December 5 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Griff Rhys Jones made a splash in Waveney on Saturday as he opened a study centre set up to promote and celebrate a 59 mile picturesque river.
The comedian, broadcaster and river enthusiast cut the ribbon at the River Waveney Study Centre at Earsham, near Bungay.
Mr Rhys Jones, star of Not the Nine O’Clock News, Alas Smith and Jones and Three Men in a Boat, made his appearance at the centre after he had canoed there down a section of the River Waveney with members of the River Waveney Trust which runs the centre.
He said: “If you are in the country and want an instant adventure there is absolutely nothing like getting in a canoe and going in the river.
“One of the great things that the trust can do is make sure everyone can enjoy the river.”
The River Waveney Study Centre has been set up on the 32 acre former home of the Otter Trust on a five year lease to offer educational and entertainment events to celebrate the River Waveney, which stretches from Redgrave, near Diss to Great Yarmouth.
As part of its educational ethos, the River Waveney Trust has already arranged school visits to the centre as well as visits by sea scouts and it hopes even more youngsters will develop a love of the waterway.
Gordon Lascelles, one of seven trustees at the trust, said: “From my point of view I want to see young people learn about the river and the natural environment and anything to do with the outdoors in a safe environment.”
The River Waveney Trust held its first meeting in March 2012 and its aims are to ensure the river, its tributaries and surroundings are maintained and made as accessible as possible for the enjoyment of the public for many years to come.
Saturday’s opening also saw the trust celebrate its 500th member - Amanda Noble, a charity worker from Diss, who received a bottle of champagne and a Rivers DVD from Mr Rhys Jones.
Ms Noble said: “I joined as it is a lovely river and is right on people’s doorsteps.”
For information of the trust visit www.riverwaveneytrust.org