Hitler’s Oak Olympic Carving Completed

April 18th, 2017

In the 1936 Olympic Games, all gold medal winners were also given an oak sapling. Christopher Boardman, the eldest son of the Boardman family who lived at How Hill, was the helmsman of the Lalage, a gold medal winning yacht. The sailing races took place at Kiel. Christopher Boardman did not actually go to Berlin to pick up his medal, but one of his team members, Miles Belleville, did – receiving gold medals for all the crew, together with an oak sapling. As Christopher was the helmsman, it was decided to plant the tree at his home at How Hill in Ludham and in September 1936 the sapling was planted at the back of How Hill House.

Just a few years later, the tree was nearly destroyed by a German bomb that was dropped by a warplane returning to Germany. Shrapnel from this bomb was found embedded in the north side of How Hill House but the tree was unscathed!

Back in 2013, the tree was beginning to suffer and was heavily pollarded to try and save it. Unfortunately it was unsuccessful. Following the death of the tree, it emerged that honey fungus had been responsible.

It was decided that a fitting memorial to its history was needed and, in early 2017, Arnie Barton (a chainsaw carver from North Norfolk) was commissioned to undertake the work. The remnant of Hitler’s Oak is now a magnificent reminder of the gold medal winning sailors from the 1936 Olympics. The carving is at the back of How Hill House for all to see.

Read more about How Hill’s history.

Simon Partridge

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Job vacancy: Experienced Cook / Chef required

March 30th 2017

We are looking for an experienced cook/chef to cater for our residential school visitors during term time along with adult groups on a few weekends throughout the year and during school holidays.
The hours are a minimum of 2.00 pm – 7.00 pm Monday to Thursday. At certain times of the year the hours will be full time.
Good cake making skills are essential for our pop up tea room which is open May to September.

The position requires flexibility, experience, the ability to work in a small team and above all drive and determination to maintain and increase our reputation for first class food.

Salary will reflect qualifications and experience.
Position is available for immediate start.

Please contact Simon Partridge on 01692 678555 or
email simon@howhilltrust.org.uk

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Teachers – Book Your Spring and Summer Day Visits Now!

March 14th, 2017

The days are getting warmer and it’s time to start looking ahead to the summer term. Our day visits are booking up fast, but there is still time for you to plan an unforgettable trip for your class.

We offer a range of activities. The most popular include:

Pond Dipping Getting up close to the creatures that live in our dykes.

Nature Trail  A walk around the reserve looking at several different habitats and thinking about the plants and animals that live there.

Toad Hole Cottage Museum Children step back in time when they go into our Victorian marshman’s cottage museum.

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2017 Events Programme Out Now

The wait is over….. our new programme has arrived and we are open for bookings.

Click here to download a printable pdf version of our 2017 events programme.

All events are also listed on this website – click here to go to the events section.

This year we have 6,000 of these programmes to distribute and your help would be greatly appreciated. If you could take a pile of brochures to be shared with your hobby group/workplace/church etc.  we will show our gratitude with a voucher for a free cream tea for two at our tearoom.

If you would like to join our mailing list to automatically receive a copy of the brochure by post or email every year please let us know. Contact secretary@howhilltrust.org.uk or tel: 01692 678555.

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50th Anniversary Appeal Launched

September 22, 2016

How Hill’s 50th Anniversary Appeal was launched on Monday 19th September at an event held in the Hostry at Norwich Cathedral. Over seventy guests attended including the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Richard Jewson, representatives of several grant giving trusts, How Hill trustees and lifetime members of the Friends of How Hill.

After refreshments in the reception area, guests took their seats in the Weston Room for speeches from Baroness Gillian Shephard, Simon Partridge, Director of the How Hill Trust and Nick Price, Chairman of Trustees. Their presentations focused on the history of the house, its establishment as an education centre and the work of the Trust today.

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How Hill tearoom closed until next spring

September 8, 2016

A big thank you to everyone who has visited our tearoom this season. The tearoom made over £20,000 – that’s a lot of slices of Bridget the cook’s fantastic home made cakes! This money goes directly towards supporting the educational work of the How Hill Trust.

Our tearoom will be open again next May and we hope to see you again then.


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