Urban hub bringing people together for Norfolk Day with community meal

Norfolk Day Meal at The Silver Road Community Centre. Left to right, Melanie Kemp, Barbara Laws, Jul

Norfolk Day Meal at The Silver Road Community Centre. Left to right, Melanie Kemp, Barbara Laws, Julie Brociek-Coulton and Liz Layton. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A popular community centre in the heart of an urban area is holding a celebratory Norfolk Day dinner.

Norfolk Day Logo

Norfolk Day Logo - Credit: Archant

The Silver Road Community Centre on Silver Road, Norwich, is putting on the evening meal for anyone on Friday, July 27 from 6-8pm.

Julie Brociek-Coulton, city and county councillor for Norwich's Sewell ward and volunteer manager of the centre, said: 'The residents that come here wanted to have a day where people could get together and Norfolk Day was coming up. It will bring people together. The centre is a community hub.

'I think a lot of traditions in Norfolk have gone. We want to say that we are from Norfolk and we are having a celebration about it.'

The meal will be cooked by volunteers, who help run the centre.

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It will be a traditional turkey dinner, including vegetables grown on nearby allotments.

Beer from Woodforde's Brewery, one of the two main sponsors of Norfolk Day, will be served alongside the food.

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Richardson's Hemsby Beach Holiday Park is the other main sponsor and Norfolk Wildlife Trust is Norfolk Day's charity partner.

The meal will finish off with rhubarb crumble and custard.

As well as the food, two storytellers will tell Norfolk tales.

Mrs Brociek-Coulton added that previous community meals at the Silver Road Community Centre had been a success.

Earlier events have featured an international flavour with Bollywood dancing.

The running of the Silver Road Community Centre, formerly the Silver Rooms, was taken over by volunteers four years ago.

The community-minded committee took over the 25-year lease for the Norfolk County Council-owned building with a £1 yearly rent.

Silver Road Community Centre was the first building in Norfolk to receive an asset of community value, according to Mrs Brociek-Coulton.

A variety of groups for all ages use the building, which needs £150,000 worth of repairs.

Tickets for the Norfolk Day meal cost £3 per person.

To buy tickets call Mrs Brociek-Coulton on 07786 694325.

?To send in details of your Norfolk Day event email norfolkday@archant.co.uk, tweet @norfolk or message the Norfolk Day Facebook page.

Norfolk Day shop

An online shop has been launched selling Norfolk Day marketing material which event organisers can display on the day.

The shop is selling a four-pack of flags, four-pack of A3 posters and 20 balloons at £4, while 5m of bunting is £7.50.

Celebration packs containing all of the above are available for £15.

Norfolk Day takes place on Friday, July 27 and is intended as a day of fun in which individuals, community groups and businesses are encouraged to get involved by hosting or participating in events.

The initiative was launched by the EDP and Norwich Evening News in partnership with BBC Radio Norfolk and has the backing of business and community organisations who are planning events for the day.

Details of events will be revealed in the newspaper, online and via social media.

To order Norfolk Day materials, visit www.norfolkday.co.uk

Estimated delivery time is 28 days.

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