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February 2020
Thursday 20

‘MY NORFOLK, MY HOLT' Brigid Pearson (retired local vet) MNMH

11am - 12pm, Holt Library. Free but donations welcome

Friday 21

6.00pm – Opening Reception of Holt's First February Film Festival FEBRUARY FILM FESTIVAL

with drinks and finger food.

Friday 21

'Arts Forum' interview with Jonathan Blagrove by Anwen Hurt February Film Festival

7.15pm - 8.15pm, Holt Community Centre. Free with donations.

Friday 21

The Final Reel February Film Festival

8.30pm – 10.00 pm (1hr 42mins), Holt Community Centre. A feature length documentary about our love affair with cinema. £5 per film or £30 for a weekend ticket for 8 films.

Saturday 22

Lucy Lavers – Return to Dunkirk 75 years on February Film Festival

10.30 am - 12.30 pm Holt Community Centre, with a pre-film discussion, about the project, between Jeremy Brettingham and Simon Garnier (Trustee of Rescue Wooden Boats). After years of neglect, Lucy Lavers was restored in time to take part in the 75th Anniversary Return to Dunkirk; £5 per film or £30 for a weekend ticket for 8 films.

Saturday 22

Drowning by Numbers (18) February Film Festival

2pm - 4pm (1hr 58mins), Holt Community Centre. A film, centred on three married women, each of whom successively drowns her husband. The film was shot in and around Southwold. £5 per film or £30 for a weekend ticket for 8 films.

Saturday 22

In Love with Alma Cogan (12a) February Film Festival

5pm - 7pm (1hr 39mins), introduced by Anwen Hurt, Holt Community Centre. A British romantic comedy, filmed in and around the Pavilion Theatre, Cromer. The film revolves around, Norman, played by Lloyd Pack, a world-weary manager of a pier theatre in a seaside resort. And features a cameo by another Norfolk resident, Sir John Hurt. £5 per film or £30 for a weekend ticket for 8 films.

Saturday 22

'Widows Walk' (15) 2019 February film festival

8.00 pm - 10.00 pm (1hr 37min), Holt Community Centre, with a short introductory film from the director. A ghost story set in rural Suffolk, written and directed by Alexandra Boyd. The film depicts an emotional and supernatural journey through connected lives, death and war. £5 per film or £30 for a weekend ticket for 8 films.

Sunday 23

Akenfield (12) and Akenfield Revisited February film festival

11.00 am - 1.15 pm, Holt Community Centre. Akenfield 1hr 38 mins and Akenfield Revisited 39mins. A film made by Peter Hall, based loosely on the book Akenfield: Portrait of and English Village by Ronald Blythe (1969)

Sunday 23

All the King's Men (15) February film festival

2.30 pm - 4.30 pm, Holt Community Centre. 1 hr 49 mins. £5 per film or £30 for a weekend ticket for 8 films. A feature length WW1 drama staring David Jason, based on the story of 'the Sandringham Company' who suffered heavy losses at Gallipoli and a myth that the unit had simply disappeared.

Sunday 23

The Go Between (PG) February Film Festival

5.30 pm - 7.30 pm, holt Community Centre. 1hr 58 mins. A British romantic film with a screenplay by Harold Pinter. The film was shot at Melton Constable Hall, Heydon and Norwich, and will be preceded by the memories of people who took part as extras. £5 per film or £30 for a weekend ticket for 8 films.

Saturday 29

'A Change of Season'

9am - 5pm inclusive. Art Exhibition. Saturday 29th Feb - Tuesday 7th April (excluding Sundays) The Gallery, Lees Yard, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6HS. Free Admission

March 2020
Thursday 05

Nostalgia is a Thing of the Past. Talk by John Jarvis about Holt Holt Society

6.30 pm, The Community Centre, Holt. The Holt Society talk. FREE Event.

Thursday 19

'MY NORFOLK MY HOLT' with David Harris (North Norfolk Railway) MNMH

11.00 am - 12.00 noon, Holt Library. Free but donations welcome

Friday 20

Arts Forum - Storytelling Arts Forum

Arrive 6.30 for a 7.00 pm start, finish around 9.00 pm. Holt Community Centre. A series of monthly focused discussions/interviews with a person involved in some significant way in the arts. There will be time available, at the end of the interview to ask questions, have a drink, mingle, make new contacts, and share thoughts and ideas. Storytelling – A discussion about Storytelling as part of an important oral tradition and the inspirations and life of a storyteller – with Jonathan Lambert and Jim Kavanagh. Bar open. Free but donations welcome.

April 2020
Thursday 16

'MY NORFOLK MY HOLT' with Julie Alford -part 2 -Holt Youth Project. MNMH

11.00 am - 12.00 noon, Holt Library. Free but donations welcome.

Friday 24

‘Arts Forum’ - Song-Writing Arts Forum

Arrive 6.30 for a 7.00 pm start, finish around 9.30 pm. Holt Community Centre. A series of monthly focused discussions/interviews with a person involved in some significant way in the arts. There will be time available, at the end of the interview to ask questions, have a drink, mingle, make new contacts, and share thoughts and ideas. Chris Moorhouse (singer song-writer and leader of The Lighters) discussing song-writing, illustrated by songs 7.00 – 8.30pm, followed by a short concert show-casing his work from 8.30 – 9.30pm. Bar open. Free but donations welcome.

May 2020
Friday 08

StART CONCERTS 2020 - Alissa Firsova (solo piano)

2 pm, Holt Primary School

Saturday 09

StART CONCERTS 2020 Alissa Firsova (solo piano)

6.30 pm, St Andrews Church, Holt

Wednesday 13

Vintage Film - Title TBA - Event for H&DDSG

2pm - 5pm, Holt community Centre. Attendance free. Donations welcome.

Friday 15

Arts Forum - the importance of art, painting and art education ‘Arts Forum’

Arrive 6.30 for a 7.00pm start, finish around 9.00pm. Holt Community Centre A series of monthly focused discussions/interviews with a person involved in some significant way in the arts. There will be time available, at the end of the interview to ask questions, have a drink, mingle, make new contacts, and share thoughts and ideas. A discussion about the importance of art, painting and art education with Sara Freakley (painter and teacher) and John Midgley (Painter and teacher) Bar open. Entry free but donations welcome.

Thursday 21

'MY NORFOLK MY HOLT' - Sarah Tribe. Love Holt,Town Councillor, Plant-Up-TheTown and Byfords. MNMH

11.00 am - 12.00 noon, Holt Library. free but donations welcome.

June 2020
Thursday 18

'MY NORFOLK MY HOLT' with Michael Hill 'Life beyond 18' (part 2) MNMH

11.00am - 12.00 noon, Holt Library. Free but donations welcolme. Michael is a local businessman and past local Councillor.

Friday 19

Arts Forum - The role of art galleries Arts Forum

Arrive from 6.30 for a 7.00 pm start, finish around 9.00pm. Holt Community Centre. A series of monthly focused discussions/interviews with a person involved in some significant way in the arts. There will be time available, at the end of the interview to ask questions, have a drink, mingle, make new contacts, and share thoughts and ideas. A discussion about the role of art galleries in the support, production and sale of art – with Tess Ainley (Tess Ainley Gallery), Colin Rawlings (Red Dot Gallery), Adrian Hill (The Adrian Hill Gallery) and the Bircham Gallery (tbc)

July 2020
Friday 24

Arts Forum - subject to be confirmed Arts Forum

Arrive 6.30 for a 7.00pm start, finish around 9.00pm. Holt Community Centre. A series of monthly focused discussions/interviews with a person involved in some significant way in the arts. There will be time available, at the end of the interview to ask questions, have a drink, mingle, make new contacts, and share thoughts and ideas. tbc Bar open. Entry free but donations welcome.

Thursday 30

MY NORFOLK MY HOLT' with Charles Pugh (former artistic drector of the Holt Festival) MNMH

11.00 am - 12.00 noon, Holt Library. Free but donations welcome.

October 2020
Saturday 10

The second 'Holt Town Fair'

10.00 am - 4.00 pm. Holt Community Centre. An even more comprehensive opportunity to find out about the whole range of organisations, clubs and societies that are active in Holt and the surrounding area. A one-stop shop for finding out about, joining or volunteering. Free to enter. Tea, cake, bacon sandwiches and other refreshments available. Donations welcome.

Wednesday 14

Vintage film - H&DDS - film tba

2.00 pm - 5.00pm, Holt Community Centre. Free attendance. Voluntary donations welcome.

Thursday 15

Holt's Local Festival of Music (tbc) 15th - 18th October Local Festival of Music

Events to take place at Holt Library, St Andrews Parish Hall, Holt Primary School, Holt Community Centre and St Andrew's Church. All event details to be advised.

Thursday 15

Local Festival of Music/MNMH interview with Mark Jones Festival of Music and MHMH

Lunchtime, Holt Library. Interview with Mark Jones. Part of the October Holt music festival. Free Admission, donations welcome. (more information and contacts to follow)

Friday 16

StART CONCERT - The Lighters Local Festival of Music

Afternoon, Holt Primary School. StART Concert - 'The Lighters' Free admission, donations welcome. Part of the Holt October music festival. (more information and contacts to follow)

Friday 16

Concert - 'Soul Traders' plus others Local Festival of Music

Evening, venue tbc. Concert featuring 'Soul Traders' plus others. Free admission, donations welcome. Part of the Holt October Music Festival (more information and contacts to follow)

Saturday 17

Afternoon open rehearsal and evening concert at St Andrews. Local Festival of Music

Afternoon - St Andrews Church, Holt. Concert. 1st half - Meg Starling and friends. 2nd half - 'Come and sing' 'Faure's Requiem' part of the Holt October festival of music. (more information and contacts to follow)

Sunday 18

Concert - 'The Samphires' and friends,plus 'The Lighters' Local Festival of Music

Afternoon, St Andrews Church. Holt. Concert featuring 'The Samphires' and friends, plus 'The Lighters'. Admission free, donations welcome. Part of the Holt October music festival (more information and contacts to follow)

November 2020
Friday 06

StART CONCERTS 2020 - Veronika Shoot (piano)

2.00pm Holt Primary School.

Saturday 07

StART CONCERTS 2020 - Veronika Shoot (piano)

6.30pm, St Andrews Church, Holt

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