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Population: 15,659

Nearby Towns: Swaffham, Watton, Wymondham

A programme of resurfacing and improvements to the A47 in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk were unveiled at an exhibition in King’s Lynn.

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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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Significant work has been carried out to make public paths in Dereham more ‘walker-friendly’ and new plaques have been installed to mark the improved routes.

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Love stories are a cinematic staple, but at Dereham’s Hollywood cinema, one real-life romance is about to reach its happily-ever-after.

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The people of Dereham are being urged to pay tribute to a fallen soldier from the town, 100 years after his death.

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The brother of a runner who suffered a cardiac arrest just before the end of the Run Norwich 10K road race said the father-of-two is “lucky to be alive” and keen to thank those who saved his life.

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If you have been lucky enough to dine in a Michelin-starred restaurant recently, the chances are the beautiful garnish on your dish or the mini vegetables in your side salad were grown in Norfolk.

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Volunteers are needed for a project aiming to bring to life the famous letters of a Norfolk family who rose from peasantry to aristocracy.

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A bid to build 100 homes on employment land in Dereham has finally been approved, despite a previous refusal and dismissal at appeal.

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A new development of 14 homes on land in Hockering has been approved in order to give a growing business the opportunity to create new jobs in Breckland.

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A new autism support group aimed at young people is being launched in South Norfolk.

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A social enterprise that aims to provide an affordable way to travel has said that demand for the service is growing fast.

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The Railway Tavern in Dereham raised £154 for Breast Cancer Now charity at the Dereham Carnival.

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A group of Brownies, who won Dereham Carnival’s award for best float in the parade, are donating their £100 prize money to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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Knitted poppies that formed part of a colourful display at the war memorial for the Dereham Carnival are raising money for the Royal British Legion.

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Physical and financial growth are firmly in the sight line of an air rifle shooting range near Dereham.

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Thousands of people came out to line the streets of Dereham to enjoy a colourful Carnival.

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Every last detail is being fine-tuned to ensure Dereham Carnival this Sunday is a celebration to remember.

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Resourceful students foraged for food, built shelters and survived a storm as part of a challenge to test their nerve and build their courage.

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The Dereham Blues Festival has enjoyed another stellar year, with thousands flooding to the mid Norfolk market town to enjoy bands from across the country.

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The final stitches are being put in place to turn a market town into a wonderfully woolly spectacle for its annual carnival.

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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 trophy cabinet at Neatherd High School in Dereham has a new addition after a group of dancers won a prestigious national competition.

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Tickets please! Pupils at one Dereham school will now be queuing up to get on a bus for a journey into the world of books and reading.

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Intrepid employees from a Dereham-based manufacturer have completed an obstacle course to raise money in memory of a former colleague.

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There is just one week to go until one of the biggest blues music festivals in the country kicks off in Dereham.

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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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An angling match held in memory of a keen fisherman raised £551 for the Cromer RNLI.

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With the Royal Norfolk Show just around the corner here are some important house-keeping notes for all showgoers to make your experience even better...

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The mother of a young girl who suffered a panic attack at the Little Mix concert in Newmarket has said she is “beyond grateful” to two Dereham heroes who came to her aid.

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It was an auspicious night for future couples to meet on.

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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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