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The aims of the Festival are to give people opportunities to discover more about themselves and their communities, to affirm the rich and diverse heritage and culture of rural Norfolk and to celebrate the relationships and partnerships which support rural communities.
Revd Canon Andrew Beane, who leads the Aylsham District Team Ministry, said:
"Across the Team we are really excited about the festival and how it will bring our churches and communities together celebrating heritage, music, culture. The Festival will bring together different generations and will offer event and activities for our schools and local families.
We are delighted that the Festival also gave us an opportunity to work the Broadland Tourist Officer and Norfolk Museum Service and they caught our vision of using our Church buildings in creative and innovative ways to inspire our communities."
Organised by the the Aylsham & District Team Ministry churches, in partnership with Broadland District Council and Norfolk Museums Service, the Festival promises to offer something for everyone.
The twelve churches have come up with a huge array of activities from concerts to a ‘Terrific Towers’ Activity Day with climbing tower. There is also a tour of the RAF Coltishall Control Tower and a Beer and Band Evening with Wildcraft Brewery. There really is to something for everyone.
The Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, said:
"The Twelve Towers Festival is a wonderful initiative bringing the communities of the Aylsham & District Team Ministry together for a special month of celebrations. The range of activities is huge. May the blessings experienced be equally magnificent."
Sponsorship from Broadland District Council has funded the production of a full colour brochure to promote the event and the Norfolk Museum's service will be curating some exciting exhibitions in some of the churches.
Broadland District Council have also agreed to fund a Digital Exhibition which will tell the story of some of communities, though image, music and artefacts; along with a cycle route covering 15 local churches.
Samantha Johns, Collections Development Manager, Norfolk Museums Service, said:
"During the 12 Towers Festival visitors will be able to talk to Norfolk Museums staff and see objects in local context.
Norfolk Museums Service is thrilled to have been involved in this project. We welcome the opportunity to bring alive the rich local heritage by taking objects from the collections to new audiences and venues in the district."
If you can’t make it in person you will be able to pick up a flavour of what’s going on from Aylsham’s pop-up radio station, Pop, Corn & Grace FM.
Kandi Kammoun Pop, Corn & Grace FM Radio station organiser said:
"We will be taking to the airwaves again from our studio in Aylsham Parish Church from Thursday 1 June to Sunday 4 June. We will be looking ahead to the 12 Towers Festival events along with broadcasting some of the events live with interviews and comments from all the churches and community organisations involved."