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May 2017


16th May 2017

Good luck to everyone taking GCSE's this month.  It might surprise you to hear it wasn't actually that long ago that I found myself in exam conditions, about 5 years as part of the show I retook Maths at Springwood High and to my surprise even improved my grade.

I can remember spending hours revising, something I didn't do when it mattered, and the hard work paid off I can’t even describe how it felt to get the grade I did.   Ultimately you can only do your best, but it's important you do. 

Results aside I'm a true believer that if you want to do something, if there's a career you want, you can do it no matter what but a head start would be good exam results. 

Good luck. 


Please check out KLFM's exam survival guide for all the help, hints and tips you need.





Posted by Simon Rowe at 9:50am


Helping the community

10th May 2017

Last week the Mayor of King's Lynn & West Norfolk gathered together 32 local charities in his 'front room' at the Town Hall to share and talk about what they do for our area and the people who use their services.  Not only was it a chance for them to network and share ideas with each other but also an opportunity for others to learn about the help they have  available if needed and to perhaps volunteer to help the charity yourself.


Armed with KL.FM cakes from Nelson's Cottage Bakery, Ross Birkenshaw from the King's Lynn News Centre and I  took time to chat with and interview every single organisation to learn a little more about what they do to help publicise and promote their great work, for example:




The make custom made equipment for people with disabilities for free and showed us some of their amazingly cool and life changing inventions. For example one of their clients due to illness was unable to do the simplest of things such as blow his nose due to muscle degeneration.  Remap came up with the idea of a simple plastic ball with a slit in it so that when you squeezed it would grab a tissue for example, thus solving the problem.  This goes to prove the simplest ideas are the best ideas.



Little Discovers


They help children aged between 0-5 who have physical difficulties and delayed development to learn new skills.  For the past 11 years they’ve been successfully helping children who have movement difficulties and delayed development.



The Benjamin Foundation


They provide accommodation for homeless and vulnerable young adults aged between16 to 25 and help them get their lives back on track.



Lavender Hill Mob


These guys really are inclusive bunch of talented people.  They are a voluntary theatre company who create original work which is then performed by people from all walks of life, everyone is treated as in individual and they don’t exist for those that society labels as talented.



West Norfolk Community Transport


They are a fully accessible, door to door service for urban and rural communities, they operate a regular, local bus service which is provided by volunteers. 



Community Action Norfolk


They support voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and aim to build a stronger, fairer Norfolk



All of these charities and community groups will feature on Local Radio Day on Friday May 26th.  I’ll be on air for 13 hours straight giving these organisations the publicity they deserve whilst loving our area. 

Posted by Simon Rowe at 10:02am


Run Si Run..

2nd May 2017

Either I was at the back of the pack, way out in front or a little early for the Gear10k?


Posted by Simon Rowe at 9:52am


West Norfolk Stroke Association

1st May 2017


The Stroke Association provides high quality information, practical advice and emotional support in the aftermath of a stroke. We begin working with a stroke survivor, their carers and their family immediately following a stroke, and will continue to provide the support people need, for as long as they need it – within their own homes and back into the community.

The service offers:
  • Initial home/hospital visits to stroke patients.
  • Help for families and carers with the transition from hospital to home.
  • Emotional support, advice and information.
  • On-going contact and support for stroke survivors, families and carers.
  • Information and advice about help from health and social services, voluntary organisations as well as finance and benefits.
  • Signposting and links to local groups and other services.
This service is for stroke survivors (including TIAs/mini-strokes) of any age, people with disabilities caused by stroke, and families and carers of people affected by stroke, living in West Norfolk including Kings Lynn, Downham Market and Hunstanton.


Their focus is to raise awareness of Stroke through ‘Make May Purple’ and have organised a sponsored walk for stroke survivors, their families and carers and anyone else who would like to come along and support us.  ‘Make May Purple’ is a National event and events are being organised all over the country.

The sponsored walk for West Norfolk will be held at Sandringham on Saturday 20th May and registration can be done either online or participants can register on the day at the Visitors Centre from approx. 10.15am onwards ready for the start time of 11.00am. Full details can be found on our website on how to register along with a downloadable sponsor form.

In addition, the Town Hall has agreed to light up the landmark building ‘Purple’ on Friday 19th May in support and recognition of the Stroke Association to help raise awareness and the importance of the services offered in West Norfolk and Nationally.

Prevention Co-ordinator Diane West said:

"We are all very excited to be featuring as ‘Charity of the Month’ during May and hope through your support are able to raise awareness across West Norfolk and beyond."

Wellbeing programme for Carers

Stroke Association has secured funding from their development fund to provide a much needed wellbeing programme for carers. This will be free so please avail of this exciting opportunity.

It’s a 6 weekly programme specifically designed for carers which will help bring people together in a safe, supportive environment. It will help you understand more about anxiety and stress and its effects on the body.  You will also learn more effective ways of coping with it.  This will be done with lots of fun & interaction.

Who is the facilitator?

Carmel Austin who is an Independent Wellbeing practitioner and has worked in the Health & Social care sector in West Norfolk for over 20 years. Most recently as a Stroke Prevention Co-ordinator with the Stroke Association.

Where? We will meet at the:      King’s Centre (adjacent to ‘Goddards’)

Wellesley Street

King’s Lynn

PE30 1QD

Free car parking is available at rear of site


When?                                   Every Wednesday 10.30am - 12.30pm

                                                From 10th May to 21st June 2017

(excluding Wed 31st May)


To book a place or for further information:               

Ring Diane West on 07983 499 510 or email


Stroke Association:




The Downham Market Stroke Group meets weekly, Wednesdays - 1300 to 1500

Downham Market Methodist Church

Paradise Road

PE38 9JE

For further information Contact Gemma Smith on 01366 377803 ___________________________________________________________________
2017 Programme



5th                   Football / communication with Gemma


12th                 Shelly tbc (otherwise bingo) / Carmel relaxation for carers


19th                 Discover Downham Heritage centre trip


26th                 NO Hall, no group this week




3rd                  Gordon Stewart and guide dog Jandy talk


10th                MAKE MAY PURPLE, with auction, bring and buy and cakes!

                        Kim’s last session with group!


17th                 NO GROUP MEETING




24th                       Spring bulb Planting session / communication with Gemma


31st                 Shelley Exercise/Relaxation for carers





7th                   Bill Smith (tbc)


14th                 Art / Games/ Communication with Gemma 


21st                NO GROUP MEETING


28th June        Shelley Exercise/Relaxation for carers


19th July Outing to Gressenhall  (names being taken now)

                                    *Please don’t forget to bring a small raffle prize*


The Coastal Group meets Weekly Tuesdays 10.30 till 12.30

Hunstanton Methodist Church    Austin Street   PE36 6AL

                                     Programme  May – August 2017


2nd May          Carmel Relaxation for Carers - Helen Walker Mosaics 

9th May           Shelley Extend Exercises - Art Group

16th May         Make May Purple Sunshine Day Lunch

20th May         Saturday - Step Out for Stroke - Sandringham Picnic Site

23rd May         Shelley Extend Exercises - Art Workshop

30th May         Carmel Relaxation for Carers – Wiltshire Foods


6th June         Carmel Relaxation for Carers - Gemma Communication Group

13th June       Shelley Extend Exercise - Art Workshop

20th June       Carmel Relaxation for Carers - Diane West Wellbeing Workshop

27th June       Shelley Extend Exercises - Art Workshop


4th July           Carmel Relaxation for Carers – Baking Session

11th July         Shelley Extend Exercise Session - Art Workshop

18th July         Carmel Relaxation for Carers - Gemma Communication Group        

25th July         Shelley Extend Exercises – Art Workshop


1st Aug           Carmel Relaxation for Carers – Julie Sturgess Tai Chi

8th Aug           Shelley Extend Exercises - Art Workshop

15th Aug         Carmel Relaxation for Carers – Careline Care and Repair

22nd Aug        Shelley Extend Exercises - Art Workshop

29th Aug         Carmel Relaxation for Carers - Gemma Communication Group


For further information Contact Gemma Smith 01366 377803

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