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Population: 15,659

Nearby Towns: Swaffham, Watton, Wymondham

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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A man who was found dead at a flat in Boundary Close in Dereham has been formally identified by police as 48-year-old Stuart Yates.

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Dereham Neatherd High School performed their annual school production at the Memorial Hall.

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Police have cordoned off an area beside a quiet country lane in Hardingham, near Dereham, in connection with a murder investigation in Toftwood.

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Highways England says it is committed to improving driver safety ahead of work on the A47 Acle Straight that will lead to road closures.

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A man whose body was found in a flat in Dereham has been named locally as Stuart Yates.

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Community spirit may too often be a thing of the past, but one small Norfolk village was united in saying goodbye to a much-loved retiring postman.

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A group fighting a village expansion is celebrating a victory for people power, after proposals to make it a local service centre were rejected.

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Two major housing applications come before Breckland planners on Monday which could see another 500 homes being built in Dereham.

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Charity appeal for storage space

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A charity founded to help children access education in The Gambia is looking for new storage facilities.

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Two extra shows have been added to this year’s Thursford Christmas spectacular to meet demand- 10 months before it’s due to start.

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A science-mad youngster has experienced first hand how DNA is extracted and looked at cancer cells under a microscope as a special guest of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia.

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A fund-raising campaign to make Dereham a Christmas destination has received a “phenomenal” response, say the organisers, bringing in over £6,000 in its first two months.

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A Dereham school won the East of England regional championships award, when it hosted a round of the FIRST LEGO league for the first time.

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A 26-year old Dereham man has been convicted of five incidents of criminal damage and a malicious communication offence in the town.

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Two Norwich students will be mentored by a former world sailing champion after triumphing in a national programme.

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A disgraced councillor did the right thing by resigning, people in Saham Toney said today, after a shocking video emerged of him using sexually offensive language to a female hunt protester.

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The police commander for Breckland said a disturbance involving up to 30 people in Dereham was an “isolated incident”.

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A teenage crash survivor has spoken about being in training for a marathon, and the scars he will always have, after a serious road crash.

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Bosses at a football club are appealing for more people to get on board and help it build on the success it has achieved in recent years.

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Toftwood Infant and Junior and Fred Nicholson have signed up to the voluntary code from Breckland Council to stop parents standing outside and blowing cigarette smoke over the children as they walk to and from school.

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A campaign aimed at educating young drivers about road safety is set to continue its tour of Norfolk with a visit to Thetford Academy.

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More details have emerged about the character at the centre of one of Norfolk’s most intriguing archeological finds.

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Ask most fans of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix to name his most memorable performance of all time and thoughts of Woodstock, the Montery Pop Festival and Isle of Wight will usually come to mind.

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More details have emerged about one of Norfolk’s most intriguing archaeological finds.

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Volunteers are becoming increasingly important for vital charity services amid funding cuts.

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Another 48 new homes will be built in a market town after councillors approved an application for development on a greenfield site.

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A family of travellers will be allowed to keep their home on the edge of a Norfolk village after a planning committee granted them permission to stay.

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Three people were arrested and remain in police custody following a burglary in Dereham at the weekend.

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He was created as a means of offering comfort to children at accident scenes and now, thanks to Dereham Lions, PC Ted is celebrating his 25th birthday in Norfolk.

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Most eight-year-old boys might dream of becoming a train driver or astronaut when they grow up, or even a professional footballer.

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A new sports facility, a popular community centre and a village play area are to benefit from more than £30,000 of grant funding from a district council.

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Almost £25,000 is being made available to further enhance Breckland’s five market towns and attract more visitors and businesses.

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She has a beaming smile and cheerful nature that belie her challenging start to life.

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PC Joseph Jermy and watch manager Duncan Barrow clung onto the A47 bridge to stop her falling onto the busy Yaxham Road and railway line below.

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Residents and businesses are being invited to have their say on Breckland Council’s draft budget for 2017/18.

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Creative and imaginative students at Neatherd High School in Dereham will be hoping their home advantage helps them to success when they take part in global science and technology competition in January.

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Instead of changing platforms, couples could soon be exchanging vows at one of Norfolk’s heritage railways.

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Firefighters emptied a cesspit with buckets in a near three-hour battle to save a stricken calf.

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The festive season is an exciting time for many families. But for the increasing number of people who use foodbanks it can be a very stressful period.

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Breckland Council is calling on people to ‘Recycle Right’ this Christmas to ensure as much recycling as possible is collected from across the district and waste diverted to landfill is minimised.

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Breckland Council now has a five year housing land supply in place.

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A market trader will have to put together a business case for the sale of fruit and vegetables to the public from its warehouse in Dereham before planning permission can be approved.

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Police want to speak to the driver of a silver car who failed to stop after a crash involving three vehicles on the A47 at Swaffham.

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A fruit and vegetable trader in Dereham could be stopped from selling produce to the public from the company’s warehouse amid concerns that it is having an adverse affect on other town centre businesses.

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It’s usually performed by adults for children but pupils at Toftwood Infant School turned pantomime on its head by putting on a show for parents and guests.

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A fundraising appeal for next year’s Christmas lights switch-on event in Dereham has seen a flurry of donations.

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They’ve done it!

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An entrepreneur who gave a makeover to a 300-year-old pub is now providing makeovers for her customers inside it.

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Thousands of people packed town centres across the county today for the traditional Christmas lights switch-on events.

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A community has rallied round to help a five-year-old boy with a rare form of cancer enjoy as many special events from his bucket list as possible.

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Choosing a name for anything – from a new baby to a new car – can prove a challenge.

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The mother of a Norfolk man who died after taking a legal high today describes how her family has been devastated by a drug her son thought was safe.

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The mother of a little boy who had to have major heart surgery soon after his birth is joining a campaign for better mental health care for parents of seriously ill babies.

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Police based in Dereham have had to deal with two crashes today.

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More than 150 people queued in cold weather to get their first glimpse of the new Aldi supermarket in Dereham this morning.

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Team GB windsurfer Nicholas Dempsey will be opening the new Aldi store in Dereham on Thursday, with a special golden ticket event for the first 100 customers on opening morning.

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was killed in a collision on the A148 at Harpley, near Hillington, yesterday.

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Rewards for young people who show good behaviour are at the centre of a new pilot scheme being launched by police today.

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The deadline is approaching for Breckland residents to have their say on growth and development in their district over the next 20 years.

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A landmark shop which has been a feature of its town for 60 years is being given a new lease of life after being bought by a former friendly rival.

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Fakenham Flower Festival gets under way

Thursday, October 6, 2016

A church is filled with all things bright and beautiful, for a four-day flower festival themed around the famous hymm.

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Teams from six Dereham pubs dressed up to take part in a walk to raise money for the PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) charity Resolution, which supports retired soldiers suffering from combat stress.

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It sounds like a fun pub crawl but dozens of fundraisers are getting ready to put their best feet forward around Dereham’s watering holes for a very important cause.

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Three homes were burgled in the Dereham area with cash and jewellery being targeted.

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Five housing assocation staff will be getting on their bikes for charity this weekend as they take part in this year’s Bullards Tour De Norfolk cycle event.

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Residents in Breckland are being encouraged to give their views on where future development should take place in their district.

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It is 76 years since the Battle of Britain raged in the skies above England as the RAF fought to gain air supremacy against Hitler’s Luftwaffe and bring to an end the Fuhrer’s invasion plans.

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