Gorleston Gal’s Community News January 2019 

1st January 2019
Gorleston Gal, Melanie Ruse reports,
as published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine

January is a time when many people look at making a resolution, often around physical activity or volunteering. There are so many organisations desperate for help. I have been promoting some of the seasonal ones like the Open Christmas, Christmas Stocking Campaign, and Foodbank collections. Our charitable side is prompted at Christmas, but foodbanks need donations all year. If you are interested in finding something, try the volunteering site. Just put in your details and area to find what is available. If you aren’t a computer user or you would like some help, try the library that has lots of ideas and contacts for you

GORLESTON GAL 01-2019AChristmas Lights Switch On


I love the atmosphere when it’s cold and you are eating hot cinnamon doughnuts, full of anticipation for the fireworks ahead. The Lights Switch on did not disappoint! It was a fantastic display, launched from the roof of the Palace Cinema
The High Street was full and it’s great to see people of all ages out and about. Importantly, it showcases all the businesses and it’s the Traders’ Association that organises the festivities
There were traditional photo opportunities with Santa, but also in a giant inflatable Snow Globe! This is a lovely photo of the grandchildren of Kevin Huggins from Fusion who is one of the organisers

GORLESTON GAL 01-2019CI went to the Panto! – Oh yes I did!

I attended the opening night along with the Mayor of Yarmouth, and guests from the EDP and Radio Norfolk. It was classic Panto fun at the Pavilion theatre with this year’s production of Sleeping Beauty, which ran until the 30th of December. Helen McDermott, formerly of Anglia News, returned to the theatre as Old Queen Cole. The vocal performances are particularly strong as some of the cast are from the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. The costumes and scenery are of a very high standard and it’s always lovely seeing local children performing. I like to see all the old favourites, with plenty of ‘It’s behind you’ and silly songs. It won’t be long before the Summer Show is underway!

GORLESTON GAL 01-2019DCliff Hotel Donation to Beach Clean


What a lovely surprise to find that the Cliff Hotel had organised a raffle and the Gorleston Community Beach Clean received a cheque for £50! When we went to collect it, Peter Kirkpatrick and I were treated to a gorgeous afternoon tea by Manager Daryn Ferguson. We are currently trying for a grant from the Aviva Community Fund to see if we can get £5,000 to buy litter picking equipment for local schools and youth groups. The next event is after the Easter school holidays