Welcome to the Friends of Kett's Heights
A NEW DECADE!
See full details on our Future Events page
Guided tours run by the Friends of Kett's Heights have finished for this year but will return in April 2020. However, don't despair! City Guide, Paul Dickson, runs excellent guided tours starting at the Maid’s Head and exploring the Cathedral Close and other nearby sites relating to Kett’s Rebellion, before climbing up to Kett’s Heights to enjoy the panoramic view. The tour ends back at the Maid’s Head with tea.
See our Future Events page for tour dates.
We have put together a Family Trail which you can print out and use to keep your children informed & entertained when you visit Kett's Heights. You can download it here:
KH Management Plan
Our Plans for the future, spanning the next 10 years, are outlined in KH Management Plan Proposals (see download file).
Want to help?
The next practical working sessions will be on the following Wednesdays
10am - 1.00pm:-
All welcome to come along and help for as long as you want. Tools provided.
How can YOU join?
It's easy to join Friends of Kett's Heights. Just click on the green button above to learn more about the
benefits and then sign up. Only £5 per year for household membership.
We realise that not everyone wants to commit to membership so we've made it simple to make a one-off donation using your credit or debit card. Just click on the red 'donate now' button to be taken to our secure 'Donation' page. You'll be helping make Kett's Heights beautiful once again. Minimum donation £3. Thanks!
Friends of Kett’s Heights has been accorded charitable status by HMRC, so subscriptions and donations can now be Gift Aided. Gift Aid means we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It will not cost you any extra. If you are a UK taxpayer and you’d like to Gift Aid your membership fee and/or donation, please fill in the Gift Aid section when you complete the membership or donation forms.
Find out more about Kett's Heights' charitable status HERE
How many churches can you count?
Now available to download - map, A4 leaflet & mobile phone guide to the many medieval churches that can been seen from the view-point on Kett's Heights!
Visit our Downloads page to see all available files.
Note: The 2019 accounts' summary & the 2019 annual review are available for download in the 'members only' area
Members:- If you have forgotten the password to the members' area please let us know via the form on our Contacts page and we will send you a reminder. Thanks.
See what we've been up to lately by visiting our Recent Activity Page.
We held our AGM on Wednesday 19th February which was well attended despite the cold, wet weather! This included a review of 2019 which you can read HERE or download a pdf copy below.
Read our February Newsletter here
The snowdrops are in full bloom at the moment. They lead up from the entrance gates. Why not go and take a look? Visit the gallery page to see more photos of Kett's heights in February.
The Friends of Kett's Heights were delighted to receive a commendation in the Community category of the Norfolk Design and Craftsmanship Awards 2019. We were runners up to award-winning social housing, Goldsmith Street, so it was a bit of a David and Goliath situation, and Goliath won on this occasion - and deservedly so.
Successful grant bid
As many residents will be aware the gas holders on Gas Hill have been undergoing demolition over the past year. That work is nearing completion but from the outset National Grid made it clear that they wanted to work with the community to minimise disruption and provide reassurances regarding safety. As a community based group we learned that National Grid also made grants available in areas where their work took place and we were encouraged to apply. This seemed like a good opportunity, and we put together a bid for £5000 to cover the cost of tree work at Kett’s Heights. This work will focus on trees that are causing structural damage to the Victorian terrace walls at many points across the site. In addition we have also identified a small number of trees that are reducing the panoramic visibility at the view-point. The majority of trees that are to be cut down are Sycamore and dead or dying Elm.
The herb garden within the walls of St Michael’s Chapel/19th century greenhouses is looking really lovely thanks to Jane and Kath. David is also creating an attractive seat as a means of using up all the loose bricks that are lying around. Otherwise they tend to be used as missiles by energetic youths.
A brave baby hedgehog foraging on the upper green (Fri. 11th Oct)
The last guided tour of 2019 was, I'm afraid, a total wash-out! The only people mad enough to turn out were Paddy, Vanessa & myself (Mike) who were tour leaders etc. We waited to ensure that nobody would arrive by 2.30 and then dashed home at 2.31! Next scheduled tour will be the first Sunday in April 2020 but if you are member of a group that would like a tour before then please get in touch via our contact page.
Birds & Butterflies - One of our members recently conducted a survey of the birds & butterflies to be seen in Kett's Heights. See the results here.