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Ludham Festival

Ludham Festival

Music and the Arts centred round the medieval church of St Catherine in the beautiful Broadland village of Ludham.

Dates Fri 17th March to Sat 25th November 2017
Location St Catherine's church,Norwich Road,Ludham
Email thewalls@broadland.net

Another exciting, but different, season full of local culture and heritage including the annual Arts and Crafts event which each year draws over 1,000 visitors enjoying the stalls,exhibits and demonstrations. There will be a week-long exhibition during Open Churches Week as well as live bands and concerts. But the main difference this year will be that there will be,for much of the year, major repairs being carried out to the church.


VOICES CHOIR Friday, 17 March at 7.30 pm A performance in St Catherine’s church by Norwich City College Musical Theatre students “Voices” Choir, paying their 5th visit to St Catherine’s; their ability and enthusiasm is always popular. They will be performing songs and music from West End musicals and shows.
Tickets, £5 may be obtained on the door. For more information, contact Alex Cordiner 01692 678682.


ROCK BAND CONCERT Saturday 8th April 2017 7.30 pm
Local rock band “Detour” will be performing in St Catherine’s church, Norwich Road, Ludham. This will be a full concert of good, live music. Not to be missed! Band members are all local students at Stalham High School, Seb Dean, Jake Mason and Theo Williams-Burchell and guest, Molly Ferguson
Tickets:£5 adults, £2.50 under 18's.Available now, from Ludham Butchers, any band member or from John Savage, (01692 678654), Alex Cordiner, (01692 678682) or Ken Grapes, (01692 678437), or on the door.

ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFTS EVENT Saturday 29 April Sunday 30 April 10am-5pm
Admission Free
This is the 12th event, having been running every year since 2006, and each year attracts well over 1,000 visitors, some visitors returning every year. Many crafts stalls, both new and returning, displaying and selling a great diversity of their work in the beautiful medieval church of St Catherine’s. Well stocked preserves stall and many interesting plants for sale, spring hamper, raffles,tombola, and refreshments available throughout, not forgetting the ever popular sheep-shearing. An event not to be missed. Souvenir catalogue.

will see much needed and necessary major repair work taking place to St Catherine’s church. Firstly, the chancel is to be repaired, from February to May,2017. There will be repair to much of the stonework especially that on the great East window, which has decayed in recent years. The entire slate roof will be stripped and re-slated and as there is a risk that this may cause some of the interior plaster ceiling to fall, the chancel will be closed for the duration of the work. The majority of the cost for this work,will be borne by the Church Commissioners as the chancel is their responsibility, St Catherine’s being an abbey church. When this work is completed there will then be major repairs to the rest of the church. The clerestory windows, which have been in urgent need of repair for more than 10 years, will be repaired as specified by the church architect and while there is scaffolding in place there will be redecoration of the interior of the Church for the first time in many, many decades. It is expected that this work will start in May and continue until August. During this time church services will take place in the newly repaired chancel. This work will cost £64,722, with £38,703 raised so far. The plan is to remove all existing heaters and replace them at the time of redecoration.
For more information or to make a donation ring 01692 678437 or 01692 678060.

LUDHAM OPEN GARDENS Sunday 25 June 11.00am-5.00pm
View 12 lovely gardens on either side of Womack Water many with gardens running down to the river.Free ferry, gardening and composting advice, other attractions- wherries, heritage sailing boats, arts & crafts, classic cars, live music,several refreshment points, free car parking and map.
Tickets £6.50
Regret no dogs

OPEN CHURCHES WEEK Saturday 6 August-Sunday 14 August 10am-5pm
Admission Free
During Open Churches week each year the lovely medieval church of St Catherine puts on an exhibition. This years exhibition will be a retrospective, looking back at previous exhibitions.Well worth visiting.
NOTE: If the church repairs overrun the exhibition will not take place.

ESTHER HOPKINSON,VIOLIN Saturday 26 August 7.30pm Enjoy a soiree with this young award winning violinist who always delights audiences with her beautiful playing when she returns to St Catherine’s.
Tickets £10.

HARVEST SUPPER & BARN DANCE Saturday 17 September 6.30pm
Enjoy a two course supper followed by dancing to the ceilidh band Shenanikins.
Tickets £10 in advance.

This annual event will be larger than ever this year with over 40 stalls selling a huge variety of arts and crafts, with new and returning stall holders.A place to buy unusual and inexpensive Christmas gifts. Refreshments available all day as well as a tombola, raffle, Christmas hamper, a well stocked preserve stall, plants and much more.