Pop-up fayre will boost Yarmouth and Gorleston heritage assets

The Friends of Priory Gardens in Gorleston have received planning consent for the development of a c

The Friends of Priory Gardens in Gorleston have received planning consent for the development of a community heritage centre with tearoom at 51 Church Road.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

While historic buildings are opening their doors to visitors this weekend, in Gorleston a park is inviting to people to have a look around and learn more.

Priory Gardens is working towards transforming a derelict building into a community heritage tearoom, thanks to a determined Friends group whose ambition is to develop a space for community use that promotes local heritage.

Under the plans it will also offer a trade and train opportunity for young people with disabilities.

The group has obtained planning approval and support from Great Yarmouth Borough Council in moving forward towards capital funding.

Now as part of the Heritage Open Day initiative and thanks to the support of St Andrews ward councillors and staff of the Gorleston branch of Lloyds Bank the Friends of Priory Gardens will again host a Gorleston Past Times Fayre at the high street park.

On Sunday the Friends will be providing a one day 'pop-up' heritage exhibition in Priory Gardens, where local heritage enthusiasts will join them to display and share their interests with the community.

Exhibitors include Gorleston on Sea Heritage Group, Shrublands Archive Group, Belton and District Historical Society, Historic England's Great

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Yarmouth & Gorleston Schools Local Heritage Projects, St Margaret's Church Preservation Project, the Michael & Mary Pilgrims Way (a walking route to and from Hopton to St Michaels Mount, Cornwall) and the Great Yarmouth & Rambouillet Twinning Association - who are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year.

Refreshments, community stalls, family orientated activity and toilets will also be provided.

The event will run from 10am-4pm, entry is free but there will be a charge for activities such as donkey rides and archery.

Anyone attending is invited to bring a picnic, enjoy the activities, and take the opportunity to see the proposed plans for a heritage hub.

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