Visits to the UK

Family Visits to England
by Derek Bickford-Smith

From time to time we receive visits from our Family friends around the world. Here we record a few of them with fond memories....

In 1988 HMS Norfolk received the freedom of the City of Norwich. During his visit I met Commander Williamson of HMS Norfolk to invite them to the second world gathering in Norfolk Island. Unfortunately, duties prevented their joining us.

In 1993 Nan and Fred Smith travelled all the way from Norfolk Island to England. That was in the early days of bringing the Family together. Behind us in the photograph is Norwich Castle.

1996 and Joyce and Bob Wilson from the New Zealand branch of our Family, again with Norwich Castle in the background.

And then in 2001, there was a reception at County Hall for the New Norfolk delegation from Tasmania who had come over to ensure we would agree to a World Gathering there in 2008!
Headed by Damian Bester, Editor in Chief of the New Norfolk Gazette, who is seen here signing the visitors book with John Shepherd.

Left: a photograph taken in 2002 during a reception by Norfolk County Chairman Councillor Colleen Walker for the recently retired Australian Administrator of Norfolk Island, South Pacific.
Alan Kerr (left) and Gillian Reckitt (right).
The latter's ancestors include the original 'Christian' of Mutiny on the Bounty fame.

Right: Alan Kerr 'holding forth' at the reception joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk County, Sir Timothy Colman (right).

Note the Norfolk Island flag and the Norfolk & Norwich World Family map on display.

In 2003, Norwich, England was honoured with a visit from Jacqueline and Dr John McFeeley, Chairman of the Norfolk Town Selectmen, Massachusetts.
This photograph shows us being welcomed to Norwich Castle by a 17th century Sheriff of Norwich.

Welcome to Professor David Orrick, a Family visitor from Norwich University, Vermont to Norwich UK

On the 30th July 2010 Margaret Ince represented our World Family at a meeting with Professor David Orrick, Department of Justice and Sociology, Norwich University, Vermont. The meeting in City Hall, Norwich UK was hosted by our Lord Mayor, Councillor Tom Dillon.

Professor Orrick has kindly offered a future presentation on his university, here in Norwich UK. Norwich University Vermont is unique, in that it is Americas’ senior private military college, founded in 1819 by a former West Point officer to prepare the citizen soldier.

The coffee morning meeting was to outline plans for a presentation during Professor Orricks’ next visit to us. On behalf of his university Professor Orrick presented the Lord Mayor with a ceremonial dagger and received mementoes from the City of Norwich.

Margaret presented David with a signed copy of Dereks’ book and a Family badge. She was pleased to accept Davids’ invitation to include Norwich University, Vermont in her tour of the Norfolks and Norwichs of New England in Oct. 2010