From being awarded a £100,00 EU grant to featuring in a hit new BBC thriller, it’s been a busy year for one of Norfolk’s heritage railway lines.

Players wore black armbands as a mark of respect for a popular football referee known for his good humour and dedication to the sport.

Hundreds of people gathered for the annual Battle of Britain memorial parade and church service in Dereham town centre.

Rock legend Rick Wakeman will officially reopen Dereham’s cat adoption centre after its £1.2m refurbishment.

A poignant Torch of Remembrance is making its journey home from Belgium and will be marked with events across Norfolk.

A regional accountancy and business advice firm has welcomed its newest cohort of trainees.

Nine years, eleven concerts, and a million wishes but finally the wait was over for one Olly Murs superfan after the singer made an appearance in her home town.

A popular teddy bear zipwire event at Dereham Windmill is set to return this weekend.

Five hundred people took to the streets to take part in the eighth Dereham 5k race.

Voice judge Olly Murs was in Dereham yesterday as his football team Coggeshall Town FC played Dereham Town FC.

Tributes have been paid to a former tour manager who lived in Dereham and worked with some of the most famous popstars and sportsmen in the world following his death at the age of 77.

Having worked in local media for almost two decades now (I know, looking at me you’d swear I was much older), I spend a lot of time thinking about our role in the community and how that impacts our coverage.

For the past 17 years, a Norfolk music academy has taught more than 1,500 students how to drum, tickle the ivories, and strum the guitar.

A Norfolk-based flower and seed breeder is set to bolster its presence in Asian and US markets after a takeover by the Dutch company Syngenta.

A former roads policing officer has taken the wheel at a Dereham-based traffic safety firm – part of a management change which will also give ownership of the company to its 25 employees.

When Rob Scott started his cabin business he did not plan to have one display site – let alone three.

You’re set to open your garden for charity and then find a key road will be closed. Aaarrgghh! But all is not lost

A budding Grand Prix star from Dereham has secured a substantial sponsorship deal to help him realise his racing dream.

A new Co-op food store and a care village could be built on the old station yard site in Reepham.

It was the first large military road run in the county and featured vintage vehicles from across Norfolk and north Suffolk.

It’s shaping up to be another great day at the sixth annual Dereham Blues Festival.

New sign technology, being trialled in Norfolk, to shame drivers using hand-held phones cheered up motoring editor Andy Russell after he diced with a mobile phone menance on a busy dual-carriageway.

A Great Yarmouth mechanic has reached the milestone of 40 years service with the same Norfolk dealership.

Burglars took a car from outside a property in Dereham after stealing the keys from inside the house.

Military enthusiasts will be heading to Dereham to catch a glimpse of a ‘road run’ tour of mid-Norfolk.

A garden party held in Dereham raised a record amount for the Guide Dogs.

The family of a man who died following a road crash has finally found “closure” after his death.

Here are some important housekeeping notes for all showgoers to make your experience even better….

It opened under a blaze of publicity, but a branch of the family electricals firm Adcocks is closing in Dereham.

The funeral of former Norfolk County Council leader Cliff Jordan will take place in Dereham next month.

Tributes have been paid after Cliff Jordan, former leader of Norfolk County Council, died just weeks after he stood down following a lung cancer diagnosis.

Football fans can watch the World Cup sitting at a huge grandstand in front of a big screen in the front garden of a Dereham pub.

Conmen targeted a woman in her 70s in Dereham and police are warning residents to be vigilant to cold callers claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Dereham’s newest youth football club received a special visit from the mayor and some councillors.

A memorial service is being held to commemorate the lives of seven soldiers based at Swanton Morley who were killed in Afghanistan.

The mayor of a mid-Norfolk market town has described the closure of its WHSmith Local as a “great loss”.

A visually impaired man from Dereham has spoken out about the horror of his guide dog being attacked by another dog.

Stories about the demise of the high street are hardly new.

Four Norfolk schools will become academies with existing trusts, meeting minutes have revealed.

Fifty stalls, eight top chefs, two great parties - Reepham is nearly ready.

A purse was stolen in Dereham over the Bank Holiday weekend.

A 19th-century landmark is due to reopen its doors following recent renovations.

Revellers at the expanded third annual Dereham beer and music festival have included families for the first time, alongside traditional drinkers.

Parents at Cawston Primary Academy have been sent a message warning them that a man in a van has been approaching children and offering them a ride.

A group of Brownies have been celebrating 100 years of women having the vote by completing a special challenge.

Commuters faced delays on the A47 this morning after two vehicles were involved in a crash.

Police are appealing for help from the public to trace a Norwich man who is wanted.

Police are warning people across Norfolk to be on guard after reports of generators, chainsaws and pressure washers being sold from vans.

An East Anglian accountancy firm has continued its expansion across the region after buying a West Norfolk practice.

A delay to long-running roadworks on a busy city road will cause seven more weeks of “hell” for businesses, residents and commuters, it has been claimed.

An international certification has been given to a Dereham-based charity for the fifth consecutive year.

It was another lovely 1940s event at Whitwell and Reepham Railway.

He has dedicated 70 years of his life to ringing bells across hundreds of Britain’s churches.

Two shoppers came to the aid of a man suffering convulsions at the Tesco store in Dereham.

It was the best Messy Church yet.

Schoolchildren have been learning that you can eat smoked salmon raw, and other valuable information, as part of a day of food science.

A man in his 30s was taken to hospital by air ambulance after falling and banging his head at the Tesco store in Dereham.

About 100 Christians from Dereham churches took part in the Good Friday march of witness in the town centre.

Baby, the European eagle owl, has been found safe and well, much to the joy of a Norfolk family.

Pupils and staff at Dereham Junior Academy took part in a daily challenge involving skipping, hoopla, football and dancing for Sport Relief week.

Children learned about the importance of brushing their teeth during British Science Week at the Toftwood Infant and Junior School Federation.

Dressing up for Easter in bonnets has been a centuries-old pastime and women at a centre in Dereham are keeping up the tradition.

A crew from Dereham put out a car fire on the town’s Aldi car park.

Round tablers are busy preparing for Dereham’s third annual beer and music festival, which they aim to make a permanent fixture in the calendar.

In our latest article looking at how a fully dualled A47 would benefit our communities, mid-Norfolk’s MP George Freeman praised the Just Dual It! campaign and highlighted the need for dualling near one of Norfolk’s biggest market towns.

Norwich Credit Union is to move to a new office in the city after a surge in membership and loans in the past full year.

About 200 people took a trip down memory lane at a north Norfolk railway society’s steam engine running and beer festival.

Italian restaurant chain Prezzo could be the latest business to close sites after reports emerged of a restructuring plan.

An actress who entertained audiences across Norfolk with her singing and character roles had one final standing ovation - at her funeral.

A group of Dereham youngsters were wrongly accused of desecrating a graveyard and making Nazi salutes as they held a funeral for their much-loved... skateboard.

The rebuild of a cat adoption centre in Dereham has been launched.

Eight members of a north Norfolk-based amateur radio group have been teaching girl guides how to contact colleagues around the world as part of Thinking on The Air Day.

The reaction to Norfolk Day was as enthusiastic as it was overwhelming as individuals, businesses, TV personalities and politicians from around the county showed their support for the July 27 initiative.

An independent brewery in north Norfolk has created a new ale to raise money for the Nelson’s Journey bereavement charity.

School children, councillors and onlookers headed to the centre of Dereham to mark a century since the act that paved the way to universal suffrage.

The mayor of Dereham is going to experience what life is like for people who are blind by trying to navigate the streets blindfolded.

Drivers are being told to allow extra time with overnight snow showers affecting roads across the region.

Inquests have been opened into the deaths of three elderly men in Norfolk.

It has been running for less than a year, and is already the biggest social enterprise of its kind in the UK.

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has called for greater protection for rural communities against “aggressive” developers.

Concern that the dualling of the Acle Straight could still be years away has prompted county councillors to send a strong message to the government that the work is crucial to Norfolk.

Independent retailers will be given an online shop window as part of plans to create a ‘digital high street’ in some of Norfolk’s market towns.

All eyes in Dereham were on one youngster for the Chelsea versus Norwich City FA Cup game last night.

Tenpin bowling can be a tricky, and frustrating, sport for many of us.

A music academy in Dereham is inviting potential students to an Open Day to learn more about the services it offers.

An art gallery that opened last year has already expanded and now has a permanent artist in residence.

It is one of the joys of parenting - the loving gesture of reading a bedtime story to your child.

A tied vote among Breckland councillors forced planning committee chairman Nigel Wilkin to use his casting vote to refuse an application for 291 homes in Dereham yesterday.

A single carriageway road bridge over a heritage railway line proved to be a bridge too far for an application for 291 houses in Dereham which was refused by planners.

A district councillor has questioned how many people have to die before changes to speed limits will be implemented in Dereham.

An East Anglian travel agent has had a flying start to the year after seeing a surge in holiday sales.

A school in Dereham has hosted the Mid-Norfolk cross country trials, bringing together runners from across the region.

The newest religious community in the country has just received the keys to its very first convent – a converted barn complex near Dereham.

An icon of the British music scene has been announced as the headline act for this year’s Dereham Blues Festival.

Drivers navigating a busy market town are more likely to risk using dangerous A47 junctions than battle with town centre congestion, it has been revealed.

An exciting programme of events is planned for Dereham’s Memorial Hall in 2018.

Residents in two rural villages cut off by flood waters after the week’s heavy rainfall are urging the highways authority to find a permanent solution to a persistent flooding hot spot.

An inspirational father-of-six from Dereham has joined an exclusive club of marathon runners having completed his 100th in 100 weeks.

Dereham Salvation Army had a packed programme of activites and commitments over Christmas from the band playing at carol concerts to packing boxes for its Toys and Tins Appeal.

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