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Population: 5,504

Nearby Towns: Cromer, North Walsham, Sheringham

Aylsham sits by the River Bure and was once a busy port handling boats carrying grain, coal and timber.

The town was founded around 500AD by an Anglo Saxon called Aegel. The cloth industry was important in its medieval history and Henry VIII granted a Saturday market.

Markets and a busy auction room remain important today, along with tourism – with visitors drawn by the Bure Valley narrow gauge railway and the nearby National Trust stately home of Blickling Hall. The Trust also owns the predominantly Georgian Market Place.

Since 2002 Aylsham has had Cittaslow status, making it part of an elite international group of communities embracing a slower life style, strong community values and where locally-produced food is championed.

A cheque donation of £1350 will go towards essential veterinary treatment, rehabilitation and care at Redwings horse sanctuary.

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A scout group is celebrating after the future of community groups in Aylsham was secured with the purchase of a popular meeting place.

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Broadland Chess Club travelled to Suffolk to play Ipswich in the final of the Norfolk and Suffolk Cup - and brought the trophy back to the county once again.

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The future of community groups in Aylsham has been secured after the town council completed the sale of their closure-threatened meeting place.

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A new all-weather, multi-use trail has opened to allow more people to explore the Blickling Estate whatever the season.

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The Hairy Bikers TV presenters are supporting a campaign to safeguard the future of a popular village shop in north Norfolk.

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Organisers of a race run to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) had to call it out after a runner collapsed.

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It was a case of on your marks, get set go, as a former RAF site was transformed into a children’s racetrack for the day.

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When you fancy something sweet, elegant and indulgent, what could be better than afternoon tea at one of the many great tearooms and hotels in East Anglia. But where to go for the ultimate decadent treat? From country houses to chilled-out coffee shops, we list some of the best places across the region to enjoy this delightful repast.

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The National Trust is under fire for its proposals to build a campsite on former farmland at the Blickling Estate, near Aylsham.

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A total of 165 walkers picked up the pace in north Norfolk to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson’s.

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The great British Prom is returning to Blickling Hall and, as well as showcasing the National Symphony Orchestra, Brit award-winning Only Men Aloud and soprano Annette Wardell, one act will be coming from much closer to home.

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While politicians put the finishing touches to their general election manifestos, we asked a cross-section of the farming industry what campaign pledges would win their vote on June 8.

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Householders in north Norfolk are being urged to be vigilant after a number of thefts.

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It’s time to get your entries in for this year’s Norfolk Hero Food & Drink Awards at the Aylsham Show on August bank holiday Monday.

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Royalty led the charge as hundreds of runners, walkers and families attended an annual event in north Norfolk.

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A Swaffham woman diagnosed with Parkinson’s at 43 is taking part in a 5.5mile charity walk to prove she can still live a full life.

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The traditional art of thatching is alive and well in north Norfolk.

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A man found by police on a church roof in Coltishall has been arrested on suspicion of theft offences.

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A man found by police on a church roof in Coltishall has been arrested on suspicion of theft offences.

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It delivered the first community-led integrated health and social care scheme of its kind in the UK.

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Prince & Princess Michael of Kent will open an annual sponsored family fun-run and picnic in north Norfolk on Bank Holiday Monday.

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A campaign to save one of the oldest shops in Norfolk from closure has been thrown a lifeline.

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A documentary video about the ground-breaking Aylsham Care Trust charity has been unveiled to mark its 31st anniversary and the impact it’s had.

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Until last year a spectacular bluebell wood had lain hidden from public gaze for centuries.

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A family’s fundraising campaign to push for the meningitis B vaccine to be made available free on the NHS to all children, not just babies, has raised about £100,000 in total, after its latest events.

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History buffs can learn more about an archaeological dig at Erpingham, near Aylsham, at an open day at the village hall.

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Tributes have been paid to a woman who worked for 35 years in the schools system in Aylsham, despite losing her hearing at the age of seven.

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Fears have been voiced that some of Aylsham’s most vulnerable residents could miss out on vital medication or information after their pharmacy’s phone line was cut off.

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A large part of the collection of one of the 20th century’s greatest composers is set to go under the hammer in a “sale of world importance”.

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A north Norfolk school has been praised by a government minister of state for its high standards in reading.

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A resident in Reepham was puzzled when she spotted a white transit van parked on the driveway on Thursday.

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The prayers of villagers living in a Norfolk wi-fi dead-spot have been answered. Faster broadband is on the way thanks to the local church.

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Generous shoppers have donated hundreds of pounds in just one month to a long-running Norfolk charity which supports blind and visually-impaired people.

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A summer fair is being held at Wolterton Park in north Norfolk to support the work of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

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More oak trees are being planted at Erpingham church, near Aylsham, to commemorate the battle of Agincourt.

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Two regional community projects have been selected to receive £1000 each, as part of the Persimmon Homes Anglia Community Champions scheme.

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Taxpayers in Breckland still receive the cheapest rate of council tax in the county, according to district councillors - despite them voting for a 6.6 per cent increase.

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Patients and staff are being taught how to quit smoking at a residential hospital for people with learning disabilities.

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A woman in her 20s had to be cut free from the wreckage by firefighters.

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The Earle Arms on The Green, Heydon, near Aylsham, has been shortlisted for country pub of the year in the BBC Countryfile magazine awards.

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A mental health patient was kept in a police cell for three days in King’s Lynn because no bed could be found for him.

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A campaign has been launched to save a community-run shop that has been a fixture in a Norfolk village since the 17th century.

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Theresa May failed to quell business uncertainty over Brexit as she delivered a warning to her European counterparts that she would be willing to walk away with no Brexit deal.

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For more than 100 years it served as an important transport link between Norwich and the Midlands.

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A man who died while driving on the A140 in Hevingham has been named as 43-year-old Christian Nash.

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The battle-lines for the North Norfolk constituency look set to be re-drawn for the next general election.

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East Anglia’s harvest is set to ramp up a gear in the coming days as farmers take advantage of the hot, dry weather to gather their cereal crops – with hopes that less favourable conditions elsewhere could boost their prices.

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