Partners in Town: Looking forward to 2017 opening of Dragonfly Gallery in Watton

Jan Godfrey. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Jan Godfrey. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY - Credit: Archant

There is an air of excitement in the Dragonfly Gallery as the 2017 opening date approaches.

The Dragonfly Gallery in Watton. Picture: IAN BURT

The Dragonfly Gallery in Watton. Picture: IAN BURT - Credit: Ian Burt

Once Upon a Time is our first literature event, timed to coincide with World Book Day on March 2.

This day is normally focussed on children.

Schools and libraries will certainly make the most of this opportunity - but we wanted to provide a programme for adults, especially younger adults.

In the gallery we have a number of 'meet the author' and book-signing sessions, as well as a calligraphy demonstration.

There will be fun competitions and a really special treat, with wonderful storyteller Paul Jackson regaling us with his stories.

There will be three workshops – Write Now, a life-writing course with writer and artist Sue Welfare; Wayland in Words, poetry and creative writing with Heidi Williamson; and How to draw Superheroes - (and Villains) and Comics! with Andy Scordellis.

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Places are limited, so those wanting to take part should book soon on 01953 880205.

Our first two events of the year were very successful.

The Acorn Fair attracted lots of publicity and there have been many positive comments.

We also held our 16th Farmhouse Breakfast, promoting local food and businesses.

We launched the Welcome to Wayland 2017 brochure with the calendar of key events both at Wayland House and in Watton and the Wayland area.

On March 28, we will hold our second job fair at the Queens Hall, which is almost fully booked. This is a great opportunity for young people looking for their first job, for those not in work, those seeking a change or those returning after a break.

Later in the year we are planning to hold a Business Showcase event.

Some small businesses have told us they feel invisible to potential customers because their business is in a remote or shared location. This is an opportunity to showcase what they do.

It would be helpful for us to know how many small businesses would find this useful. Please call 01953 883915 if you are interested.

The Dementia Café is holding a tabletop sale on February 11 at Watton Christian Community Centre.