This year our Christmas Fair will be hosted virtually by the Norfolk Christmas Fair Committee. Updates will be bought out regularly with details of the stalls websites. This year has seen a massive reduction in fundraising income so it would be much appreciated if you could support this event. Please check back weekly for further updates.
Following the Opening of Gregories Barn our new Activities Room by Lady Philippa Dannatt and the celebration of our 30th Anniversary on Sunday 2nd June, Kate Prout reported on behalf of ITV News
To watch the report please follow the below link:
Congratulations to our Patron, Lady Philippa Dannatt
The Queen has appointed Lady Dannatt as the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk on the retirement of Sir Richard Jewson in early August.
As a former High Sheriff of Norfolk in 2014, the former professional counsellor highlighted the importance of mental health awareness during her year of office. Lady Dannatt was looking forward to using her new role as an opportunity to promote more understanding about mental health issues and fitness.
She will become the first woman in Norfolk to become the Queen’s official representative in the county since the post of Lord Lieutenant was created during the reign of Henry VIII in the 1540s.
She succeeds Sir Richard Jewson, when he retires from the post on his 75th birthday on August 5. The appointment is made by The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister and the announcement was made by Downing Street earlier this week.
A lay canon of Norwich Cathedral, Lady Dannatt is also vice president of the Soldiers' Sailors' and Airmens' Families Association (SSAFA).
Norfolk-born and now living at Keswick, near Norwich, she recalled that she had moved 24 times in 34 years when her husband, Richard, now General the Lord Dannatt, was serving in the army.
She accepted the invitation to become a patron of Thornage Hall Independent Living and on Sunday, June 2 will be visiting the hall.
The Aylsham Show has given us £500 at the latest annual meeting.
"We're really grateful that the show had such a great day on August Bank Holiday and that we've been able to share in the good fortune."
The Aylsham Agricultural Show Association selected 36 charities and good causes to benefit from its 70th anniversary show. Thank you. A cheque was presented to one of our trustees, Michael Pollitt, who gave a brief summary of the bold plans for the future of Thornage Hall.
Stalham Farmers Club have presented Thornage Hall with £2,000 at the club's 175th anniversary meeting last month from the proceeds of their summer drinks party.
Thornage Hall is extremely grateful to the members of Stalham Farmers Club for the generous donation will help us to carry out the next phase of our long-term expansion programme.
Many thanks for supporting Thornage Hall in the AVIVA community fund. As you may be aware they recently announced the successful projects. Unfortunately although we managed to reach the final we were not successful as one of the winners. We will receive a £500 donation towards the project from AVIVA. The list of winners are published on the AVIVA website here https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/winners#h_ah7-4. There were 3 in our category all of which were worthy winners.
Thank you for your support from everyone at Thornage Hall
Following our recent Demeter inspection in the summer we are pleased to share our Demeter report with you. It is an excellent report commending the work of Phil and Lucy and the land team with strong biodynamic practice and high levels of biodiversity managed across a range of habitats on the land.
Thornage Hall would like to thank everybody that came to support our Annual Garden Fete, who volunteered, entertained and made the day a success.
It was a fantastic day with music, stalls, refreshments, BBQ and a cookery demonstration.
We increased our takings from last year and took almost £9,500 on the day.
Thank you once again for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you again next year!
Kate Cleaver finds out more about this Camphill community, supporting adults with learning disabilities in the heart of North Norfolk
Thornage Hall: How adults with learning difficulties are being helped to reach their potential
We were very pleased recently to be nominated and included in the Archant Green100 businesses. This was following a visit by one of the judges - the Deputy CEO of the UEA Adapt Low Carbon Group. He was so impressed by the innovative work we were doing as part of a social care business that he nominated us. The Green100 recognises 100 businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk who are actively leading the way in sustainable and environmental business practice.
Sarah Juggins has written a wonderful article all about Thornage Hall - what we do - our aims and goals and how we live and work. To read the full story, please click on the link.
Our Farm Manager, Philip Culley, was interviewed by Cotswold Seeds about the farm and planting of seeds. Click on the link to see the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJy4_vL008Q