Tourism looking for a boost thanks to national brochure launch

Tourism businesses and council representatives in Great Yarmouth gathered this week to launch the 2019 tourism season and brochure at a special celebration held at St George’s Theatre.

Jointly hosted by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area Ltd, the event looked back over the successes of 2018 and forward to the exciting activities and opportunities in 2019 and beyond. Over the coming months, the new vibrant tourism brochure will be going out to Tourist Information Centres across the UK, promoting everything the borough has to offer, including varied tourist attractions, family fun and entertainment, rich heritage, the beautiful beaches and Broads, eating out and shopping, and accommodation.


Tesco customers in Great Yarmouth donate 3,000 meals for food charities this Christmas

Generous customers in the town donated more than 3,000 meals for food charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust during the Tesco Food Collection.

The initiative ran in stores from November 29 to December 1.

Customers were asked to donate long-life items to help those in need as part of their usual shop.

The collections were donated to charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust.

Food donated to FareShare was distributed to charities and community groups.

They used it to provide meals for vulnerable groups such as isolated older people and those in homeless shelters.


Freemasons raise more than £2m for air ambulance

In 2007 the Freemasons launched their grant scheme for Air Ambulances and equivalent rescue services across England and Wales.

Since then over £2.3m has been donated with the East Anglian Air Ambulance receiving annual grants on behalf of Norfolk masons. Provincial Grand Master, Stephen Allen who presented this year’s grant said: “In a large rural county like Norfolk speedy response by air ambulance and treatment from doctors during sometimes long distance transfer to specialist hospitals is vital for those with serious and life threatening injuries”.

Regional Head of Community Funding, Stuart Wyle said during 2017 there had been over 2,000 helicopter missions of which more than 250 had been night flights, with the the average cost of each mission being £3,500.


Church opens doors for those in need at Christmas

Around 50 people visited St Mary Magdalene Church, in Gorleston, for a Christmas feast and some much needed company. Each person who attended also received a Christmas present of a toiletry gift set and some chocolates – while children received a bundle of toys.

Rev Matthew Price said, “This is my family’s first Christmas here and it was a joy for us to join in with such a great initiative, there was a real warmth, fun-loving atmosphere and a genuine sense of community as we celebrated together, whatever our reason.”




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