FOND, Spin Off Theatre, Local Heritage Initiative and Norfolk County Council Logo Pictures

This project was born from the desire by FOND to have the local dialect understood and appreciated by schools and the next generation as both a cultural heritage and ‘living thing’.

The requirement of the national curriculum and the enthusiasm and interest of the Professional Development team of Norfolk Childrens Services produced a ‘marriage made in heaven’.

The project was born... Local Heritage Initiative were excited by the project and provided approximately £25,000.

Of the original eleven schools who ‘signed up’ nine completed the project. They are:
All Saints Primary School, Brancaster Primary School, Diss High School,
Firside Middle School, Forncett St Peter Church of England Primary School,
Harleston C of E VA Primary School, Langham Village School,
Sheringham Primary School, Thompson Primary School,
and Wymondham High School.

Each school received a day's training from Prof. Peter Trudgill and members of the PDC alongside a member of FOND

This project has received national publicity, from features in The Guardian to The Sun to local TV and Radio. Activities culminated in a celebratory exhibition at the Forum and performances at the Royal Norfolk Show, as well as a Radio programme on Radio Norfolk.

The schools had help from either Spin Off Productions - a local theatre group - and/or Rig a Jig Jig - a local traditional music group. The actual projects selected by the schools varied considerably.

Each school laid on a presention of the project to their local population.