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Population: 15,659

Nearby Towns: Swaffham, Watton, Wymondham

A Dereham couple have made it onto the Independent’s ninth annual Happy List, which celebrates 50 inspirational men, women and children whose extraordinary, selfless acts have made our country a better place.

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A village school has literally drafted in the troops to give their grounds a much-needed lift.

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A Beetley schoolgirl will be following in the footsteps of international stars Lily James and Daisy Ridley when she performs in a dance show in London, as part of a prestigious performing arts school.

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A selection of Lacons’ ales will be featured at a popular Norfolk pub’s first beer festival and garden party under new management.

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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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About 200 people attended a summer party held to raise awareness of an association that helps parishes develop play areas.

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A fashion show at Dereham’s Neatherd High School included contributions from local stores as well as students’ own creations.

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Breckland Council has invited George Freeman to discuss its partnership with Capita, which runs its building control process, in more detail after the Mid Norfolk MP added his “deep concerns” about the authority’s handling of recent planning applications.

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Breckland Council has won a prestigious national prize, which recognises excellence in local authorities that use collaboration and commercialism to create income from their property assets.

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Families and staff from a disability education and day service will lead a free charity walk on Friday, June 30 to help raise awareness of people with disabilities in the community.

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Breckland Council chairman Kate Millbank commended those who face danger to keep us safe as the Armed Forces flag was raised at the council offices in Dereham.

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Police were called to the Tesco car park in Dereham yesterday after a concerned shopper spotted a dog had been left in a motorhome.

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The community rallied round to support a village fete on one of the hottest days of the year.

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The Mayor of Dereham has pledged to provide support for the town’s two twinning groups during her year in office.

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Dereham’s youth theatre group DOSYTCo is rehearsing hard to put on a great summer concert celebrating 60 years of pop, rock and musical theatre.

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A fruit and vegetable trader has thanked the community for its support after finally being granted permission to sell produce to the public from the company’s wholesale warehouse.

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Flying Kiwi chef Chris Coubrough visited Stibbard All Saints Primary School to officially open its new kitchen.

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The Friends of Dereham Memorial Hall (FDMH) has embarked on its most ambitious and far-reaching project since it was formed four years ago.

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In medieval times churches were filled with colourful paintings and a group of quilters is proud to have brought some brightness back to one particular place of worship.

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First there was Chalky the all-white blackbird - and now another rare bird has been spotted in Norfolk - Alby the albino sparrow.

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A farmer has thanked “the spirit of Norfolk” for the swift return of his calf which went missing over the weekend.

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A fruit and vegetable trader will be able to sell produce to the public from the company’s wholesale warehouse after planners granted permission.

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It has been her dream for years to study at one of the top musical theatre colleges in the country.

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are 10 things to keep you entertained in mid and north Norfolk.

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A young enterprising media student has seen an ambitious pitch for work experience pay off with the chance to film and photograph his home town’s biggest music event of the year.

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New life is being breathed into the former Job Centre on Dereham’s High Street as new head office for a healthcare provider, potentially bringing jobs to the town.

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They may be too young to vote in the General Election but pupils at Dereham’s Neatherd High School will still have their say on who they would like to run the country.

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A market trader could soon be granted permission to sell fresh fruit and vegetables to the public from his Dereham warehouse after proving a town centre shop would not be viable.

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A reunion of punters of the Railway Tavern in Dereham from the 1980s was a great success with well over 100 people attending.

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It boasts the accolade of being Norfolk’s top performing art department three years running and now visitors to Dereham Sixth Form College will be able to see the reason why.

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Dancers from a Dereham high school have made it through to two national finals after impressing in two high level competitions.

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Drive around Norwich and you will see signs of varying colours in gardens and windows.

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Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday - Pedal Norfolk at Holkham Hall. A range of cycle races and routes both on the estate and along north Norfolk’s scenic country and coastal roads. For information about the races visit www.britishcycling.org.uk. Tickets for Pedal Norfolk can be booked online at www.pedalnorfolk.co.uk. Day admission to Holkham park for visitors to enjoy the festival will be £5 per adult and children 16 years and under will be free.

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Computer whizz kid George LeBon is exhibiting a new game at this year’s Norwich Gaming Festival.

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It was a feast for the eyes as dozens of aircraft took to the skies to celebrate the 90th anniversary of a flying club.

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As a thank you to Great Ormond Street Hospital for saving his baby daughter’s life Lee Rudd vowed to raise £5,000.

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It’s a massive achievement in every sense of the word.

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Frustrated childminders and nursery schools in Norfolk and Suffolk have urged the government to rethink its “damaging” policy to double free childcare hours before many are forced to close.

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A group of Norfolk Conservatives have flooded into north Norfolk, leaving behind their own constituency in a bid to help their parliamentary candidate James Wild unseat Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb.

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It’s so pretty it looks good enough to eat.

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The Queen of the Desert will be coming to the heart of Norfolk this year thanks to Dereham Theatre Company.

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George Freeman, who was elected Mid Norfolk MP in 2010, has been unanimously readopted as the Mid Norfolk Conservative candidate for this general election.

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Organisers of this year’s Dereham Blues Festival have announced the full line-up for the four-day summer music event.

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A care home has improved since its last inspection nearly a year ago and was rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission .

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Charity hero set for palace date

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A charity champion who has raised over £100,000 for the Norfolk Heart Trust has been invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

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Two mid Norfolk community car schemes are in urgent need of more volunteer drivers to help maintain their good work.

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They came in all shapes and sizes and from pedigree to crossbreed to vie for coveted rosettes at the second Dereham Carnival Dog Show.

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A heroic pensioner has described how he was dragged along a street as he fought to stop an out-of-control lorry.

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Three generations of the same family were among the runners who successfully completed the London Marathon on Sunday.

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Parts of Norfolk woke up to snow showers today as temperatures plummeted.

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When you think of a Carnival most people will think of the parade and Dereham’s Carnival team want their parade this year to be bigger, louder and better than ever.

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A St George’s Day event at the Railway Tavern in Dereham on Sunday will feature local band Polaris.

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The final phase of improvement work at the Cherry Tree car park in Dereham will begin on May 2.

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A historic train that once transported goods across the country will take to the tracks once again thanks to the Mid-Norfolk Railway.

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Tributes are flowing today to the “flamboyant” former Mayor of Dereham Michael Fanthorpe, who died aged 84 on Monday.

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Three talented young cricket players have been given funding to help them develop their promising sporting careers.

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Residents in a Norfolk village said the proposed dualling of a section of the A47 is an excessive solution for a small problem.

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This weekend swimmers from across Norfolk will be donning their goggles and making a splash for Swimathon 2017 in support of Marie Curie.

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A club for adults with learning disabilities is keen to welcome new members and new volunteers.

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A charity dance will be held for the third year in memory of a fun-loving friend and brother who was known as being the life and soul of the party.

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A big band concert at the Memorial Hall in Dereham will help raise money for a vital piece of equipment for people suffering from liver disease.

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He’s shared his words of wisdom with thousands of people around the world, and students at Dereham Sixth Form College were the latest to get tips on leadership and success.

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From a comedy dance routine from two boys in luminous tutus to those of competition standard there was something for everyone at Neatherd High School’s dance show.

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A three-day celebration of craftspeople and designers is taking place at Sandringham for the second time this weekend.

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Students from Dereham Sixth Form College have been the first to give feedback in the latest round of consultations for the Norfolk Vanguard wind farm.

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A six-year-old from Dereham is the envy of her school friends after becoming the lucky owner of an ultra rare Comic Relief Frankinose.

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Council leaders and an MP are calling on the people of Dereham to help shape the market town’s most important document for a generation.

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A 69-year-old Dereham man who disappeared three weeks ago may have been spotted in the Leicester area, Norfolk Police have said.

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Look out New York - you are about to be blown away by the talents of some of Dereham’s finest singers and musicians!

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Dereham Carnival will have a King and Queen this year and two attendants.

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Leaders of the newly-formed Mid Norfolk Academy Trust, set up by Dereham’s Neatherd High School, have announced a bold ambition to build a new sixth form centre at its current site on Norwich Road.

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A much maligned transport study, commissioned by Breckland Council to assess the impact of proposed development on Dereham’s roads, will not be able to be used by developers as definitive evidence alone to support their planning applications, councillors heard today.

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Dereham Sixth Form College celebrates its 40th birthday this year and a special commemoration event is planned for the end of the month.

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Bargain hunters can get their hands on a treasure chest of rare antiques and historical artefacts at Sennowe Park, near Guist, which is hosting a stately car boot sale next month.

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Former Arsenal and Football Association chairman David Dein is visiting Dereham Sixth Form College to talk about leadership.

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Police dog teams are still searching for a man on the run in Dereham who assaulted a police officer after a pursuit.

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An outstanding Ofsted judgement for an after-school club in Toftwood has made it triple success for the childcare provider.

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The date for the next summer show for green-fingered gardeners in Dereham has been set for Saturday, August 19 and organisers are asking for helpers and stall holders.

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Work to renumber a stretch of the A12 as the A47 to create a continuous trunk road has finished ahead of schedule.

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The family of a Dereham man who went missing almost a week ago have said they are becoming increasingly desperate for news of him as they released information on the clothes he may have been wearing.

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A new multi-academy trust has been formed between six Dereham area schools to create a “unity of purpose” to help improve standards, while maintaining each school’s ethos, philosophy and community focus.

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Dereham Theatre Company’s Youth Group (DOSYTco) will take to the stage and follow the yellow brick road to The Emerald City for their annual musical - The Wizard of Oz.

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A new era of education has started at Dereham’s Neatherd High School as it begins its first full week in a multi academy trust.

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Traffic gridlock outside three schools in Toftwood has caused angry confrontations between motorists.

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An eight-year-old charity fundraiser has received a big green and yellow boost to his appeal after being chosen to carry out the match ball at the Norwich City’s derby game against Ipswich Town yesterday.

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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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An extra £100,000 has been given to three Norfolk councils to help ongoing work with hundreds of domestic abuse victims over the next two years.

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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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A little cat with a big personality has been returned to his owners after going missing for 10 months.

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All aboard for a journey into your imagination.

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The founders of Norfolk’s first and only triathlon wear and equipment company are crediting superfast broadband as one of the reasons why their business is proving such a success.

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It’s been a TV classic for the last 40 years and now Dereham Theatre Company will be bringing Mainwaring, Jones, Pike and co to the Memorial Hall.

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A comedian and actor from Dereham is set for a West End debut when he takes to the stage at Leicester Square Theatre next month.

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Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman is calling on businesses, schools and groups in the Dereham area to tell him what they feel are their top priorities for the future development of the town.

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Motorists are warned to expect delays while work is carried out to repair Stone Road Bridge, north-west of Mattishall.

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A man assaulted a dog walker and tried to snatch her bag in Dereham yesterday causing her minor injuries.

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