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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.

Toys and presents collected by the Aylsham and Sheringham branches of Hays Travel for their fifth annual Santa’s Sleigh Appeal have been handed over to the regional children’s charity Break.

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North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb told a classroom of children at Erpingham Primary School that his job was “never boring”.

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A community shop that was saved from closure earlier this year has made it through to the finals of the Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the Rural Oscars.

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Members of a Cromer disability support charity can look forward to a special Christmas party, thanks to a £200 donation from a local bank.

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National Lottery players can get in free to see the gardens at Blickling Hall on Wednesday, December 13, as the National Trust says thank you to people who have raised money for its conservation work by buying a lottery ticket.

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The number of people seeking help at the Cromer and district foodbank rose by 15pc this year.

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Christmas starts early in Lammas with villagers holding their annual festive fayre this weekend.

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Is your name Gidney and has your family lived in Aylsham since the 18th century?

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Aylsham grandfather-of-seven Robin Rush received his MBE from The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William at Buckingham Palace.

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Visitors can choose from a range of Christmas present ideas at the Norfolk Christmas Fair at the Great Barn at Oxnead Hall, near Aylsham.

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A housebuilder made a Second World War pillbox the centrepiece of a memorial garden at its new development in Aylsham.

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Firefighters cut two people free from cars after a two-vehicle road crash in Salle in north Norfolk on Sunday.

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Cheques totalling more than £5,000 were handed over to worthy causes after a very successful Skeyton michaelmas trosh.

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An animal charity has been praised for its campaign urging people to speak out about a highly contagious horse disease.

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A man has been arrested after tyres were slashed on at least 15 cars overnight in Cawston, near Aylsham.

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A family has spoken of being left “devastated” after their 175-year-old barn was gutted in a fire.

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We take a look at the finalists in the Skills of Tomorrow category of the EDP Business Awards 2017.

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Reepham and its surrounding villages have a new police beat manager.

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Ninety children from a north Norfolk school visited the Green Britain Centre in Swaffham, as part of their eco week.

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Five hundred years ago Martin Luther wrote his 95 theses in Wittenberg, Germany.

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Rescued pony Oakley was so weak he collapsed upon arrival at Redwings Horse Sanctuary.

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It’s not your run-of-the-mill nursery - toys are made by the children themselves and the outdoors, rustic smell is strangely enticing.

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Take a trip down memory lane with our fabulous photographic celebration of East Anglian life through the decades. Today we focus on Aylsham, a historic market town situated on the River Bure.

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North Norfolk will mark the launch of nationwide celebrations on the bicentenary of the death of Humphry Repton, who succeeded Capability Brown as Britain’s greatest landscape gardener.

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People in Buxton, near Aylsham, woke up to find their village had been festooned with knitted and crocheted bunting and other decorations.

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Thoughts are now turning to next year’s event after another successful Aylsham Food Festival, which offered a smorgasbord of attractions for Norfolk foodies.

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It was a day of celebration after an outcome that many people thought was impossible.

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A total of 340 runners competed in Broadland District Council’s ninth annual Marriott’s Way 10K race on Sunday, October 8.

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When a headteacher at a rural north Norfolk school took the brave decision to ban mobile phones in the classroom he never expected a French TV crew to be interviewing pupils soon afterwards.

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Anthony Baker didn’t choose the director’s life – the director’s life chose him.

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Construction and waste services group Kier has announced a 5% rise in turnover with a strong performance in its East Anglian division.

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A mother-of-three has set up business as a positive living and empowerment coach after turning her life around.

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Bill Pask, who has died aged 93, will be remembered in north Norfolk for running the Oulton Street Post Office stores, near Aylsham, for 30 years with his wife Bess.

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A man remains in a critical condition in hospital after a car hit a tree in Aylsham over the weekend.

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North Norfolk’s very own Trump will be looking to bow-wow guests at a charity fundraiser in aid of Hospice Ethiopia UK.

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Road safety and speeding will be top of the agenda at a special police accountability forum meeting in Broadland on Tuesday, September 12.

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A popular annual celebration of bygone farming techniques and machinery is returning to north Norfolk.

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A motorcyclist was involved in an accident in Aylsham on Saturday afternoon.

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Campaigners are celebrating after Itteringham’s 380-year-old shop was bought by the district council and saved from imminent closure.

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A 380-year-old shop that become one of the first in the UK to be run by the local community will tomorrow find out if it will be saved.

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A man remains in a critical condition after a serious crash on the A140 at Aylsham.

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East Anglia’s largest one-day agricultural show has become the latest big event to be informed that the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will not be attending as planned.

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A north Norfolk community gave charity donations totalling almost £13,000 towards a woman’s triathlon challenge

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A former ironmongers in Aylsham is for sale at auction, with a guide price of £450,000 to £500,000.

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Police can confirm a 60-year-old man from Cawston wanted in connection with a series of thefts and making off without payments in the Norwich area has been traced.

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Fears have been raised that the Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast will not grace the Aylsham Show this year - following engine-related safety fears over the historic aircraft.

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Records were broken for the number of entries and visitors at a summer show in north Norfolk.

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It was sold out for the sixth consecutive year, and everyone went home happy again from the Reepham Summer Music Festival.

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They came carrying their deckchairs and rucksacks as if to a social event rather than a live concert.

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One of the darkest pages from Great Yarmouth’s past serves as the springboard for a new novel.

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Tickets are still available for the Great British Proms at Blickling Hall on Saturday night - but Classic Ibiza on Friday is sold out.

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A club that preserves vintage and classic agricultural machinery is holding its summer show this weekend.

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One of the darkest pages from Great Yarmouth’s past serves as the springboard for a new novel.

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East Anglia’s largest one-day agricultural show returns to the National Trust’s Blickling Park on Bank Holiday Monday.

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Police are appealing for information following the theft of a John Deere Satellite Dome and display screen from Saxthorpe, near Aylsham.

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Church members and relatives gathered in north Norfolk on the centenary of the First World War battle of Passchendaele to remember a man who died on the first day of the conflict during the attack on St Julien.

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They’re given a bare plot and less than a week to showcase their skills come rain or shine.

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A man was taken to hospital after two cars crashed outside a village pub.

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With the summer holidays upon us, many tend to travel further afield for a break.

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Redwings Horse Sanctuary hopes to banish holiday boredom with the return of its annual summer club offering children free and fun activities over the school break.

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People in a north Norfolk village rallied round to buy a defibrillator, as part of “a real community effort”.

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Fifty Year 8 students at Aylsham High School learned how to develop and market new products at an annual enterprise day.

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It was an important battle during the Persian War, in which the Greek allies defeated the Persian navy.

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A lorry driver was acting on “pure instinct” when he saved a motorist’s life and almost certainly prevented a multiple pile-up.

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The 70th anniversary of the closure of RAF Swannington was marked with a ‘40s-themed event at a Norfolk church, which had people dancing in the aisles and singing along to wartime classics.

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Passers-by have already commented on how wonderful a new border is looking at a formerly grey car park in Aylsham.

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A long-running dispute over the use of land next to Aylsham Water Mill could soon be over after a compromise was agreed.

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High-street bank Santander has announced it’s closing its branch in Church Street, Cromer in September.

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It has been called the finest historic church in Norfolk, and one of the best in Britain.

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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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