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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

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