Welcome to Grimston’s website!
The Parish of Grimston is a few miles east of King’s Lynn, stretching from the Eastern by-pass nearly to Massingham. The valley is viewed as one of the most important landscapes in West Norfolk, and can be seen while passing around the Knights Hill Roundabout and heading towards Fakenham, and also when coming from the Gayton Road (B1145) and over Annie Green’s Hill. Grimston was the main village with the hamlet of Pott Row to the west (Pott Row is now the larger half of the parish). The population is around c. 2,000 (c. 2,500 with our sister parishes of Roydon & Congham).
The archaeology of Grimston reveals pottery which was made in Grimston/Pott Row and known throughout Europe. Grimston pots have been found in Trondheim and Bergen, Norway where around 30% of the pots that have been found of that era were made in Grimston. Other places of export include Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Iceland, as well as throughout East Anglia. Typically they were inscribed with a cartoon face. One of these has been copied onto a recently carved misericord in the church. The potters flourished particularly from 1200-1350, beginning in the area south of the church, though later moving West to what is now called Pott Row, although the best seam of clay runs in a narrow strip north to south, near the spring line, which the present B1153 follows.
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Information from the Greenfingers Group
Greenfingers is now in its 28th year and has 75 members. This thriving club attracts members from our immediate villages and as far afield as King’s Lynn, Massingham and Middleton. A programme of talented speakers and visits to delightful gardens such as East Ruston and Helmingham Hall spark interest. Since 2006, the club has entered a garden exhibit in the Sandringham Flower Show and has won eight Gold Medals, including five Best in Show, which gained us the EDP trophy. Our own Horticultural Show (1st Saturday in September) also encourages residents of Grimston, Pott Row, Congham and Roydon, not only to show off their green fingered talents, but also their skills in home baking, flower arranging, art and craft and photography. We also hold a Spring Show and supper in April.
Each year members choose a local charity to support and last year they voted unanimously to support Blood Bikes by donating the entire profit of our Annual Horticultural Show (plus a top up from club funds). Previous years have seen us support the Forward Trust’s Ezone workshops, Remap and Tapping House, amongst other local charities.
An Annual Grand Draw and a Plant and Cake Sale help to boost funds. We also have a stand at the Vintage Tractor Road Run Fayre, organised by Friends of St Botolph’s and held at Manor Farm in June.
We meet at 7 for 7.30pm in the Village Hall, Pott Row on the second Tuesday of each month (except January).
January No meeting
February 14th National Garden Scheme: Mrs. Julia Stafford-Allen
March 14th Getting more food from your garden: Hugh Lanham
April 11th Spring Show & Supper 3 Daffodils, 3 Dwarf Daffodils, 3 Tulips (1 Var.), 3 Tulips (mixed), Vase of Spring Flowers
May 9th Hostas: Swines Meadow Farm Nursery, Colin Ward
June 13th Rare, unusual, beautiful shrubs Walnut Tree Nursery, Jim Paine
June 21st Visit to Somerleyton Hall
July 11th Evening Visit to Collison Cut Flowers
July 26th Sandringham Flower Show
August 8th Walled Gardens: Paul Thompson
Sept 2nd ANNUAL HORTICULTURAL SHOW
October 10th A – Z of Bulbs: Taylors Bulbs Mr Johnny Walker