NEWS & EVENTS
The Bircham Centre celebrates its centenery in a big way
DUE TO THE COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS, THE AGM HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
This year, The Bircham Centre's AGM is on 6th April where we will welcome all members of the public. At the short meeting you can come and support your Bircham Centre at the AGM.
The meeting usually consists of:
Celebrating business completed in the previous year
Reports from the outgoing Chair, the Shop and the Archive
Welcoming in a new Chair and Trustees
Things to come for the Bircham Centre in the following year
For 2020, we will also be reviewing our Centenery year and the excellent events that The Bircham Centre enjoyed with the people of Reepham.
If you would like to become involved with The Bircham Centre, come to the AGM and have your say, and even join the committee yourself!
Links & Things
Below you can link through to various items of interest, connected to The Bircham Centre.
See below for some of our AGM minutes.
The Bircham Centre has been the hub of community life in Reepham since Samuel Bircham gave it to the town 100 years ago. The building now hosts a wide variety of social activities and voluntary services.
During 2019 the centre celebrated its centenary year by holding a number of events, all of which were made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Community Fund.
The year started in June with a Book Day to celebrate the original purpose of the centre, given by Samuel Bircham to the resident of Reepham as a reading room. The day included a book fayre, book valuer, archive exhibition and story telling for children.
Later that month, the library held The Great Get Together. A community event along with activities for children.
On 27 July the Reepham Women’s Institute celebrated Norfolk Day and the Reepham Bowls Club held a fun day.
On Saturday 3 August 2019, was the main event The Centenary Garden Party. The weather was just perfect, and the garden looked wonderful. The 130 guests enjoyed an afternoon of music, friendship and tucked into refreshments provided by the Reepham WI and the Country Market ladies.
The centenary year was round up with the Birthday Bash at the King’s Arms featuring the Bircham Banger, which had been created to celebrate the centenary by Robertson Family butcher.#
During the year, the trustees launched a centenary fund in order to raise the necessary funds to ensure that the building is kept in good order for the benefit of future generations.
Lots of interesting things go on at The Bircham Centre. On this page, you can read the latest Bircham Centre Trustees' Minutes and find out who won the 200 Club Draw this month.
The Bircham Centre is pleased to announce that the Norfolk County Council’s Record Office has been awarded a grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund of up to £217,400 to support a new three-year project entitled, Community Archives: Skills, Support and Sustainability. As the name suggests, the project will provide communities with the skills and support they need to create sustainable community archives.
Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the grant will be used to recruit two community archivists to work across Norfolk. They will work with community groups across the county to train people in archive skills, such as cataloguing their collections, digitization and recording oral history interviews. This will mean people now and, in the future, can locate and consult historically important resources.
The Reepham Archive based at the Bircham Centre is one of the 30 named partners in this project.