Princess Anne visits Save the Children
Glebe House School student Scarlett Hallard presents flowers to The Princess Royal.

HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of Save the Children visited Hunstanton on 31st January for the 35th Anniversary of the Save the Children branch in the town.

Arriving by helicopter, HRH was presented with a posy by Glebe House School student Scarlett Hallard, while children from years three and four looked on with their teachers David Whitehill and Karen Hubbard.

Greeted by Lady Romney, HRH was introduced to the Mayor Cllr Carol Bower and Consort Simon Bower, Save the Children Area Community Fundraising Manager Adrienne Williams, Hunstanton Golf Club Captain Richard Castle and Chair of the Hunstanton Branch of Save the Children Christine Earnshaw.

Princess Anne spent the afternoon talking to committee members and supporters of Save the Children who had gathered for the celebration lunch. For many years now the Golf Club has hosted the organisation’s fundraising events, but the first Save the Children event in the town was in Michael Thomas’s garden in Hunstanton just over 35 years ago.

Spending time with every guest Princess Anne was keen to hear about the work of the Hunstanton Branch and each person’s involvement.

Christine Earnshaw thanked the Princess Royal for her visit and said that since the branch was established it has raised over £232,000 for the charity. She added that she hoped by the 40th Anniversary this sum would have topped a quarter of a million.

Princess Anne addressed the gathering and spoke about the work of the charity at home and abroad and the challenges that people on the ground are facing. She referred to the work that the agency is doing with young girls and women and the attack by ISIS militants in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad that killed at least four people and injured dozens in a ten-hour battle on 24th January.

She praised the work of the local branch and remarked on the wonderful venue and surroundings saying that she hoped the Golf Club would continue to support the work of the organisation.

Before HRH left Hunstanton Golf Club, she signed the visitors’ book. 


Mr Thomas is pictured here talking to Princess Anne. 


Princess Anne with Committee Member Jenny Chapman 


HRH with Committee Member Dianne Hallard and husband Brian Hallard 


Sisters Claire Garrod (left) and Cassie Saunders with HRH 


Anthony and Angela Jewell with HRH 


Committee Member Rena Carter with HRH


Before HRH left Hunstanton Golf Club, she signed the visitors’ book and is pictured here with Captain Richard Castle