Published: Monday, 1st August 2022
A free drop-in event for families to go back in time to Tudor times proved popular yesterday, Sunday 31 July 2022.
South Lynn Community Centre hosted the fun-day that was made possible by ward members, Cllr Charles Joyce and Cllr Alexandra Kemp, with a contribution from their Councillor Community Grant Scheme allocation.
Cllr Alexandra Kemp, Ward member for South and West Lynn, said: “Tudor Day was a triumph. It was wonderful to see hundreds of local families at the Community Centre here in South Lynn, enjoying an action-packed day bringing the community together. Children have been writing with feather quill pens, colouring and decorating craft crowns to take home, playing Noughts and Crosses on a giant board using “tree stumps” as counters, competing in hobby horse jousting on a special racecourse, finding out how a Tudor watering can works, learning about Tudor herbs in the sensory herb garden, listening to stories and tasting Tudor treats.
"History, nature, sports, writing, food, there was something for everyone.
"The children have met characters from history, including Anne Boleyn and her daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, played by Dayna Woolbright and Rachel Duffield from the Norfolk Museum Service
"There was even a copy of the King John Charter, that gave Lynn the right to govern itself. And the Charter given to Lynn by Queen Mary I, Queen Elizabeth’s sister, in 1557, that made South Lynn part of the borough.
"Children said they especially loved writing with the quill pens, and learning about Tudor lettering, and said that they would like to come to future events.
"Poppy aged 9 said, “The best bit was meeting the Queen.”
"I hope this event encourages more people to use this centre in South Lynn."
Cllr Charles Joyce, Ward member for South and West Lynn, added: “This is an excellent example of how the Community Grant Scheme can make a difference to residents in our ward. Many local families from South Lynn and beyond have come to visit this free family event. I thank Rachael Williams, Dayna Woolbright and Rachel Duffield from Norfolk Museums Service for organising this with their Kick the Dust team.”
The Community Grant Scheme is aimed at supporting local community groups and activities in their wards. Each ward member has £1000 to spend in the scheme. Cllrs Kemp and Joyce paid £600 each towards this event.