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May 2016

Has Darren Got Talent

20th May 2016

This morning I was joined by Darren Altman who is hoping to make it through to the live Semi-Finals on Britain's Got Talent this weekend.  His impressions in the heats wowed Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alisha Dixon and he sailed through with four yes's.  

Watch Saturday Night on ITV to see if he makes it through and hear just how amazing his impersonations are below.



Good luck Darren.


Posted by Simon Rowe at 9:21am


Be a TV star this week

20th May 2016

This morning I spoke to Damon Driver who has worked and starred in shows such as Game of Thrones and Captain America.  He's in King's Lynn at the moment after traveling the world for his job and he's looking for you.


Find out more below.... Just listen


If you fancy being part of his next project he's looking for 20 people aged between 18 and 50 to star in a battle scene being filmed in Middleton.  If you'd like to be an extra, training and selection begins this Saturday at the Quarry in Middleton and you should book your place by calling 07517 10 62 78.

Posted by Simon Rowe at 6:59am


Halfway to 10000 Selfies

18th May 2016

Yesterday after around seven and half months of running around West Norfolk, Wisbech and Fakenham I finally found my 5000th person on 10,000 Selfies.  It was a really special moment, not for me but for Nicola Withers and her lovely family from Downham Market.  Just for being in the right place at the right time Nicola has won an Audi Convertible for the weekend from King's Lynn Audi!

Watch her reaction below and check out the faces of those that missed out but where so close!


To see all the pictures, find yours and check your number click here for the 10,000 Selfie gallery.  Remeber one of the Selfies will win an Ipad when I evneutaly reach 10,000.

Posted by Simon Rowe at 12:33pm


Mercury and the Sun

10th May 2016

Thanks to the King's Lynn and District Astronomy Society who I met on the Tuesday Market Place yesterday to take a look at Mercury in transit over the Sun.


It’s a rare astronomical event, it’s an event that only takes place once every 13 years and above you can see the planet for yourself, well if you look closely you can see it, if you look very closley!



Posted by Simon Rowe at 7:43am


The Tornado Trail

6th May 2016

The Tornado Trail

You may remember the Spitfire Trail around King’s Lynn last year, around 24 spitfires placed all over the centre of town and painted in the colours of their sponsors.  It was an excellent addition to the many things to do in our amazing town and this year you’ll get another opportunity to do something very similar.  

Last night I visited the launch of the Tornado Trail with the Air Cadets in King’s Lynn (42F (King's Lynn) Air Cadets) to see the first plane painted, fortunately Cllr Colling Manning the Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk applied the first touch  I had no hand in the artwork whatsoever.

The Tornado Trial is part of R.A.F Marham’s 100th anniversary celebrations and along with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and the Cadets you can be part of it when it begins in June.

There are around 14 Tornado’s that still need sponsorship and if you’re interested there’s more information available here. They are yours to keep after the event and are most definitely a talking point should they end up in your home or office.


 Air Cadets - Tornado Trail Launch


Big thanks for the invite from Flight Lieutenant Pauline Petch who also gave me a little tour of the 42f’s home and told more about what they do.  This includes taking part in numerous events in the community, ranging from charity work, parades and Civic Events, to assisting at the Sandringham Flower show and Stradsett Rally.

The squadron also organises several trips during the year including the visiting of war graves in France and Belgium which many cadets find emotional. The other visits include visiting Museums, RAF Stations and trips to Scotland to watch the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

They also have adventure training expeditions overseas and the opportunity to go to different parts of the country on an RAF Summer Camp.


There are many experiences that being a member of the squadron can offer and if you’re interested or know someone who is please contact the Cadets on (01553) 661240

Posted by Simon Rowe at 12:50pm


Solace of Souls

1st May 2016

Solace of SoulsSolace of Souls is a new local charitable trust that is working to improve the lives of people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, as well as their family and voluntary carers.

We currently offer a unique and personalised service for people in their own homes, providing access to emotional / bereavement support, advice and guidance, practical help with all end of life issues and respite for family carers.

We are also able to offer secular spiritual support to families of all faiths and cultures. 


Home Support Service

Our holistic support service begins from the moment someone receives their diagnosis.

We are then there throughout the whole challenging journey until at least three months after the person has passed away, to support everyone involved for as long as they need us.

Our role is to help reduce as much stress and pressure as possible in what is, without doubt, one of the hardest life challenges that anyone will encounter.

Below is a list of the types of support we are able to offer:

  • Thorough initial assessment of your needs
  • Written follow-up plan / confirmation of services agreed
  • Advocacy hours for liaison with other organisations/professionals (up to approximately 50 hours)
  • Personal therapy sessions for clients and / or family members (as required) including time for complimentary therapies, meditation, prayer/spiritual care (if required) and counselling (obviously each of these are separate sessions, not all in the same appointment).
  • General weekly/fortnightly home visits to offer support, advice and guidance as needed.
  • Telephone support for any worries or anxiety you may feel, particularly when there is no one else to talk to at difficult moments.
  • Planning and preparing a sacred space to offer peaceful, meaningful quality moments with your family and friends.
  • Creative memory boxes/precious moments activities to support young people through the difficult times and to give loved ones left behind.
  • Detailed funeral planning with you and loved ones.
  • On-call service during the end stages of life to provide personal and spiritual care, comfort and compassionate support to clients and families.
  • After-care support and talking therapies for families/loved ones left behind.
  • Any other possible practical/physical, social, emotional and spiritual interventions that we are able to (legally) facilitate for you and your family.

Please be assured that we will do the best that we can to accommodate all your needs as much as is possible. We are always ready to help or just listen, so please contact us at any time.

Solace of Souls 

Education and Training:

Another really important aspect of our work is education and training for people wishing to care for someone, holistically, as they near the end of life, taking into consideration all physical, emotional, social, environmental and spiritual issues that individuals may face.

The courses we offer are designed both for voluntary / family carers and health care professionals, and they have been written and created independently by Solace of Souls professionals, who are highly qualified and have many years experience in end of life care.

For more information on this, please do not hesitate to contact us.


How You Can Help Us:

There are a number of ways you can support Solace of Souls, including:

  • Volunteering  -  End of Life Support Volunteers;  Administrative Volunteers;  Events / Activities Volunteers.
  • Fundraising   -  Organising fundraising events on behalf of Solace of Souls (which we will help and support as much as possible).
  • Business Sponsorship  -  If you have your own business of any size, we are always looking for sponsors for our events and projects, ranging from small to larger amounts depending on what is needed. 
  • Donations / Donation Boxes  -  Any personal, voluntary donations are always very welcome, or you can ask about our donation boxes.

Please don't hesitate to contact us to find out more about ways you can support Solace. We are always happy to talk to you.


2016 Future Events and Projects:

We have several events already planned, including:

  • An Evening of Clairvoyance with 3 top International Mediums (for entertainment purposes only) at King's Lynn Arts Centre, 9th July at 7.00pm. Tickets available from the Corn Exchange Box Office
  • A spectacular 007 Themed Charity Dinner and Dance, with fun casino, on 10th September at the Le Strange Arms Hotel, Hunstanton. Tickets available via the Solace of Souls website.
  • Charity Fun Day stall at June's Bar, Sheppherd's Port, Beach Road, Snettisham on Sunday 29th May.



We also have a new project in the pipeline, which will be offering a specialised activities programme in the community for people who have a life-limiting illness, and their families.

This will be held at two community locations in West Norfolk and will include the following activities:

  • Arts and crafts activity groups
  • Gentle Yoga and Tai Chi sessions
  • Gentle dance and fitness classes
  • Music
  • Relaxation / meditation
  • Support groups
  • Coffee mornings / afternoons
  • Cooking and lunch club

We are aiming to launch this new and unique project in Autumn 2016.

For more information on all our services, projects and events, please go to our website at

or call;

01553 617 821

07482 206139

Registered Charity Number: 1168355

Posted by Charity of the Month at 2:48pm



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