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Free writing workshops give youngsters the chance to get involved with milestone anniversary

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Free Tudor writing workshops for young people will help to celebrate 500 years since an important charter was awarded to Lynn.King Henry VIII awarded a charter 500 years ago this year which gave Lynn the right to appoint a mayor, council and aldermen, as well as other administrative posts. This transformed how the town was run.To mark the anniversary, West Norfolk Council is planning a range of activities, including Tudor writing workshops for children aged 8-16 over the May half term.

An example of an illuminated letter of the type that will form part of the workshop activity. This particular letter ‘h’ forms part of, and is specific to, the 1524 charter. It shows Henry himself, sat in full robes and holding crown, orb and sceptre. Picture: West Norfolk Council

Cllr Simon Ring, the council’s cabinet member for tourism, events and marketing, said: “Our history is part of who we are.“These workshops will offer young people the chance to connect with their heritage while having fun using traditional materials and learning a new skill as they reproduce Tudor writing. “I’m also excited to reveal that their work will be incorporated into a special piece of art that will be presented to the council and placed into the borough archives for future generations to enjoy.“Our corporate strategy makes a commitment to providing access to leisure, cultural and outreach experiences and this kind of activity helps us fulfil that commitment.”In the workshops, youngsters will have the opportunity to see the original Henry VIII charter and learn about its importance.They will have the chance to use traditional quills and inks and learn to produce an illuminated letter of the type used in the charter, as well as writing up their own ideas for a charter in 2024. Each session will last approximately an hour and a half and will be held at Stories of Lynn on:- Wednesday, May 29 at 10.30am and 1.30pm – Thursday, May 30 at 10.30am and 1.30pm- Saturday, June 1 at 10.30am and 1.30pm There are 12 free places in each workshop and they must be booked in advance.The free sessions include entry to Stories of Lynn afterwards, as well as entry for one adult per child/young person. Additional adult places are available and payment will be taken for these at the time of booking. Places must be booked in advance through the Stories of Lynn website at www.storiesoflynn.co.uk/whats-on As part of the workshops, a piece of art will be produced incorporating the work of the young people.It will be presented to the borough at a special meeting of the full council on June 27, an event that also forms part of the charter celebrations, and then placed in the borough archives.At the special meeting five new aldermen will be appointed – an important link with the charter as it was the granting of the charter that gave the town the right to appoint aldermen in the first place.

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