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A Leeway Volunteer Writes about Norfolk Day

06 AugNorfolk Day Cakes

Norfolk is not just home to beautiful countryside, internationally important nature reserves, picturesque market towns and site of a fantastic city of heritage, culture and countless outdoor activities. Norfolk is a lot more than that. What truly makes it beautiful is the community and people living here and supporting the county.

To celebrate this: a special “Norfolk Day” was launched by the EDP and BBC Radio Norfolk, and even received the backing of Prince William. The Duke of Cambridge told the EDP

“My family’s connections with the county of Norfolk go back more than 150 years when Queen Victoria bought Sandringham House. My mother was born at Park House in the grounds of Sandringham, and many other family moments have taken place here. I sincerely hope that Norfolk Day becomes an entrenched tradition in the life of this county for years to come.”

Norfolk Day, which was held on 27th July, provided a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get together to celebrate the county and all the good things about Norfolk with the local community. 

As part of the celebrations, Leeway staff and volunteers held a cake bake, celebrating the work that we do in Norfolk. There were many other activities across the county, with the EDP saying that over 250 events had been put together to mark the day. Highlights included:

  • Free entry to Strangers’ Hall and The Museum of Norwich 
  • A special trail at Ancient House Museum
  • Family friendly activities at Lynn Museum, and Great Yarmouth museums
  • The Norfolk Poppy project - poppy making for children. Part of the Norfolk in World War One Project
  • Thetford Methodist Church held a Norfolk-inspired flower festival
  • Celebratory tea parties in several Norfolk’s towns
  • Our Patron, Chrissie Jackson, hosted her BBC Radio Norfolk show live from Swaffham’s market square 
  • The Waterfront in Norwich held an Alan Partridge themed party

The day proved to be successful and it has already been confirmed that Norfolk Day will return again next year! 

Leeway’s Work in Norfolk

We have been based in Norfolk since 1974, gradually expanding to the point where we now have seven safe houses across the county. We are Norfolk’s largest provider of specialist domestic abuse support and, over the past year, we have helped 9,000 adults, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Through our range of services, we empower those who are experiencing domestic abuse and give them the confidence needed to make independent choices about their life.

If you would like to volunteer for Leeway, please get in touch by emailing volunteer@leewaynwa.org.uk

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