Holt Community & Services

Holt has many active organisations which provide services to the community. The following is a list of organisations, services and facilities available in our community.

Holt AllotmentsThe Allotments Committee

Holt has an allotment site to the north side of the town.

Read more about Holt Allotments.

Car parks

There are two District Council managed public Car Parks in Holt. These are at Station Road (just off the By- Pass A 1248) and at Albert Street nearer to the centre of Holt.

There is also a public car park at Budgens Supermarket in Kerridge Way and at Bakers & Larners in the Market Place. These are pay and display car parks. The Town Council runs an annual permit car park on Letheringsett Hill. Telephone 01263 712149 email holttowncouncil@gmail.com

Budgens, Holt Norfolk

Caring Society

The Holt Area Caring Society is a registered charity that takes patients to surgeries and hospitals for appointments with those in the medical professions such as Specialists, General Practitioners, Dentists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists and Nurses. The patients have to come from the Holt Medical Practice area including Blakeney and Melton Constable Surgeries as well as the Holt Surgery (www.holt-practice.nhs.uk)

The Society is run by a Committee which includes a Chairman, Treasurer, Coordinator, Secretary and six other members who are elected at the Annual General Meeting in March each year. This meeting can be attended by anyone from the Holt Medical Practice area.

Patients book transport by phoning the Coordinator on 01263 711243 as long before the appointment as possible. Sometimes drivers cannot be found for last minute appointments. Drivers phone patients beforehand to confirm the collection time and other details. The drivers collect patients from their homes to drive them to their appointments and return them afterwards. Most patients are able to walk to and from the car but the Society owns wheelchairs to help when necessary. The Coordinator must be told when a patient might have a problem in getting to and from a car such as needing a wheelchair.

The drivers are all local volunteers who are paid a mileage allowance but not for their time. Patients are encouraged to make donations towards the mileage allowance. This is usually placed in an envelope labelled with suggested donations for some of the most common journeys. The Society welcomes new drivers particularly those happy to drive to longer distances. Most drivers come from around Holt and there is an urgent need for more drivers from further away from Holt such as the coastal stretch from Weybourne to Morston

Chamber of Trade and Commerce

The Holt Chamber of Trade and Commerce (www.holtchamber.org) represents the business interests of Holt and its district and provides a forum for the exchange of views. It is an independent organisation open to all the businesses in the town and surrounding area. The Chamber seeks to support business interests through representation to the Town Council, North Norfolk District Council and the County Council on issues of concern.

Holt Chamber of Trade and Commerce

The Chamber also seeks to promote the town to the public through publicity and by supporting events and activities, both social and charitable, such as the Christmas Lights and floral displays. It has the following key aims:

The Chamber has a vibrant website which gives an opportunity for business promotion to our members and there are lively discussions at their monthly meetings about the many challenges that face traders today

For more information on Chamber or to find out how to join www.holtchamber.org

Holt Christmas LightsChristmas Lights Group

The Lights Group is a small group of volunteers. They arrange the display which runs from Switch-On night until 5th January each year and also the Switch On event which heralds the start of the six week display.

The Holt Christmas lights have become a major feature in the county from the end of November through to early January.

Thanks to the hard working committee and the generosity of local businesses, thousands of pounds are raised to create a wonderful display of beautifully lit buildings, Christmas trees and ethereal effects in existing trees.

The lights are enhanced by all the traders who decorate their own buildings and showcase a multiplicity of unique shops – antiques, art galleries, books, clothing, jewellery, gifts, lifestyle and electrical to name but a few. There is also a wide choice of excellent cafes, pubs and hotels to enjoy a coffee, lunch or evening meal when you visit the Lights.

Details on the Lights can be found from the Holt Lights website, www.holtchristmaslights.org – the brightest and the best!

Churches

The Parish Church of St Andrew the apostle, Holt

Well worth a visit!

Situated at the end of Church Street the 14th Century Parish Church of St Andrew the Apostle is a beautiful and well-proportioned Church. However, due to a disastrous fire on the 1st May 1708, today’s interior is very different to how it once would have looked. Sensitively restored in the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries, St Andrew’s is well worth a visit. The Church is a peaceful oasis in the middle of our bustling former market town and is open every day for private prayer and public worship as well as to welcome any visitors. Home to a thriving community of faith you will be assured of a warm welcome.

In April 2013 the church opened its extension which comprises the parish office, a new Sacristy, a multi purpose meeting room, toilets and kitchen. There is also a courtyard garden.

St Andrews Church, Holt, Norfolk

Times of service

Sunday:

Weekdays:

Morning and evening prayer are said daily Monday – Saturday 9.00am and 5.00pm.

For more information please see our website www.holtchurch.org

Parish Office Telephone 01263 713479 or alternatively, please refer to the Church Notice Boards.

Holt Methodist ChurchMethodist Church

God’s Church is put here to show His love to everyone. It is a place where people come to celebrate their good times and to find comfort and support in the not so good times. We invite You to share the love and fellowship that exist within the Church.

To make contact with the Minister please call 01263 712181.

The Church offers a friendly atmosphere for worship and fellowship; an opportunity to study the Bible and its relevance to our lives; a welcome into the fellowship of the church for babies through a service of baptism or dedication; an attractive wedding service for those who wish to be married; an outreach beyond our community to social and worldwide needs.

Community Buildings

There are several rooms which you can hire for a meeting or function:

Community Centre

Holt Community Centre is next to Budgens supermarket. It has three main rooms for hire: a spacious main hall, a medium size lounge and a smaller committee room. Backed up by a licensed bar, a top class fully equipped kitchen and the best dance floor in Holt, the Centre is suitable for a multitude of uses. It is particularly suitable for large meetings and private celebrations.

The Community Centre is home to regular meetings of no less than 18 local clubs/societies. Among their number are the Day Centre/Luncheon “Friday” Club, Holt Rotarians, the 1960s Pensioner Club, Weightwatchers, Holt WI and Holt Snooker Club. The Centre also hosts antiques fairs, shoe sales and the local farmers’ market as well as housing the offices of the Town Council and Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Finally, but by no means least, the Centre Committee runs its own community events. These include the monthly Cinema (the only one in Holt), the monthly quiz and Bridge tuition twice a week. Every month there is a “special” event varying from a pudding evening to a table top sale, from an art exhibition to a country and western dance.

The Centre was built in the 1970s and is now undergoing a major programme of refurbishment. A sound proof partition and extra doors have been installed to make the use of the rooms far more flexible. A dishwasher, glass washer and new gas oven have eased the work of Centre users. Our “carbon footprint” has been reduced with solar panels to generate electricity and by insulation in our cavity walls. All this has been made possible by several grants and local donations to the Centre’s £12,000 Development Appeal. Refurbishment of the disabled toilet and an upgrade of the heating and lighting have recently taken place with money raised from the appeal. The next step is to refurbishment of the toilets and grant money has recently been awarded for this major improvement.

For all enquiries about the Centre please contact the Centre Administrator, Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt, NR25 6DN. Telephone 01263 713427 Email: holtcc@btconnect.com

Country Market

Holt County Market is a member of Country Markets Ltd which is a membership-based co-operative enterprise. It is one of around four hundred local markets selling home-made, home grown and hand crafted items directly to the public. Producers (aged between 16 and 100!) come from all walks of life. Everyone takes their turn in helping to run the Market; a small commission is taken from sales to cover Market running expenses and the rest paid to producers monthly.

All goods available for the sale in the Market are produced at home by the individual members; there are no “bought in” goods.

Holt Country Market sells sweet and savoury home-cooked items, free range eggs and vegetables and flowers in season. There is also a wide variety of locally made craft-work. Coffee and home-made cakes are also available! Our Market is held weekly on Friday mornings from 9am until 11am in St Andrews Church Hall, Church Street, Holt. We have many loyal customers and there is usually a queue when the Market opens. The County Market is always keen to meet prospective new producers – visit the Country Market if you are interested in joining.

Dementia Support Group

Holt & District Dementia Support Group launched its “drop in cafe”, The Poppy Centre in April 2014: since then they have started a Home Visiting service, which enables carers for those living with dementia to have a couple of hours to themselves, on as regular basis as possible.

The group is proving to meet a growing need in North Norfolk for this kind of support and they are anxious to reach out to as many of those who can benefit from it as possible, within our area.

www.holtdementiasupport.org.uk

Dementia Support Group

 

Dental Practice

Holt dental Practice is a private practice offering a wide range of quality and caring services. It is situated at Caxton House, Market Place, Holt. Telephone 01263 712335

e mail holt@oasisdentalcare.com or visit www.holtdental.co.uk

Holt Roots & Shoots – Growing for the Future

This is a hands on project based in and around the walled garden and greenhouses at Holt Hall Field Studies Centre. The project was conceived from the cobwebs of the redundant walled garden and greenhouses.

The desire to highlight the growing need to provide opportunities and resources to educate, train and encourage our community, in how to grow their own food and why producing locally sourced foods is so important. This also provides opportunities for educating a range of people who would not be able to access a normal classroom with different accredited courses in education.

In September 2007 the project came to life with the restoration of the walled garden and facilities to train within a Victorian walled garden and greenhouse. Further resources have been acquired such as a 60’ X 30’ wide polythene tunnel and a state of the art classroom with wood burner available for other users as well.

From that initial start up the project has grown and it now runs courses in organic horticulture and outdoor learning, combining the opportunity to explore feelings, functional skills and team work with other mediums being used such as environmental art or countryside skills.

The project is now in its fourth growing season and produces seasonal fruit and vegetables for other users of the centre to be able to taste and enjoy the fruits of freshly harvested food. This opportunity also provides them with the ability to see at firsthand how their food is produced, where it comes from and to be able to harvest it in its raw state, taking it into the kitchen for the chef’s to produce the students food. For more information telephone Holt Hall on 01263 713117

Holt First Scouts & BrowniesHolt First Scouts & Brownies

In the Headquarters on Cley Road, Holt the sixty plus Beavers, Cubs and Scouts enjoy busy and exciting programmes run by well trained and enthusiastic Leaders. Beaver Scouts aged 6-8 enjoy fun and friendship whilst developing their confidence before moving on to Cub Scouts 8-10. Cubs go camping, learn new skills and have adventures.

At 10+ the scout section offers the chance for young people to get the most out of life, abseiling, canoeing, sailing, archery and some fantastic camping opportunities, are just a few of the activities on offer. At 14 the move is to Explorer Scouts and the opportunity to become Young Leaders.

Scouting is for everyone, adults have just as much fun helping to make a positive difference to the lives of young people, whilst making new friends, learning new skills and having fun themselves. There are roles for administrators and fund raisers as well as leaders.

Scouts are the largest mixed youth group in the UK, if you would like to be part of it the person to ring is Val Moss telephone 01263 711276.

Holt Brownies meet term times only at 6.00 p.m. in the Holt Youth Project, Old Station Way, Holt

Holt Youth ProjectHolt Youth Project

(Registered Charity 1128752) Old Station Way, Hempstead Road, Holt,NR25 6DH

Situated in Old Station Way, the project can be contacted on 01263710918 www.holtyouthproject.org.uk

One of England’s most imaginative youth schemes and award winning flagship project serving children, young people and families of Holt and surrounding villages

The Centre has been built for the young people of Holt and surrounding villages, and was provided with the help of EEDA, various trust funds, many businesses in the town and a very large number of local residents of all ages. The help has been financial, material and most importantly, a commitment of a huge amount of time, energy and determination.

The Project has won many accolades and awards including:

The Holt Youth Project exists to provide a safe environment for the young people of Holt and its surrounding villages to meet and socialise with the minimum of supervision. This helps to improve and develop their social interaction and communication skills.

The Project provides a centre where young people can learn vocational skills to enhance their opportunities in the workplace, assisting them to attain their full potential as citizens in the community.

The Health Hut – Our new purpose-built gym is furnished with state of-the-art equipment to support young people in our Healthy Lifestyle Programme. This facility is now open to the general public.

Holt Library

Holt Library

Your Norfolk County Council Library in Holt. Find the Library at 9 Church Street, Holt. Where you can borrow from a wide range of: books and story sacks for babies and children; books, magazines and graphic novels for teenagers and adults.

Talking books and large print books. Foreign language courses on tape and CD.

DVDs, Console games and Music CDs.

The Library also offers free email and internet access, including family and local history sites. There are monthly free Internet courses for beginners. Plus, weekly ‘Baby Bounce’ and ‘Rhymetimes’. Fax Services also available.

Council@yourlibrary for all local services queries.

For more information visit the Holt Library page at the Norfolk County council website, telephone 0344 800 8006 or email libraries@norfolk.gov.uk.

Holt Medical Practice

Situated on Kelling Road just outside of the town.

Holt Area Patient Group Telephone 01263 711833 e mail holtarepatientgroup@gmail.com

www.holt-practice.nhs.uk.

The Holt ChronicleNews (Free papers)

There are two free papers which are delivered to households.

“The Holt Chronicle” Telephone 01263 712177 delivered to doors in Holt and Weybourne, copies are available at other local distribution points. The paper is printed every fortnight

Email info@holtchronicle.co.uk or visit www.holtchronicle.co.uk.

“Just Holt” is printed every four weeks and delivered to all householders Telephone 01263 732205. Email editor@justregional.co.uk

Police

Holt Police Station is situated on Norwich Road If you want to contact the police on their non emergency telephone number dial 101, otherwise call 0845 4564567.

Postal Services

Holt has its own Sub-Post Office situated near to the junction of White Lion Street and Bull Street. In addition, in the town centre there is also a Royal Mail postal box on High Street.

The Poppy Centre

A Drop in Cafe, open every Tuesday morning 10.30-12.30, in the New Meeting Room, St. Andrew’s Church Holt. For those living with Dementia, in the district of Holt, and to their carers, also those who may be worried about their memory.

Public Toilets

There are public toilets situated on the Albert Street Car Park entrance. These include a disabled toilet. The Toilets are owned and managed by North Norfolk District Council.

The Town Council owns the Public Toilets in Church Street adjacent to the Holt Library.

Public Transport

Holt is well served with bus services and details of these can be found on the Information Point near to the Millennium Bus Shelter in the Market Place.

The North Norfolk Railway has a station at Holt near to Kelling. The Railway offers a 10.5 mile round trip by steam train (vintage diesel trains on some journeys) through a delightful area of North Norfolk designated as being of outstanding natural beauty. To the south are wooded hills and the Norfolk beauty spots of Kelling Heath and Sheringham Park. To the north, the sea. All within easy walking distance from the various stations. The flowers are a sight to see throughout the year. In spring and early summer there are primroses, bluebells and the yellow gorse. Later in the year the poppies abound and are set off by the mauve heathers.

Recycling

Holt has recycling banks on the Station Road and Albert Street Car Parks. There is also a household recycling centre near Pretty Corner at Sheringham. Further afield there are recycling centres on Polka Road, Wells-Next-The Sea and Fakenham Road, Hempton.

Education

Holt Community Primary School is located just off Holt Town Centre on the roundabout on the A148/B1149 junction. The origins of Holt Primary School can be traced to the mid-nineteenth century when there were two schools in the town. The infant building was first used in 1910 and the older children moved to our present building in 1928 – at that time, pupils remained here, at what was called Holt Senior Elementary School, for the whole of their education. When Sheringham Secondary Modern School (as it was known at the time) opened in the 1950’s, our building was renamed Holt County Junior School and was separated from the Infants by a high fence! Fortunately, Mr Wiles, who was the Head in 1965, amalgamated the two buildings, pulled down the fence and we became Holt County Primary.

Since then, various alterations and improvements have taken place, with the provision of an activities hall, offices, staffroom, library and most recently, a kitchen. Further improvements have also been made to the school environment with the installation of some outdoor play equipment in both the infant and junior play areas and the provision of two bicycle shelters. The School has improved the access to the infant building and also provided a decking area for our early years pupils. Recent improvements have been refurbishment of the junior toilets, including the provision of a disabled facility. The school changed its name to Holt Community Primary School in 1999.

For younger Children there is the Sure Start Chidrens’ Centre in Charles Road. Whether you are a Dad, a Mum, a Grandparent or Carer the Centre welcomes everyone to join in their activities and events. Avtivities are for children from birth to pre-school age. All Children’s Centre lead activities aim to be inclusive for all children regardless of ability. If you or your child have any specific needs or require additional support to access our services please let the Centre know.

Gresham’s School is an independent coeducational boarding school founded in 1555. There is a Pre Preparatory School situated in the Old Grammar School Building in the Market Place of the town, and Preparatory School situated in Pearsons Road just to the east of the town centre. The Senior School is situated in Cromer Road. Telephone 01263 714500

Tourism Information Centre

This is situated in Pound House, Market Place, Holt. It is open during the day (excluding lunch times) from April through until the end of October.

War Memorial

Holt War MemorialThe Town Council is the custodian of the Holt War Memorial situated in the Market Place, and under the War Memorials (Local Authorities) Act of 1923 the Council may incur reasonable expenditure in the maintenance, repair and protection of a war memorial. The majority of war memorials in our country were created by public subscription through committees formed for their commissioning, and usually dissolved after their completion.

The Holt War Memorial was erected in 1920 in Holt Market Place. We have a photograph of the Holt peace celebration service held on July 19th 1919 in the Market Place around the Jubilee column. The Queen Victoria 1887 Jubilee Column – the lantern referred to as “Blind Sam” (so often it did not work) – was moved to Obelisk Plain to make room for the memorial. Such was the importance of the War Memorial.

The War Memorial was designed by the Architect Mr J Page from Langham near Blakeney in 1919 and erected in 1920. It is a magnificent 20 foot high spire erected on a square plinth. The spire is engraved with four crests. On its west face at the base of the spire is the inscription “THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVER MORE”. On its east face are the dates of the wars 1914 – 18, and 1939 – 45. It is made of Clipsham Stone. Names of the 63 men who died in the Great War are inscribed on the upper course of each face of the plinth. On the middle course are engraved the names of the 32 men who died in World War II. Later additions, on the west side, are those who fell in Korea in 1952 and Northern Ireland 1991. The carved lettering on the War Memorial is a raised pattern.

At Christmas, a Christmas tree is placed next to the War Memorial and is lit with traditional white lights and an additional red light in memory of each person lost during the wars mentioned on the Memorial.

The War Memorial was re-dedicated in January 1995 and again in October 2010 following its refurbishment.

WI

The Holt WI meet monthly at the Holt Community Centre.

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