The second annual Norfolk Way Family Bonfire was held at Hunters’ Hall in Swanton Morley. Last year’s event raised over £500 for Help for Heroes and saw the launch of The Norfolk Way Enterprise Bursary, a scheme that will provide financial support to young people living in rural areas of Norfolk to encourage rural entrepreneurship and bring new opportunities to Mid Norfolk school leavers.
The opportunity theme of the evening was given a special boost by the presence of 10 6th formers from Dereham who had been invited to attend the event to make a short film for their film club project on ‘what it means to live in Norfolk’.
All of the produce (local pork hog roast, Wolf Brewery Battle of Britain ale, Breckland juices) were from local sources, and the proceeds from the event were being split between The Norfolk Way Enterprise Bursary and Help for Heroes, appropriately enough with the Swanton Morley based Light Dragoons barracked a mile away.
The event was hosted by Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman, who founded The Norfolk Way project in 2007. Speaking afterwards, George said “This was a wonderful celebration of the spirit of rural Norfolk.”