Exploring the valley's rich heritage
On 16th February, fifty people joined Professor Tom Williamson of the UEA School of History's Landscape Group on a walk around Thelnetham and Blo'Norton, exploring our rich heritage of historic buildings and the history of land use and ownership that has shaped the local landscape. The route took in St Mary's Well and ended at Thelnetham Windmill where some of the team that restored it from dereliction in the 1980s were on hand to explain its history. The walk was part of the LOHP's Heritage Walk series funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Watch our Events and Guided Walks page for information on forthcoming walks.
LOHP wins new awards
New awards for the LOHP have been given by CPRE Norfolk. At a ceremony in the Norwich Assembly Rooms on 21st November the LOHP was given a CPRE Norfolk Award, which recognises 'significant achievements in buildings and landscape' and was also honoured to receive, from Mrs Joy Boldero, one of the first Boldero Awards for 'enabling, enhancing and encouraging access to the countryside'. These awards are another great way to celebrate our 10th anniversary year and, like our previous awards, are a tribute to all the many volunteers who make up the LOHP.
Creative Arts project gets creative!
- Writers and Photographers - collaborating together on journeys through the Little Ouse valley.
- The Mille Fleurs ("1000 flowers") visual art project where a diversity of work will be made into a frieze of 1000 pieces, each focusing on a single animal, plant, seed, leaf or other living subject from the valley.
- Music and performance - poets, musicians and other performers will produce podcasts or live performances to celebrate the valley.
For more information and to get involved click here
Fun, Food, Fens and Folk on the Frith
The LOHP celebrated its 10th anniversary in style and good company with an open afternoon of demonstrations, displays and games exploring the role that the fens used to play in the lives of local people and the impact that changes in farming had on local wildlife and landscape. Our 'birthday bunting' flag competition was judged by Richard Mabey - congratulations to the winners who were: winners were May Seldis (under 8), Beech Tree class from Garboldisham Primary School (8-11), Rachel Brown (12-17) and Sue Lawrence (adult). The day ended with folk music from Two's Company, distictively Norfolk bluegrass from Ben Grizzly and the Looseleaf Drifters and a Ceilidh from the excellent and entertaining Cambridge University Ceilidh Band.