Launch Event - 25 June, 2016

A report of the launch event appeared in the EDP (opens in a new tab) and the Dereham Times.

Breckland Council kindly offered the use of their conference suite for the official launch of Dereham Walkers are Welcome. Guests from all tiers of local government and walking groups were invited.
Our Secretary, Ken Hawkins, opened the event with thanks for support from Dereham Town Council, Breckland District Council and Norfolk County Council; also The Ramblers. He also thanked the 950+ people who signed to support us in our application.

Cutting the cake There were a few words of support from Phillip Duigan, Dereham Town Mayor; William Richmond, Norfolk County Councillor; Kate Millbank, vice chairman of Breckland District Council; and Richard May, Norfolk ramblers.

The formal part finished with Ken reading messages from those not able to attend.

A special 'Dereham Walkers are Welcome' cake was cut by the Dereham Town Mayor:

Then it was on with our boots and Ken led a short walk.

Leaving the industrial area near Breckland Council offices:
Walk behind Breckland Council

To sample a typical Norfolk skyline vista:
Norfolk sky vista

We joined an ancient lane where the recent very heavy rain (which flooded parts of the Town) left the ground quite muddy:
Muddy lane

Walking past Borrow Hall, a splendid house currently being restored. This is often said to be the birthplace of George Borrow who was indeed born in Dereham, but probably not at Borrow Hall:
Passing George Borrow's house

Jolly Farmers (ex-pub) We then turned right at the Jolly Farmers (old Pub, now a private dwelling) to return to 'Elizabeth House', Breckland Council's offices:

For walks in and around Dereham, please see our "walks" page.

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