About Us

The Norfolk Way was founded in 2007 by George Freeman. He saw the need for an independent organisation to act as a catalyst for positive, sustainable and entrepreneurial change in rural Norfolk.

Set up as an unincorporated community organisation, managed by a Board of members, the running costs were covered by ticket sales for the events, and sponsorship. The Bursary Programme was funded with donations and other voluntary funding.  In the summer of 2014, the funds were transferred from the Norfolk Community Foundation to the Bridge Trust, managed by NWES and a new Exemplar Scheme was set up to provide opportunities and work placements for 16-18 year olds across Mid-Norfolk.


The Norfolk Way is run by Hilary Gauthier, in George’s Wymondham office.

“The Norfolk Way made me realise the potential of a community.”

Carmella, A Level student

“The Bursary Launch was a first class evening with an inspirational speaker establishing a clear way forward. 10/10.”

Head, Old Buckenham High

“The Enterprise Bursary provides an experience that money can’t buy.”

John, Social Worker

“Engaging with speakers such as Digby (Lord) Jones helped inspire my own charity work in East Anglia.”

Lucy, Local charity worker

Norfolk Way Work Club 2007 

Norfolk Way Bonfire party 2009

Norfolk Way founder, George Freeman discusses  Broadband and other issues in Westminster 2011 

George Freeman discusses Norfolk Way Bursary scheme 2012

Support for the Norfolk Way in Parliament 2013