When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out contagion, the witching time of night is when the spectral woman appears, clad in red and seemingly tethered to the remains of a cross-stone which once towered over this lonely patch of Norfolk.

There aren’t too many nine-year-olds who can say they are one of the country’s leading competitors in their sport. But for talented gymnast Aaliyah Manning, it seems the sky is the limit.

Read this - to help you through tantrums, tiredness, trolling, the toddler years, the teen years and all parenting points in between.

In her latest column on parenting issues VICKI COCKERILL, from Dereham, explains why she set up a social club to get parents supporting each other...

He set out from rural Norfolk with the aim of raising £60,000 to support unpaid carers.

Avid readers will remember last week’s story of the ghost who made a guest appearance on Anglia Television and a promise to tell the tale of the Mad Monk of Morley Hall in more detail and his link to Binham Priory.

Schools and community groups gathered to see the launch of the new GoGoCreate learning project.

People are being invited to tuck into a haunted pub dinner hosted by Norwich’s resident ghost storyteller next week.

It was set to be a televised example of how a ghost hunter worked and proved to be so effective that a ghost actually appeared to make a guest appearance.

Moritz Leitner’s initially encouraging loan spell at Norwich City was disrupted by a month-long injury. David Freezer assesses the German midfielder’s impact in the latest of our summer report cards.

Thousands of shops could close as the retail sector lurches deeper into “crisis”, claims a new report which offers suggestions for how the high street should evolve.

A field close to Weybourne Hope – which has always been considered to be England’s Achilles’ Heel in terms of enemy invaders – hid a dark secret until it crumbled into the sea.

From the grand opening spectacle to all the fun of the Adnams Spiegeltent - artist Owen Mathers has been capturing highlights of this year’s Norfolk & Norwich Festival with his pen and paint.

If you love macarons and ice cream you won’t want to miss out on a new sweet treat launching in Norwich this week.

Standing as a signpost to a village that longer bustles, in a rhododendron clearing in the woods, Mark Goldsworthy’s timber carving shows the curious tale of the brave Bishop Beaver of Babingley.

Musical maestro Duncan Walsh Atkins and Comedian Tim FitzHigham provide a charming homage to two of the greats in musical comedy.

A family hoping for a holiday packed with sun, sea and sandcastles in Great Yarmouth were surprised to find a guest had already taken up residence in the caravan they had been renting for four days – an invisible entity which made it perfectly clear it wanted them to leave.

Maternal Mental Health Week inspired Wymondham mum-of-two and blogger Sally White to share some tips

Norwich City star James Maddison has vowed to return ‘better than ever’ after being told his knee ligament injury will prevent him from training for around eight weeks.

Instagram-loving MP Liz Truss has defended her use of social media and revealed it was her much-ridiculed cheese speech that prompted her take the plunge online.

Well done Cannes Film Festival for striking a blow against the selfish selfie addiction, says Rachel Moore.

The ice cream burrito is the latest in a series of food fads to hit the city.

Moritz Leitner has said it was an ‘absolute pleasure’ to be involved at Norwich City, as he sent supporters a farewell message.

1954 was the year that a series of Unidentified Flying Objects were seen in the skies above Norfolk, just a year after the term ‘UFO’ had been coined by the United States Air Force.

A picture perfect Instagram food trend has launched in Norwich.

The Love Island host and Celebrity Big Brother star are engaged after just three months of dating.

Thousands of us pass over it every day without a passing thought for the role it played in Norwich’s dark past.

WOW Norwich is set to celebrate women from all walks of life this weekend with a two-day festival packed full of debate, discussion and performance. Arts correspondent Emma Knights meets four of the speakers who will be making their voices heard.

He’s mates with Stormzy, had superstar Drake quote his catchphrases, and is getting his own Channel 4 show, now online sketch comedy sensation Mo Gilligan is heading to Norwich for two shows.

A teaching assistant from Norwich has found social media success after sharing his slimming journey with the people of Instagram.

The latest member of the Cambridge family could provide a baby bump for the Norfolk and Suffolk economy thanks to celebratory spending.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted to the hospital after going into labour with her third child.

The road name tells a story – one of a terrible crime from years past, a woman’s death immortalised forever in two words: “Cutthroat Lane”.

Norfolk MP Liz Truss has flouted parliamentary rules by snapping selfies on the parliamentary estate.

Lovers of YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram in Kirby Row will have much to celebrate following the announcement they can now enjoy faster data speeds in their area.

It’s been an absolutely glorious day in Norfolk.

This year’s Larking Gowen tourism and leisure business survey, the largest independent survey of its kind in the region, threw up some interesting facts.

Some young people have little or no voice at all. They don’t get to express their thoughts and feelings on how the world around them is shaped due to others choices.

Remi Matthews has returned to Plymouth after a week in Norfolk with his family.

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has announced it is closing down all of its social media accounts for its 900 pubs and head office due to concerns about online trolling and the misuse of personal data.

The ruins are spectacular and hint at a majesty long since claimed by time – but the broken walls of Bromholm Priory hide an even bigger secret: they once housed a holy relic said to be so powerful it could raise the dead.

A Sprowston youngster battling bone cancer had a dream fulfilled last week when she was made a mascot at Norwich City Football Club.

Remi Matthews has been training with parent club Norwich City this week and may miss Plymouth’s game on Saturday due to his new-born daughter undergoing tests in hospital.

If you’ve ever scrolled through Instagram, you’ve probably seen pictures of bubble waffles, or egg waffles as they are also known.

At first sight, Lindsey Beard might look like the kind of fitness devotee who has been into sport and working out for almost as long as she’s been walking and talking.

No one knows why Old Hunch has returned from the grave to haunt the streets of Long Stratton but his effigy in the parish is a constant reminder of a soul that is yet to find peace.

With the Beast from the East battering the region and rain and flooding following soon after, it hasn’t exactly felt much like spring in Norfolk.

The ghost of a well-known impresario and a host of hauntings mean that Cromer Pier is a magnet for paranormal investigators - those spirits do love to be beside the seaside.

The South West Norfolk MP and chief secretary to the Treasury has been busy growing her following on various social media channels, becoming a regular and popular poster.

A Norwich publican was ‘overwhelmed’ by the response to her appeal for unused fishing equipment.

Not only can visitors look into the face of the devil at a Norfolk church, they can also see the ancient barrow where he buried the gates to hell after digging the nearby dyke that bears his name.

Hawaiian food hits Norwich

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A couple from Norwich are hoping to bring a ‘totally tropical’ vibe to the city with their new superfood bar.

Forget the sidewalks of Manhattan, former Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall seems to have found a much more scenic spot for a stroll - the north Norfolk coast!

In the heart of the Fens is a lonely church which, legend has it, makes its own entertainment thanks to a haunted Victorian pipe organ.

Nemo the Norfolk police dog has been receiving lots of get well wishes as he recovers from hurting his paw.

In honour of International Women’s Day 2018 we have rounded up seven local women to follow on social media.

Norwich City fans have taken to Ed Sheeran’s instagram to share their thoughts on his latest snap.

Organisers of a popular city science festival have announced that it will return for October half-term this year.

It had hung above the bar of a Norfolk pub for 60 years but reports of illness, discord and misfortune surrounded the goat’s head of Strumpshaw.

Norwich City defender Marco Stiepermann has revealed he had a hernia operation earlier this week.

It was a time when the gruesome exploits of a band of ruthless men cast a shadow on the world of science as they stole corpses from graveyards - but in Norfolk, it was the surgeon son of a Yarmouth vicar who actually commissioned the deed.

A burger restaurant in Norwich which opened less than three months ago is to close later this month.

A teenager has raised more than £700 for Cancer Research UK by having her head shaved.

Three Norfolk holiday properties have played a starring role in a major TV campaign launched by an online booking agency.

Does the spirit of a murdered woman still roam the rooms of a shop on Magdalen Street, or has she finally found the peace she was denied in life?

#let me in at your window

Monday, February 12, 2018

A re-working of classic novels to introduce social media has Lynne Mortimer all a-twitter

Menaced at sunset by a hooded spectre that leapt from behind a stone left behind by a river of ice, a Norfolk farmer decided to lay the ghost to rest by guarding it from his grave for eternity.

In her latest column Dereham resident VICKI COCKERILL reports on an organisation which helps parents get out and enjoy a social life...

A former Norwich City striker has been brushing shoulders with a major Hollywood star as he films an upcoming documentary.

Norfolk restaurateur Richard Hughes mourns the passing of French cuisine’s greatest name.

The Norwich City faithful - and even Ipswich Town fans - have showed their support for the Canaries’ mascot Ethan Thomas, whose mother died from cancer.

Support has flooded in for the leader of a Norwich church, after her father was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in the United States.

Norwich City fans have been urged to give an extra loud cheer for the mascot at Carrow Road today.

It escaped complete destruction in a 1915 bombing raid, was struck by lightning on Midsummer’s Night in 1950 and boasts a ghost in the basement - Dereham’s Corn Exchange hides a dark secret: a black-clad spirit who roams underground.

The beautiful beaches, historic buildings and great arts and entertainment are just some of the reasons why West Norfolk is so beloved.

Creepy Neighbour are coming to Norwich next week to support Birds of Hell at Norwich Arts Centre on February 10 along with Ellie Bleach, Gladboy and Happy Coloured Marbles.

It’s been a firm favourite on Suffolk’s events calendar for more than 40 years.

Technology and nature can work hand-in-hand, says Carrie Carey of the RSPB.

WWE star Paige said she was “sad” to miss out on the first ever women’s Royal Rumble due to injury.

Opinion: I couldn’t give a fygge about hygge

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Scandinavians have hijacked having a nice time by calling it hygge or lagom and suggesting they were the first to realise that open fires and hot chocolate are smashing. It’s time to fight back with some lethargic help from the Netherlands.

When the giant from the marshes met the ogre from the Fens, the ensuing battle was brutal and bloody and led to the creation of a legend passed down by families for hundreds of years.

We had a chat with Don Broco frontman Rob Damiani about the new album, the upcoming tour and more ahead of their headline show at The Nick Rayns LCR in Norwich.

Black Mirror is a razor-sharp examination of modern society which may well make you wish you could live without your technology and social media accounts (for an hour or two, at least). We discover the reasons why we should be watching.

An unholy row broke out after the lord of a Norfolk manor removed coffins from beneath the local church to create room for his own family - it’s never wise to disturb the dead...

They say still waters run deep, and the Lily Pit at Gorleston is no exception. Rumours abound that the pit was once haunted - but which of the three stories attached to it rings the truest?

Norwich WWE wrestler Paige will never perform in the ring again due to her latest injury, according to reports.

Gallery: A look at Ruddy Muddy’s top 10 artworks

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Norfolk van artist Ruddy Muddy is well known across the county and even beyond. Here’s a look at his top 10 pieces.

A man has been inspired to create a website to help people struggling with mental health after volunteering with vulnerable people.

Al Stewart claimed The Year of the Cat was in 1976 when he released an album of the same – but in Norfolk, the year of the cat was most definitely 2011.

Was Brockdish Hall the backdrop for a tragic tale which saw a Christmas bride entombed in a chest for 50 long and lonely years?

A haunted wood, a strange stone that bleeds and a host of legends that link it to a martyred Saint, a ruined nunnery and ritual sacrifices.

Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran is storming the charts on both sides of the Atlantic – thanks to his collaboration with US star Beyoncé.

Norfolk-raised TV presenter Simon Thomas has thanked people for their “incredible outpouring of love and support” since his wife Gemma died just three days after falling ill with leukaemia.

Brograve Mill stands as a lonely sentinel on land once owned by a man said to have made a bargain with the Devil which he had no intention of honouring.

One week on from the sudden and tragic death of his wife Gemma, grief-stricken Simon Thomas has shared a drawing of her by their eight year old son Ethan.

It was an underground experiment which set out to find scientific evidence of the afterlife – and there were some startling discoveries

Sally White and family enjoy a wonderful wintry journey from Holt to Sheringham on the North Norfolk Railway

Social media is often blamed for affecting the body images of young people - especially women - but the University of East Anglia’s Dr Harry Dyer says society has long placed expectations on the female body.

A student at East Norfolk Sixth Form College in Gorleston has started up her own pet accessory business.

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