, Ros Newman is curating, Evocations an exhibition featuring work from 12 of Norfolk’s top sculptors, a special autumn show at Wymondham Arts Centre, Norfolk. Evocations runs from Tuesday, September 20 to Sunday, October 2, open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 12noon to 5pm, free entry,

Sculptors featured in the show are Andrew Campbell, Chedgey, Polly Cruse, Mark Haywood, David Holgate, Rachael Long, Ros Newman, Vanessa Pooley, Joanna Reynolds, Ann Richardson, Louise Richardson, and Chris Wade.

Photograph: Bird Flight 3 by Ros Newman - at Wymondham Arts Centre.

Wroxham Barns stages UK’s only dedicated scone baking competition

Wroxham Barns stages what is believed to be the only dedicated scone baking competition in the UK on Sunday, September 25.

Last September judges munched their way through 83 plates of scones. This year organisers have introduced an additional children’s category – plain scones baked by the under 12s. So a bumper crop is expected at 3pm on Sunday, when judging begins at this EDP Bidwells Norfolk Food Festival event, part of the Produced in Norfolk Taste the View weekend.

“We have found scone competitions in the USA and Australia but none in the UK,” said Wroxham Barns director Ian Russell, “so can lay claim to ours being a unique British event. Competition Sunday is a great day at the Barns and to add to the fun we also have a Produced in Norfolk Food Market and beer sampling with Stuart Evans at our resident Uncle Stuart’s Brewery”.

To enter Wroxham Barns Scone Competition bring four freshly baked scones in the category or categories of your choice – plain, cheese, fruit, freestyle and under 12 plain – to the Barns by 2.30pm on Sunday 25 September. Judging should be completed by 4pm. All competitors are offered a complimentary cup of tea while they wait. Prizes are awarded to the top scone maker in each category. For more information see (what’s on).

An Audience with Griff Rhys Jones and his Ghanaian ‘fantasy coffin’

Griff Rhys Jones will at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich on Wednesday 2 November, for a special ‘Audience with Griff Rhys Jones’ event. The visit coincides with the loan of his ‘fantasy’ Ghanaian coffin to the Sainsbury Centre. The TV camera coffin is the focal point of a new display about Ga art and culture from Tuesday 27 September until Sunday 4 December.

The coffin, which is remarkably realistic despite its scale, was created last year for Griff Rhys Jones as part of the BBC television series Hidden Treasures of Africa. It is the first time since the television programme was broadcast that the general public has seen the ‘fantasy coffin’. The display makes links with African objects in the Centre’s Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, and in the spirit of the Collection, shows that art can be found in all manner of objects. 

The ‘Audience with Griff Rhys Jones’ evening on Wednesday 2 November is a fundraising event for the Sainsbury Centre. Griff Rhys Jones will talk about his experiences filming the BBC television series Hidden Treasures of Africa and the creation of his ‘fantasy’ coffin in conversation with Sainsbury Centre director Paul Greenhalgh. The event includes a two-course meal with wine and music from Norfolk’s Anna Mudeka Band, Tickets are £55 or £75, (£75 ticket includes exclusive drinks and canapĂ© reception with Griff Rhys Jones). Doors open 6pm with dinner at 7.30pm, tel. 01603 593199 for more information or to book tickets.

The ‘fantasy coffin display’ runs from Tuesday 27 September to Sunday 4 December 2011. The Centre will be open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm, closed Mondays including Bank Holiday Mondays,

Photograph: Griff Rhys Jones in the ‘fantasy coffin’ at ‘Hello Design Coffins’, Accra, 2010

(Modern TV).

Friday, 16 September 2011

Mary Webb: Journeys in Colour Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

The largest ever exhibition of works by the artist Mary Webb opens at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, on Tuesday 27 September and runs until Sunday 4 December.

Mary Webb has been producing bold abstract work for nearly 50 years and taught at Norwich University College of the Arts (then Norwich Art School) from 1966 - 1990. Writing in the Observer, art critic Tim Hilton described Mary Webb as "a little known but treasurable artist".

Journeys in Colour celebrates Webb’s work from 1965 to the present day and includes 60 paintings together with screen prints, drawings and collages. A new series of works never seen before, which have been inspired by a trip to Utah, USA, will be on display. The exhibition also includes a number of works by the artist from the UEA Collection of Abstract and Constructivist, Art, Architecture and Design, which is permanently housed at the Centre.

The exhibition runs from Tuesday 27 September to Sunday 4 December, open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm, closed Mondays .

Admission (includes entry to the The Face of the Artist) £4, concessions £2. Family admission (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £8, concessions £6.

T. 01603 593199,

Photograph: Mary Webb in her studio (Andi Sapey)

Friday, 9 September 2011

Fairhaven Garden Supports Lymphatic Cancer Awareness Week

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham is supporting the Lymphoma Association, during Lymphatic Cancer Awareness Week, Monday 12 to Sunday18 September.

Fifty pence from full paying adult admissions to the garden will go to the Lymphoma Association, along with £1 from every cream tea purchased during the week.

Louise Rout Fairhaven Garden Manager said: “The Lymphoma Association is now in its 25 year and provides vital support for people with lymphatic cancer. We have decided to make the association our nominated charity and will be doing other fundraising activities over the next 12 months.”

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, tel. 01603 270449, The garden is open daily all year, 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day), also open Wednesday and Thursday until 9pm to the end of August; admission charges are adult £5.50, senior citizen £5 and child £3, under five free.
Free parking and free admission to tearoom, gift shop and plant sales.

There is wheelchair access to most of the garden. Visitors requiring special facilities are advised to telephone in advance, mobility scooters available. Dogs are welcome on leads; small charge to cover poop scoop.

Friday, 2 September 2011

EDP Bidwells Norfolk Food Festival at Wroxham Barns - September

Events at Wroxham Barns during the EDP Bidwells Norfolk Food Festival

Produced in Norfolk Food Market, Thursday 15 September, 10am to 1pm.

Launch of Uncle Stuart’s Brewery’s Beer Experience and Tasting, Sunday 25 September, 12noon to 5pm. Meet brewer Stuart Evans, watch our new film about the story of beer and brewing in Norfolk and Uncle Stuart’s craft brewing process, and sample some of his special Norfolk beers, including the exclusive Wroxham Barns Bitter.

Annual Scone Competition Sunday 25 September

Deliver your scones by 2.30pm, judging at 3pm, winners announced 4pm approx.

We’ve made well over half a million scones in our kitchens since we opened in 1983. We think we’re pretty good at it, even if we say so ourselves, but maybe you think you could do better?

There are five categories in our Annual Scone Competition: plain, fruit, cheese and freestyle – any ingredients allowed - and NEW this year a special children's category for under 12s, plain scones only.

Entrants should bring along four of their best freshly baked scones by 2.30pm on Sunday, 25 September for judging. A complimentary cup of tea will be given to all entrants, while they wait for the judges’ decision.

Prizes for the champion scone maker in each category and runners up.

Produced in Norfolk Food Market Sunday 25 September, 10am to 1pm. Food stalls include Yare Valley Oils, who will be giving tasters of oil and dressings, Norfolk Finest Foods, who produce 30 different pickles and chutneys using fresh, local, seasonal produce, and Norfolk Heatwave and Certain Death Chilli Oils.

Also during September
Daily tastings of Norfolk Cider and Apple Juice at the Apple Shop
Daily tastings of fudge at the Fudge Shop
Free tastings at weekends in September at The Pantry of our extensive range of preserves, pickles and chutneys.

Tel 01603 783762,