Episode 36: A Norwich Pub Quiz

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Black Anna, the landlady of the Jolly Butchers public house on Ber Street, Norwich [image from Picture Norfolk]

On the podcast this week Librarian Rachel is the pub quiz master, asking ten questions about Norwich’s pubs. You can pause and rewind if you need more time on each question, and feel free to use these questions at your own lockdown lock-in.

The book mentioned is “Norwich Pubs and Breweries Past and Present” by local historians Frances and Michael Holmes – you can buy it here.

Download the quiz here:

Norwich Pub Quiz Questions and Answers

 

Episode 35: My Norfolk, My Holt: Tony Britten

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“My Norfolk, My Holt” are a series of interviews with local people led by volunteer Phil Barrett at Holt Library. The sessions are about valuing the contributions of individuals to the life of the community past and present. Participants talk about the Holt and Norfolk they know and love, past and present; how it was when they first knew it, and how it is now, both from a personal and professional point of view.

In this podcast episode Phil talks to Tony Britten, Artistic Director for Holt Festival, film director and composer. Tony is arguably best known for composing the UEFA Champions League Anthem in 1992. He was born in London in 1955 and has lived in or around Holt and Norfolk for 20 odd years.

He has worked all over Europe, in the States and New Zealand, but feels Holt is like a village, in that lots of people seem to know each other, and yet it has the bustle of a town.

He is still a Holt Festival supporter, and likes to play dominoes in The Hunny Bell pub.

VE Day 75: Norfolk in World War II

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VE Day celebratory street party in Walsingham, 1945

To mark 75 years since Victory in Europe Day, Norfolk Heritage Centre and the American Library have created a set of ten posters telling the stories of Norfolk’s men, women, and children during World War II.

  • Download the PDF versions here:

Norfolk in WWII posters

  • Or the jpeg versions below (click to enlarge the image and right click to save):

Episode 34: The Second Air Division in East Anglia

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Victory parade in Cathedral Close, Norwich, 1945 – image from Picture Norfolk

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May, this week’s podcast is a potted history of the 2nd Air Division of the United States Army Air Forces in World War II, with Librarian Orla Kennelly. Hear about the connections forged between locals and the Americans in wartime Norfolk and the continuing legacy of the 2nd Air Division in East Anglia today.

The American Library, formerly known as the Second Air Division Memorial Library, has recently undergone a redevelopment and re-branding. Read more about the library on their website, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Episode 33: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives

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Mabel Clarkson, image from Picture Norfolk

We are grateful to Frank Meeres, who recorded his “Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives” talk from home for the podcast this week.

Frank’s talk, based on his book of the same name, tells the true stories of a number of  Norfolk women in the first half of the twentieth century, at a time when women were just beginning to achieve equality in politics and in other spheres of life.

See below for the images referred to during Frank’s talk. Thanks for listening!

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Episode 32: My Norfolk, My Holt: Dr Andrew Chapman

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“My Norfolk, My Holt” are a series of interviews with local people led by volunteer Phil Barrett at Holt Library. The sessions are about valuing the contributions of individuals to the life of the community past and present. Participants talk about the Holt and Norfolk they know and love, past and present; how it was when they first knew it, and how it is now, both from a personal and professional point of view.

In this podcast episode Phil talks to Dr Andrew Chapman, retired Holt GP who was born in Clapham in the same year the NHS began, in 1948. During his long career Dr Chapman was school doctor at Greshams, and since retirement has enjoyed sailing, gardening and time with family.

See below for more information on Dr Chapman – we hope you enjoy this episode!

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Episode 31: My Norfolk, My Holt: Beryl Knowles

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“My Norfolk, My Holt” are a series of interviews with local people led by volunteer Phil Barrett at Holt Library. The sessions are about valuing the contributions of individuals to the life of the community past and present. Participants talk about the Holt and Norfolk they know and love, past and present; how it was when they first knew it, and how it is now, both from a personal and professional point of view.

In this podcast episode Phil talks to Beryl Knowles, retired Head Teacher of Holt Primary School, about her formative years, what brought her to North Norfolk, and her passions for running and reading.

Beryl was born in 1952 in Lancashire and moved to Norfolk in August 1975. She became Head Teacher at Holt Primary in 1995 – starting the first day of term on her birthday. She has been involved in the creative festival Falcon, Norwich Road Runners, the National Trust, and the “Chalk and Cheese” reading group. Since retiring Beryl has taken up running and has completed several half-marathons.

Episode 29: My Norfolk My Holt: Norman Lamb

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Former MP for North Norfolk Norman Lamb talks to Phil Barrett about his close family, being an advocate for mental health support, his love for Norwich City FC, and how he came to live in North Norfolk.

This conversation was recorded in front of an audience at Holt Library in September 2018 as part of the “My Norfolk My Holt” series.

Norman is currently supporting the Eastern Daily Press’ “Not Alone” project, to help combat social isolation and loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic and help people maintain good mental health.

 

Episode 28: Church and Chapel in Georgian Norwich

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Octagon Chapel, Norwich (image from Picture Norfolk)

A cathedral, more than 30 parish churches and a wide range of chapels and meeting houses catered for the spiritual needs of the citizens of Georgian Norwich.

Join Ian Smith as he considers the prominent personalities and fluctuating fortunes of the Anglican Church and dissenting denominations which occupied these places of worship, and compares the religious landscape of Norwich with that of the rest of the kingdom.

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