We are 250! We know, we don’t look a day over 21
You will have to forgive us this month, but we’re being a little self-congratulatory; it’s not every magazine that makes it to 250 issues.
Norfolk magazine has always been about celebrating the very best of what this beautiful county has to offer and it was with this intention that the magazine was started more than 20 years ago. Since that time we’ve seen some seismic changes; some good, some less so.
Norfolk has grown, perhaps not as fast as some parts of the UK, but we’re getting busier. The landscape is changing, with more houses, more businesses, more traffic, more people.
It is impossible to buy a home in the more desirable parts of the coast if your pockets are not very deep indeed. Some towns are finding it tough to thrive as the world changes.
Norfolk is not unique in this regard of course and other places in this sceptred isle have weathered the storms less well. But Norfolk people are nothing if not resilient.
And the county has become more sophisticated – take food and drink for example. The explosion in quality and availability of so much fine produce, restaurants, pubs and cafés has been amazing. (Coincidentally our EAT Norfolk Food and Drink Awards celebrates its own 20th anniversary this year.) The creative arts are still booming – we attract artists, craftspeople and performers who revel in what the county has to offer.
But for all that has changed this it still very much Norfolk; the sense of place is still strong and we are still rightly and justifiably proud of our home.
When I took over as the editor of this magazine three years ago I was struck by how kind people are about it. Our readers really do love what we do and that is a terrific motivator for the small team that puts it together each month.
We think we have the best job in publishing. We work hard to justify your kindness and the fact that you pay good money for these pages and on the occasions we do get it wrong it is a stab in the heart for us.
Thank you so much for your support over the past 250 issues – readers, advertisers, sponsors – hopefully you’ll be with us when we celebrate our 500th!
Dominic Castle, editor
Recently the main store opened seafood bar The Bay, revamped its furniture and homeware floor and launched its own brand range of food and drink in collaboration with local and independent producers.
To celebrate this milestone, this year will see the store thanking its customers with celebratory offers and party themed events.
Michelle Jarrold, development director said: “As a seventh-generation member of the Jarrold family working in the business it is a real privilege to be able to help celebrate our special milestone anniversary this year with our colleagues, customers, and business partners. We will all continue to reflect on our heritage with pride in this special year and enjoy looking forward to an exciting future.”
Charity has always been at the heart of Jarrold and over the past 50 years the John Jarrold Trust has donated more than £4 million to a range of causes. Jarrold will soon announce the charity initiative for this anniversary year.
Bakers & Larners is marking 250 years of trading in Holt with events from An Evening with Emma Bridgewater to special dining experiences. The department store has partnered with East Anglian Children’s Hospices (EACH) as its charity of the year. Staff aim to raise £25,000 with a host of fundraising activities. A commemorative range of gifts, from teddy bears to a limited-edition gin, is available to purchase instore; a percentage of all sales will be donated to EACH.
Jane Gurney Read, acting managing director for the CT Baker Group, said: “Our 250th anniversary celebrations will be an opportunity for us to say thank you to our customers, for their enduring support and loyalty, and to involve the local community that we feel a very strong part of.
“It has been a remarkable journey and, nine monarchs and four centuries later, our exceptional department store stands as one of the oldest retailers in East Anglia and one of the few in the country to remain under the ownership and control of the founding family.”
ABOVE: Where it all began; the first issue of EDP Norfolk magazine
Celebrations at Jarrold