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Friends of Holt Hall

Supporting the learning, leisure opportunities and activities provided through Holt Hall; ensuring access for all.

Friends of Holt Hall is a registered charity in North Norfolk to support work with young people, to promote their active engagement with the environment and to develop opportunities for their social and emotional wellbeing.

All members of the Friends of Holt Hall meet quarterly on four dates pre-arranged at the winter “Friends” meeting. This meeting is also the Friends’ AGM.

Membership of ‘Friends of Holt Hall’ is open to all (FREE) and is a real opportunity to get involved with something in the local community. There is also a very active volunteer community assisting in the gardens and grounds.


To pursue our mission, the Friends have launched a Bursary Scheme to promote access to the full range of Holt Hall services for the most inclusive range of young beneficiaries.

The target for the Bursary Fund is to raise £5000 in each of the next three years as matched funding to facilitate access to outdoor learning in the natural world for disadvantaged young people. This should allow an average of 6-10 additional students to participate in courses every week.

The funds will be released to Holt Hall to fund access by as many young people as possible at the discretion of The Friends. Friends’ activities to date mean that this fund currently stands at £4,000.

We raise funds by enabling grant applications and working with The Holt Hall team, it’s strong force of volunteers and its partners on events and activities. The funds raised from these feed into the Bursary for delivery of our very special public benefits.

Events include four Open Gates events each year with various activities around public access to Holt Hall grounds and the main building.

Our grant raising work is developed by:

  • Work by one of the Trustees or Friends with a member of the Centre Team to apply for funds with potential for us to achieve our charitable aims and strategy.
  • A proposal from the Centre Team for the Friends to help with access to a source of funding for a particular extension to Holt Hall activities, providing the Friends’ objective to increase access is incorporate
  • Partnership working between The Friends, The Centre Team and a range of partners to explore new ways of achieving the reach and effectiveness of our mission by jointly applying for funding. Crucially, the Friends’ objective to increase access will be central to this application.

Often motivated by personal experience of the work of Holt Hall, volunteers and members of  ‘Friends of Holt Hall’ provide support to ensure that the wider community can be more involved. Holt Hall continues to demonstrate the transformative effects of residential opportunity and environmental experience on children, young people and adults and we embrace those who are keen to support us in this venture.

Our Values:

  • Working together to ensure young people and the broader Norfolk community access environmental and outdoor learning experience
  • A belief that Holt Hall is something worth preserving for future generations to enjoy and appreciate in the face of relentless funding pressure
  • Readiness to give time, either through volunteering in practical ways on the estate or by helping to lobby, campaign and fundraise.

Being a Friend of Holt Hall or Volunteer is free, but any donations are appreciated and go directly into the Student Bursary Fund. Pam Kirby is the Volunteer Co-ordinator.

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