December 5 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 2, 2013
Well-known broadcaster, author and photographer Lucinda Lambton opened a traditional English garden fete in north Norfolk at the weekend.
Hundreds turned out to the event at Thornage Hall, near Holt, which featured entertainment from Trix ‘n’ Stix drumming troupe and local singer Jack Austin, as well as stalls selling arts and crafts and the hall’s own bio dynamic garden produce.
Fete-goers also had a chance to meet the Thornage Hall alpacas, and tour the grounds of the hall, which provides supported living for adults with learning difficulties.
Residents and day service users work in the centre’s, bakery, weavery and gardens, producing goods used in the hall’s kitchens and sold at local shops.
Day service user Kim Morrison, of Cringleford, was manning the fete’s craft stall, selling artwork and beeswax candles made by residents.
“I absolutely love Thornage Hall,” Miss Morrison, 28, said. “It is great to keep busy and I am here with people who have the same disability as me, they are all my friends.”
Thornage Hall operations manager Ali Hall, who helped organise Sunday’s fete, said the event gave residents a chance to see the results of the hard work they had put in through the year.
“It is also a chance for us to promote what we do here and it gives local people an opportunity to come and have a look round and meet staff and residents,” she added.