Ambitious plans to regenerate Wymondham Abbey
and make it a community asset and tourism destination have been put on display.
The Abbey, which welcomes 20,000 people through its doors each year, is undertaking The Abbey Experience
, a project to make the building more available to the community. In December 2011 it was granted £168,000 to assist the development of plans by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The bid for the second round of funding, which could see the Abbey being given a £1.6m grant, aims to work with schools, colleges and businesses to welcome more people to the abbey while developing tourism links and improve signage around the town. The developments could see the west doors opened for the first time since the 1950s, archived material being available to the public for the first time and hidden tablets unveiled. Plans have also been drawn up to build new facilities such as rooms for learning and exhibitions, a kitchen and toilets.
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Work to turn Emmanuel Church, in Bungay
, into a showcase of environmentally-friendly technology is set to start next year. The church has managed to raise more than £100,000 through grants and loans enabling it to transform the hall, using the last green technologies.
The church is already known for installing 220 solar panels on its roof in 2010, and is hoping the latest stage of their ambitious Going Green project will help teach others about the benefits.
The hall, which is used by a number of community groups, will have its wooden floor replaced with insulated concrete, including under-floor heating powered by a ground source heat pump that will draw solar heat from under the car park. They are also using recycled and recyclable rubber flooring where possible, two solar thermal panels to provide a sustainable hot water supply, eco taps, insulating the walls and ceilings, and fitting secondary and triple glazing around the hall.
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A new movie trailer gives viewers a glimpse of the role of Norwich Cathedral in the star-studded film Jack the Giant Slayer which was shot there last year.
The film, which is due for release on March 22, features Ewan McGregor, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ian McShane and Bill Nighy. It was partly shot at Norwich Cathedral last year.
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