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Blickling needs your eyes on rubbish

Are you a regular visitor to Blickling? Do you enjoy walking round the estate? If so, the countryside team could use your help.

There have been some instances recently of unsightly fly-tipping on this Grade II listed estate and now the National Trust are working in partnership with Broadland District Council and Norfolk Police to launch a campaign asking visitors to be their eyes and report any fly tipping activity they might see. Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It can be liquid or solid in nature and be a single bag of waste to large quantities dumped by trucks.

It also includes garden waste whether it is bagged or not. Fly tipping not only poses a threat to humans and wildlife, but something as innocent-looking as garden waste can introduce harmful bacteria and invasive species into the environment. This can cause serious damage to native flora and fauna, said Dave Brady, head ranger.

Sadly, our team can t be everywhere all of the time, but we are lucky enough to have more than400,000 visitors to the estate each year. With their help, we might be able to properly protect our beautiful estate from this illegal practice. It was calculated that a medium sized fly tip costs the National Trust approximately 200 to remove and dispose of safely and legally.

If you witness fly tipping at Blickling or anywhere else, please don t approach or challenge anyone or clear up the waste, says Tony Garland (waste enforcement team, Broadland District Council).

We just need you to remember as much detail of what you saw as possible, especially a registration plate if possible, and report it immediately on 01603 430488.

Fly tipping can only be solved by working together and we hope that visitors to the estate will help us to keep Blickling beautiful. .

Blicking 2015 v1.0 – Farming simulator 2015 mods

This is not an update of Blickling Hall Farm map I made for 2013. It is A British map based on a real location in Norfolk England. The map was created using Real Terrain Data(DEM), and is as accurate as I could get it (keeping in mind I made it for FS15).

All fields are owned, and you start with 3 fields which are already sown and fertilised with Wheat,Canola and Oats. All other fields are ploughed and fertilised and ready for sowing. There is also ample equipment to get you started (if you use the recommended mods).

I have decided to use painted roads, which in my mind are realistic, as it gives a bumpy ride when using your equipment. Which is what its like, as the roads in real life are B-Roads in this area. Features: One main farm with Cows,Chickens and Sheep.

Pigs and Beef added. Butcher added for sale of Pigs and Beef. All standard fruits with extra fruits of Oat and Rye added.

14 fields of different sizes, and meadows of grass ready for cutting. Food storage area added. Forestry added.

Sawmill added for sales. Various sell points. Chopped straw mod added.

Multi terrain angle mod added. This map has been made soil mod ready. Additional info: On this map with my Pc I am getting fairly steady 60fps, on high settings CPU: AMD FX 6350 Unlocked Six Core Processor Socket AM3+ with TURBO CLOCK @ 4.2 GHz GPU: ZOTAC GTX 750 Ti 2GB RAM:16GB DDR3 RAM.

On my MacBook Pro Retina 13in late 2013 laptop with Intel Iris intergrated graphics, I am getting 40-60 fps on auto low and 20fps on medium settings. Needed Mods: Chopped straw mod by webalizer 2 Multi Fruit Mod Script: upsidedown Artwork: Eribus AnimalWaterHUD1 Recommended Mods: FS15_claasLexion550 StewartPS18_23H_V2 by Mythos OEB Adjustable Front Weight Design, Model & Texture OEB Modding Additional Weight Script gotchTOM Kroeger HKD302 OBE Livestock Trailer Faster Traffic Giants Original script BulletBill83 Edited script Additional Mod: This map can be used with or without soil mod. If you don t want to use Soil Mod remove it from you mods folder, or download it from the link below Soil Mod ready Please do not upload this map to any other site.

Authors: Very Special thanks to: Robbie, without whose help this map would not have been released, also Blobby Farmer from Mappers Paradise for his help and input. Special thanks to: Giants. FS-UK and all forum posters that have helped me out.

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my blank starter map by robbie Multi terrain angle mod by Petorius Chopped straw mod by webalizer_ls Wheat, Barley and OSR stubble textures KimG english church oxygendavid Sawmill from Two Rivers Model and Texture: El Cid Factory Script and animation: Marhu Ingame and adaptation of animation: Festus Water Mod Marhu soil textures melfoy grass texture Richard ( Ni Modding GE-Mapping Building Valkiria84 Building Trixi Sheds by Sotillo Sheds by Technik Ntek Any sign Any size Any Shape by Dorset sandgroper for objects SteveC for signs willjsavage for signs Sandbags m4pj3cts wild animals Spieler74 Milpol stile Mods by ziolek6 Mod by Luculus Mod by Kolbenfresser crash Schwaki police car Grisu118 Model: Stormi, David Texture: Waegi water tank HeisenbergModding Barn with Shelter vnsfdg1 Objects chris7710 Sukup grain bin pack (main farm silos) Model & Texture ThompsonM06 Developed & released by LazyMod Studios FSD If there are objects on the map that have not been credited, please let me know by pm, as this has not been intentional. 258.3 MB 1 References ^ 258.3 MB (

Where to fish on the Norfolk Broads – Wroxham Angling, Guns and …

Blickling Lake This is a 20 acre estate lake set in the grounds of Blickling Hall, with an average depth of 5 to 6 ft increasing to 10 ft at the dam wall. The most popular pegs are on the dam where most anglers target the shoals of big bream in the summer months and the pike fisherman target the pike in the deeper water over the winter months. No pike fishing is allowed before 1st October.

The lake gave up a 34lb in 2000. There are carp to over 30lb, tench to 8lb and the bream run in to double figures. There are dedicated disabled swims No night fishing Day tickets on the bank Contact Mr.

Cooper on 01263 734188 Chapel Road Lakes, Roughton The enlarged lake is now 2.5 acres, with 3 to 6 ft of water. It has a very good head of carp to 18lb, with a good head of roach, perch, tench and a few barbel. Day tickets on the bank 5 to 6.

Night tickets 10 to 12 Tickets Can Be Purchased From Any Angling Direct Store And On The Bank Gimingham Lakes Here there are three lakes. The large lake has two islands, is from 4 to 10ft deep, and is set in 3.5 acres. This lake has an amazing head of tench and a good head of carp with lots weighing in at 20lb plus.

The smaller two lakes are about 1 acre each with a good head of mixed silver fish, smaller tench and a few carp. Day tickets on the bank from the bailiff No night fishing Holly Farm South Walsham Holly Farm has two lakes of around 3/4 of an acre, with very heavy stocks of small (2lb to 4lb) carp, with other fish up to 15lb. It has a good mixed head in the top lake with carp, tench, roach, rudd, bream and even goldfish.

This is a great venue to take a youngster, or just to catch lots of fish from. Day tickets on the bank No night fishing Stanning Hall Stanning Hall has three lakes; the first of which is the carp lake with fish to 26lb. It is a syndicate lake on weekends and day ticket on week days.

The middle lake is the day / match lake. This unusual shaped lake is feature packed and newly stocked with fish up to 18lb. It holds lots of carp and a good head of tench to double figures.

There are also pike to 20lb and lots of silver fish. The back lake is stocked with carp, tench and pike. Day tickets on the bank Contact Kevin on 01603 737426 Booton Clay Pit This is a triangular wooded pit of around 3.5 to 4 acres, and is feature packed with deep water and shallow bars.

It holds a very good head of Mirror carp to over 30lb, a good head of roach, lots of tench and a few very big bream, with pike to over 25lb. Day tickets on the bank Night fishing is available Catch 22 Catch 22 has two lakes full of common Mirror and Leather carp. The larger lake is about 20 acres with carp to 40lbs and many over 20 lb.

The bream go to about 14lb, tench to 10lb and pike to over 35lb. The smaller lake is about 4.5 acres with depth to 12 feet and is syndicate. Martham Pits Martham pits a super tench fishery next to the River Thurne.

It is a complex of small pits which are reed lined with big weed beds, and depths from 4 to 10ft of clear water. There is a very good head of tench from 2.5 to 6lb with a few very big ones. There are good numbers of roach, Crucian carp, rudd, pike and carp to double figures.

Fishing On The Ant In The Spring/Summer The Ant In the summer the fish move on to all parts of the River. The ant mouth has a good head of bream to 8lb which respond well to feeder tactics. Worm, maggot and corn are the best bait fish with a 14 or 16 hook to a 44g open end feeder with a river or bream ground bait.

Ant mouth to How Hill has a good head of bream and roach, the roach respond well to maggot and the bigger fish coming to caster fished on a 18 hook or two maggots on a 14 or 16 the stick float or pole working best. How Hill to Irstead Stave, the stave has always been a hot spot for bream on a night time as Barton Broad narrows down to the narrow river funnelling all the fish past you. Fish at night on feeder with worm and maggot to get the best results.

Barton Broad Turkey Broad has a good head of fish mainly Roach and Rudd. Neatishead can be good for Roach and Perch but only on a evening as in day time this is a turning basin and very busy. Barton broad the rest of the broad has a very good head of Rudd round the margins with good Roach and Bream in deeper water, fish on the waggler with 3lb line to a 16 hook with maggot and castor for some good sport.

The drop off between the posts holds pike waiting for fish to pass over them from the shallow water, lures which work down to 4 to 6 feet fished from shallow to deep water working well. Up stream to Wayford has lots of small spots to fish with roach and pike taking shelter under the trees which line the River. Wayford to Dilham is the same but the narrowness of the river makes it hard to fish in day time.

Sutton Broad is a lovely place to fish in late June there is a lot of swallow tail butterfly s working the reeds. There is a good head of fish with some good bream on the broad. Pikeing to be had on surface lures round the margins or on wobbled dead baits like smelt or roach.

Fishing On The Bure To The Thurne Mouth Spring/Summer This has some of the best day time fishing on the river as it has colour all of the time. Fish on the feeder to catch bream chopped worm works well or on the stick float with maggot or castor or hemp and tares to catch the roach. South walsham broad has some of the biggest bream with fish to double figures possible best fished at night with a big bait like worm or corn fished over a big bed of bread crumb ground bait.

Ranworth fish as S.walsham a good spot for bream at night especially when the fish move from Ranworth broad on to the river to feed after dark. Horning the river has a lot of species with the river turning up some nice tench to 12lb after dark it has a good head of bream which feed day or night and lots of roach. The entrance to the dykes hold a good number of pike at this time of the year waiting for the smaller to come out of the dykes to feed on the river at night.

Salhouse this is one of the best spots on the river to catch a carp with fish to 35lb most caught by accident by bream anglers fishing at night over big beds of bread crumb and pellets it has a good head of roach and a very good head of Perch with most fish over 1,5lb up to 3.5lb best fished on lob worm or small live bait. Fish a size 4 or 6 hook to 6lb line and a small bob float. Wroxham with all of the people feeding the ducks bread it is a good spot for roach and bream and as most of the cottages have fishermen all season who put ground bait in it atracks a lot of fish with some good tench at night with all of the small fish it holds a good head of pike try a lure to catch them as they have learned to catch the small fish as they are put back.

Colitishall the common has the biggest perch on the river with fish over 5lb Lob worm or small lives are the best baits to catch them. The mill pool fishes well in the summer months as the water is well oxygenated with some good trout to 4lb a nice change. Fishing On The Ant Autumn/Winter River Ant This time of the year the roach and bream are moving off the tidal stretches to there winter holding grounds in the dykes and boat yards.

On the river Ant they move above Barton Broad in to Neastishead dyke which is free fishing, this can be a bit cramped as it is limited in space. Maggot is the main bait for the roach & bream with castor picking up the bigger fish also worm can pick up some very big perch to over 3lb from right under your feet as they hold round your keepnet. This spot can hold some nice pike as their is lots of food fish to hold them.

Barton Stave is a good spot to try for some nice size pike, it is free fishing and holds a good number of fish, fishing from the bank a dead bait fished at distance is the best tactic as most of the fish are laying up after feeding in the private yards so they are not at there hungriest, a static bait is best to tempt them. Dilham Stave by the bridge is another free spot right at the top so the fish can t get any further, this makes a great spot shelted in a cut where you miss the worst of the weather. this spot is best fished on maggot & castor for the silver fish.

Worm or small live baits work best for the perch, fish 6lb line to a size 4 or 6 hook and a small bob float, do not use a wire trace for perch as they do not take very well on wire . Don t worry about pike on this rig as they can shake a small hook in a couple of days. This is a good spot for pike, best fished on live bait as most are here on a feeding spell and will drop back down when they have fed.

Stalham, the best free spot is the coal yard at the back of the Richardson boat yard with parking at the side of the water, a nice change, best fished the same as Dilham Ground bait on the Ant at this time of the year is a good holding tactic as the water is some times clear ,the best is a dark lake type with a high hemp content to make it active or you can add a bit of crushed hemp to make it active. Bure down to Thurne mouth In October the fish start to move up stream to Horning and Wroxham to avoid the salt tides. Horning fishes well in early autumn on the main river, stick float with maggot, castor or hemp and tares the top bait for the roach.

The bream respond best on the ground bait feeder with corn or pellet mixed in on a night time, heavy baiting will help to hold them so a large bag is possible with the odd big tench possible, as it get colder the fish go in to the boat yards. Salhouse the island is the top spot. fishing on to the main river, it hold all sorts .

Big Perch round your feet, big bream on a night time with some very big river Carp to over 30lb Top bait is lob worm or small live bait for perch. Maggot & Castor for roach with worm or corn on night time for the bream. Wroxham with all of it s boat yards it is a haven for silver fish seeking shelter from the salt and cold water in the main river as the yards hold a more even temperature.

Fishing between the two bridges can be very good when the water is coloured with big roach, bream some very big perch being the main species with a few big tench showing after dark. All the bread being fed to the ducks attracts a lot of small fish which attracts the pike and perch. Live bait and worms work well for the perch with deads working best for the bigger pike Belaugh is another good spot for some autumn sport with some good roach and bream fishing to be had, this spot holds some fun pikeing with a lot of small fish and a few big female pike after Christmas Coltishall has a nice stretch of bank which is easily accessible and can have some nice autumn sport.

By the pubs is the home for some of the biggest perch on the river with fish to over 5lb caught this year.

Horstead Mill is a lovely pool with a lot of different species and some big brown trout to 4lb a possibility.

Big plans for 70th show

Organisers intend to stage a big 70 th celebration this year, said the newly-elected president of Aylsham Show. Simon Evans, who took over at the Aylsham Agricultural Show Association s annual meeting, said that a special anniversary dinner would also be held in June. And plans were already taking shape for Norfolk s biggest-one day show on August Bank Holiday Monday, said Mr Evans, who was also re-elected chairman of the association s council.

The long-serving secretary, Christopher Self, told members that he would be retiring after his 40 th show. And his wife, Ann, who has been assistant show secretary for more than 30 years, would also be standing down. Although the financial results of last summer s show were hit by the disastrous weather, show organisers remain optimistic that the association s fortunes can be reversed.

David Hitcham, the association s treasurer, said that prudent reserves of more than 71,000 had been set aside over many years, which would enable the organisers to stage an even bigger and better show. We ve had two wet years and 37 dry shows in my time, he added. A loss on the year of more than 25,000 was reported on top of a 6,000 loss in 2014 and as a result, the association would not make any donations to good causes and local charities, he said.

Over the past eight years, the association had made a surplus of more than 216,000 and been able to distribute tens of thousands to local good causes, charities and community groups. The association was founded in 1946, partly to raise funds for the town s recreation ground. Retiring show president Tony Bambridge, of Park Farm, Blickling, said that the weather had obviously reduced gate receipts.

However, he thanked the loyal army of supporters who turned out for what was a memorable show. Hundreds of exhibitors, trade stands, livestock competitors, show stewards and members of the public attended despite the weather as rain fell from almost 6am to 6pm, he said. Mr Bambridge and members of farm staff were also thanked for helping so many visitors to leave the showground as parts of BlicklingPark became a mudbath.

Efforts to restore the parkland were also much appreciated, said retiring secretary Mr Self. Members, who met at the Aylsham Lodge Hotel, elected John Wootten, of Aylsham, former head steward for showground lay-out, as president-elect. Mr Evans, who was elected president, was grand ring commentator for more than 10 years, and also long-serving chairman of council.

An anniversary, black tie dinner, would be held at the North Repps Cottage on Friday, June 10.

Details would be sent to members.

Tudor Places of Great Britain Book Tour: Tall Tales and Ghost Stories

Best-selling author and Tudor Society founder Claire Ridgway joins us today to kick off the book tour for her brand new book! Tudor Places of Great Britain lists over 175 historical sites connected to the Tudor monarchs and important historical figures, from palaces to merchant houses to monastic ruins. Each listing is accompanied by descriptions and highlights, full address and website details so you can plan your trek across historical Tudor England.

And now Claire will tell us all about Tudor places that have some spooky inhabitants Blickling Hall in Norfolk is the probable birth place of Queen Anne Boleyn and although the original Boleyn manor house no longer exists, the Jacobean house built on its site is said to be haunted by Anne every year on 19th May, the anniversary of her execution. Apparently, a carriage pulled by headless horses with a headless coachman arrives at the hall and a headless Anne Boleyn gets out carrying her severed head. The ghostly Anne then roams the hall s corridors until daybreak, when she disappears.

Blickling Hall is also said to be haunted by Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne, on the date of Anne s execution. Thomas Boleyn died in 1539 and legend has it that as penance for the untimely deaths of two of his children he must cross twelve bridges before cock-crow on 19th May. With his ghostly coach of headless horses, he starts at Blickling and crosses bridges at Aylsham, Belaugh, Burg, Buxton, Coltishall, Hautbois, Meyton, Oxnead and Wroxham.

If you visit Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire, you will understand just why its beautiful and atmospheric ruins were used as settings for scenes in Bram Stoker s Gothic masterpiece Dracula . Stoker was inspired by the imposing ruins and the ancient Whitby legend of the monstrous black dog, or barguest, which leapt ashore as Russian schooner The Demetrios (renamed the Demeter by Stoker) sank in the turbulent seas beneath the abbey. The dog was said to have run up the 199 steps to the graveyard beside the abbey and then disappeared among the dead.

It is also said that the barguest roams the North Yorkshire moors and that anyone who is unlucky enough to hear it howling will be dead by dawn. It may well have been the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s Hound of the Baskervilles . The stunning ruins of Furness Abbey are located just outside the town of Barrow-in-Furness in the picturesque Cumbrian countryside.

The abbey s lovely ruins and peaceful location give the site a tranquil and mysterious atmosphere, due in part to the many supernatural legends surrounding the location. At least three ghosts are said to haunt the ruins and it is even said that the Holy Grail and King John s missing jewels are hidden in its secret passages. This lovely black-and-white half-timbered manor house in Salford has several ghosts: the White Lady, who is said to haunt the great hall and star chamber; the ghost of Sir John Radclyffe, a previous owner; and the ghost of Cecily, whose presence is always accompanied by the fragrance of roses.

The Tower of London is famous for being the site of much bloodshed and for being the prison of many hundreds, if not thousands, of people since it was first built by William the Conqueror in the late 11th century. It is little wonder, therefore, that it is haunted by a multitude of ghosts. The Princes in the Tower In the 15th century it was reported that guards saw the shadows of two children gliding down the stairs of the Bloody Tower before the children, dressed in white nightgowns and holding hands, then appeared in front of the men.

The guards believed them to be the ghosts of Edward V and his brother Richard, Duke of York, who had disappeared while being held at the Tower of London. In 1674, the skeletons of two children were found at the Tower and it was believed that they were the remains of the princes. Arbella Stuart Arbella, or Arabella, Stuart, cousin of James I, was imprisoned in the Tower of London after hatching a plan to allow her husband, William Seymour, to escape from the Tower.

After five years of imprisonment in the Tower, Arbella gave up hope and refused to eat, dying in September 1615. Arbella is said to haunt the Queen s House of the Tower of London. Sir Walter Ralegh It is said that the ghost of Sir Walter Ralegh, who was imprisoned in the Bloody Tower and executed in 1618, appeared at least three times between 1620 and 1705 to uphold the honour of his Protestant country against the threat of Catholicism .

He has also been seen wandering around the Tower. A phantom bear once scared a guard quite literally to death after appearing near the Martin Tower. Henry VI The king who is believed to have been killed on Edward IV s orders in 1471, while imprisoned in the Tower of London, is said to pace around the Wakefield Tower just before midnight on the anniversary of his death.

When the clock strikes twelve he gradually disappears. Lady Jane Grey On 12th February 1957, the anniversary of her execution, two guardsmen saw a white shape on the battlements which they believed to be Lady Jane. Her husband Guildford Dudley has also allegedly been seen, sobbing in the Beauchamp Tower.

Anne Boleyn has been spotted at the Tower on various occasions. In 1817, a sentry is said to have died of a heart attack after being confronted by Anne s ghost on a stairway and in 1864 a soldier from the King s Royal Rifle Corps, who was being court-martialed for falling asleep on duty, claimed that he had been knocked unconscious after being accosted by a woman wearing a Tudor gown and French hood. When he challenged her, the woman carried on walking towards him and he realised that there was no head in the hood.

He charged at her with his bayonet out, but he passed straight through her body . A jolt, like an electric shock, knocked him out. His story was corroborated by two of his colleagues.

A ghostly Anne has also been seen leading a procession of knights and ladies down the aisle of the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula, the Tower s Chapel Royal and Anne s resting place. This spectacle was seen by a Captain of the Guard in the 19th century, who saw a light in the Chapel but found the door locked. When he took a ladder to the Chapel windows to see what was going on, he saw the ghostly procession, which disappeared after processing down the aisle several times.

Jane Seymour and Catherine Howard, Henry VIII s third and fifth wives, are said to haunt Hampton Court Palace. Jane s white form has been seen carrying a lighted taper and walking through Clock Court s cobbled courtyard on or around 12 October, the anniversary of the birth of her son Edward VI. Jane died twelve days after her son s birth.

According to popular legend, Catherine Howard managed to escape from her imprisonment in her chamber at Hampton Court Palace in 1541 and ran down the gallery to try and speak to the King who was at Mass in his chapel. She was caught before she had chance to explain herself to the King and she was taken back to her chamber screaming. That is apparently why a ghostly form is seen drifting down the gallery, now known as the Haunted Gallery, with a ghastly look of despair on its face and making the most unearthly shrieks.

Another Hampton Court Palace ghost is that of Sibell Penn, Edward VI s former wet-nurse, who has been sighted on numerous occasions as a lady in grey since nearby Hampton Church was pulled down in 1829 and her remains were disturbed. When I visited Hampton Court Palace a few years ago, my guide told me that the ghost of a little dog has also been seen in the Wolsey Closet of the Palace, and, I suspect you ve seen the video of the ghostly figure, that s been nicknamed Skeletor , caught on CCTV camera opening a security door at the palace back in 2003. Those are just some of the ghosts that haunt British historic places and there are many more.

Most properties seem to have a grey lady or two in residence! Images: Blickling Hall Christine Matthews Whitby Abbey reflection Rob Farrow Furness Abbey David Jackson Muncaster Castle Alexander P Kapp Orsdall Hall David Dixon The White Tower Colin Smith Anne Boleyn s Gateway, Hampton Court Palace John S. Turner Win a copy of Tudor Places of Great Britain!

We have one copy of Tudor Places of Great Britain to give away courtesy of MadeGlobal Publishing 1 . Just leave a comment below telling us which Tudor Palace you would like to visit, or have enjoyed visiting before. Entries close on Sunday Dec 8th at midnight.

Winners have five days to respond. Be sure to check out all the stops on the Tudor Places of Great Britai n book tour. Tudor Places of Great Britain The Tudor dynasty ruled from 1485 to 1603 and had a huge impact on England and Wales, not only on society but also on the British landscape.

Henry VIII was a keen builder, building and renovating properties to serve as pleasure palaces, but his Dissolution of the Monasteries also led to historic properties falling into ruin. Tudor favourites spent their new-found wealth building lavish mansions or converting castles into sumptuous manor houses as statements of their success and to impress the visiting monarch. In Tudor Places of Great Britain, Tudor history author and founder of the Tudor Society Claire Ridgway guides the reader through properties linked to Tudor monarchs and prominent people of the time, from impressive palaces like Hampton Court Palace, through romantic monastic ruins and merchant houses, to unspoilt villages like Lavenham and Weobley.

With over 175 listings, which include descriptions and highlights, full address and website details, Tudor Places of Great Britain is a comprehensive guide to British Tudor places. Meet the Author Claire Ridgway is the author of the best-selling books George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier And Diplomat (Co-Written With Clare Cherry), On This Day In Tudor History , The Fall Of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown, The Anne Boleyn Collection and The Anne Boleyn Collection II , Sweating Sickness In A Nutshell and Tudor Places Of Great Britain . Claire was also involved in the English translation and editing of Edmond Bapst s 19th century French biography of George Boleyn and Henry Howard, now available as Two Gentleman Poets At The Court Of Henry VIII .

Claire worked in education and freelance writing before creating The Anne Boleyn Files 2 history website and becoming a full-time history researcher, blogger and author. The Anne Boleyn Files is known for its historical accuracy and Claire s mission to get to the truth behind Anne Boleyn s story. Her writing is easy-to-read and conversational, and readers often comment on how reading Claire s books is like having a coffee with her and chatting about history.

Claire is also the founder of The Tudor Society 3 .

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Norfolk heritage venues prepare to open their doors

Norfolk heritage venues prepare to open their doors for this year s Heritage Open Days This year s Heritage Open Days are fast approaching. This national, annual event offers visitors a rare opportunity to delve into Norfolk s fascinating and sometimes hidden heritage for free. The festival kicks off on Thursday 10 th September and will run through until Sunday 13 th September .

With events to suit everyone, this great celebration of our county s fantastic heritage is not to be missed. In Norwich and Norfolk alone there are more than 240 free events taking place across Norwich, Thetford, Breckland, South Norfolk, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, North Norfolk and further afield . Featuring open buildings, guided tours and walks, literary events, exhibitions and performances, there s plenty to see and do across the long heritage weekend.

And as well as the ever-popular pre-book events, there are lots of drop-in activities and open buildings see how many you can fit in! Highlights from the programme of drop-in events include: The Guildhall, Thetford: There has been a guildhall on the site since the 14th century. The current building was used as courtrooms until the second half of the 20th century.

There will be two performances of The Capable Convict Henry Kable , a play by the Fine Time Theatre Company in the Small Court; tickets are available on a first come first served basis. In the Large Court there will be Georgian-themed costumed characters and an opportunity to handle historical objects, courtesy of the Ancient House Museum. Upstairs is the Jack Pilling Art Gallery, providing exhibition space to artists and a coffee shop.

North Walsham: Making History! at Arts North Norfolk: Take a peek at North Walsham s heritage by experiencing its rich history through everyday objects, photographs and stories. There is an historical treasure trail for kids and a chance to guess the mystery objects!

See photographs and objects from a bygone era, view the online community photographic archive or soak someone in the medieval stocks! Part of the North Walsham cluster of events over the heritage weekend. Harleston Tea and Memories, South Norfolk: Come along and share your memories and memorabilia from days gone by.

Bring old photos, letters, granny s recipe book or grandad s medals and share memories of life in the Waveney Valley. Hear about the Great War project being run by Waveney Archaeology Group, The 8 th in the East , and how you can get involved. Tea and cakes provided!

Part of the Harleston cluster of events taking place over the heritage weekend. Wherry Hathor at Pull s Ferry, Norwich. Rare visit to Norwich by this unique pleasure wherry, built in 1905 for the Colman sisters.

It is an iconic symbol of the Edwardian discovery of the Broads as a holiday destination. Newly re-launched, her magnificent and colourful Egyptian-themed interiors have been lovingly restored to their original grandeur by the Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust, in whose care she now rests. Happisburgh Lighthouse, North Norfolk.

Erected in 1791, Happisburgh Lighthouse is the only independently operated working lighthouse in the UK. Saved from closure by the local community in 1988, it is now managed by the Happisburgh Lighthouse Trust. Funding for operational and maintenance costs is raised entirely by voluntary effort.

Visitors can climb the tower (112 steps) as part of a guided tour. Hopton Ruined Church (Old St Margaret s Church), Hopton-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth: Another chance to see the conservation work being undertaken on this early medieval Grade II listed ruin. Visitors of all ages will also have the opportunity to take part in a number of activities including: a flintknapping demonstration with John Lord on Friday, nature workshop with Emma Purnell on Saturday, and an archaeology activity day with Giles Emery on Sunday.

Priory Gardens: Past Times Fayre, Great Yarmouth. A pop-up Gorleston Community Heritage Centre. Interest groups and schools will be exhibiting their local heritage projects within the lovely setting of Priory Gardens.

There will be a marquee housing a vintage tearoom and various activities will be taking place. Part of the Friends of Priory Gardens public consultation on Gorleston community heritage and the proposal for a dedicated heritage hub in the town. Blickling Estate Manor House, Broadland: This distinctive farmhouse is part of the Blickling Estate and has been let for many years.

Now empty, visitors will have the chance to look around this 16 th -century house for the first time. It has been left as it was found and one of the uses proposed is as a holiday let with a difference. Late additions to the drop-in programme, available to view only on the website, include: St Barnabus Church, Norwich: An early 20th century church with six stained glass windows and a war memorial, listing 200 servicemen of the First & Second World Wars.

Princes Street Reformed Church, Norwich: The church building has been refurbished to provide a flexible space within the sanctuary. A glazed screen is incorporated in the design allowing a street view of the sanctuary. The Gallery has both straight and curved pews with bold decorative ironwork round the balcony.

There is colourful, spectacular plasterwork on the ceiling. Any remaining tickets for pre-book events will be available to book in person only from HEART at The Guildhall, Norwich (10am-4pm) from 1 st September and over the course of Heritage Open Days. Keep up to date by visiting 1 , or follow @norwichheart 2 , #NorwichHODS 3 and #NorfolkHODs 4 on Twitter and Norwich HEART 5 on Facebook.

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Nominations open for the Norfolk Hero Food and Drink Awards 2015 …

Aylsham Show 2015 president Tony Bambridge(centre) launches the Food and Drink Heroes competition with last years winners(l to r) Paul Graves of butchers H V Graves, Nicola Colchester from the Recruiting Sergeant, Tim Elwes from The Saracens Head and Anna Duttson from The Norfolk Mead Hotel. Picture by SIMON FINLAY. Sophie Wyllie 1 Tuesday, February 10, 2015 3:56 PM Food lovers can now vote for their favourite businesses which promote Norfolk s varied produce and put the county on the gastronomic map.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in. The Norfolk Hero Food and Drink competition, which has grown in popularity since it started in 2007, is open for public nominations. Votes can be cast for five categories and a champion will be chosen out the five winners – announced at the Aylsham Show at Blickling Park on August 31.

Winners of last year s competition, organised by the Aylsham Show association, were crowned at the historic Blickling Hall today. Overall champion was The Saracens Head in Wolterton, which won the Best Use of Norfolk Produce on Menu category. Tim Elwes, 53, from Burgh, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife Janie, said: We were in shock when we were announced as winners because there are great people out there in Norfolk.

We are very lucky because we have so many good suppliers and farmers that care dearly about their produce. We try to get as much local food as we can, which is not difficult because there is so much out there. The couple took over the restaurant in April 2010, during the recession, but Mr Elwes said they stuck to their guns in terms of providing quality local food which has proved a success.

Other winners were: Best Food and Drink Supplier – butcher s, bakery and grocery store Herbert V Graves Ltd in Briston. Best New Food and Drink Venture – Norfolk Mead Hotel in Coltishall. Best Specialist Food or Drink Producer – Surlingham-based Winbirri Vineyards English Wines.

Individual Hero Award – Husband and wife team Nicola and Matthew Colchester who run the Recruiting Sergeant in Horstead, The Bucks Arms near Blickling Hall, Black Boys Hotel in Aylsham, and The Ship Inn in South Walsham. Jacinth Rogers, chairman of the Norfolk Hero Food and Drink Awards Committee, said: The competition started off in a small way and has gone from strength to strength. More people are interested in where their food comes from and want to praise the knowledge of the producers.

It is good for the industry and showcases the various producers. Simon Evans, vice-president and chairman of the Aylsham Show, said: There will be visitors from all over the country who might be surprised at what Norfolk can offer. This year s categories are the same as last year s and the deadline for nominations is May 15.

They can be made by visiting 2 or picking up a leaflet from Norfolk food businesses.

Do you know of an unsung food hero?

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