Great Yarmouth Business News: June #GYHour TweetUp

Local Business Tweeters Explore Broads Energy Sector Heritage


  • The Wind Energy Museum at Repps With Bastwick hosted an event for local business tweeters this week.
  • Green energy solutions from Norfolk’s past are being restored and demonstrated by volunteers
  • Schools and colleges can visit to learn heritage engineering and craft skills.
  • #GYHour is due to celebrate its first anniversary in August at BDO at Beacon Park.


Members of Great Yarmouth’s #GYHour twitter group were taken back in time this week to explore some ingenious renewable energy solutions that were in action across the Norfolk Broads over a century ago.


Hosted by the Wind Energy Museum in Repps-with-Bastwick, the event was also a chance for a spot of local business networking in beautiful surroundings, with cream teas all round.


Rescued and rebuilt by Ronald Morse, the collection includes both local exhibits and turbines from as far afield as America and Australia. Owner Debra Nicholson and her team of volunteers are constantly developing the site with a focus on working models to bring it all to life. Debra said “We’re keen to welcome more schools and colleges to our Museum, especially where students are keen to learn about engineering or the history of the broads”. Delivering a talk for attendees in the Museum’s new Education Centre, volunteer Paul Hooper introduced the range of talks and workshops that can be provided by the volunteers to schools and local organisations.


On Twitter, #GYHour members shared photos and videos of the windpumps in action during their Tuesday evening meeting online. #GYHour founder Vick Smith, from GYSocialmedia, said “What an amazing setting for our latest Tweetup! The team here are so friendly and knowledgeable.”


The group will be celebrating their 1st anniversary on 19th August. They’ll be marking the occasion with an informal networking event hosted by local business advisory and accountancy firm BDO at Beacon Park together with special guests from the Great Yarmouth business community.  A brand new website will be unveiled telling the #GYHour story and showing how to make social media work for local businesses.


You can join GYHour on Tuesday evenings at 7pm each week by searching on Twitter for ‘#GYHour’.




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Notes for Editors




  • Photo 4: Group shot of GYHour attendees: (L-R) Stephen Barron – GYEnterprise, Matt Smith – Sara’s Tearooms, Tracy Cox – BDO, Guy Gibson – GYEnterprise, Vick Smith – GYSocialMedia, Debra Nicholson – Wind Energy Museum, Andy Perkins – Andrew Perkins Photography, Jessica Collin – NWES. (Photo Credit: Matt Smith Media)
  • Photo 1: Windpump Spur Wheel in action at the Wind Energy Museum (Photo Credit: Matt Smith Media)


Vick Smith and GYSocialmedia:



Wind Energy Museum: 

Staithe Road, Repps with Bastwick, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR29 5JU. Website:

Situated within 2.75 acres in the small village of Repps with Bastwick in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, the museum offers a fascinating insight into the history of wind energy. Also owned by the collection is the magnificent Thurne windpump. THE UK’S ONLY COLLECTION OF THIS TYPE WORKING DEMONSTRATIONS. VOLUNTEERING & SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES.


I’ve established #GYHour, a free online business networking event that will run every Tuesday night on Twitter between 7-8pm. If you haven’t used Twitter before, all you’ll need to do is set up an account which is a very quick and simple process.  You can then join GYHour by searching on Twitter for ‘#GYHour’.

#GYHour Tweetup:

Local businesses to meet face-to-face with fellow representatives from local firms who they’d met on Twitter on the Tuesday night #GYHour online networking event. The bi-monthly event, organised by Vick Smith of GYSocialMedia regularly attracts representatives from Great Yarmouth’s local tourism, financial services, creative, marketing and estate agency businesses.

Find more Great Yarmouth Business News by searching for #GYHour on Twitter.


photo 1#GYHour TweetUp | Wind Energy Museum | GYSocialMedia