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Population: 15,659

Nearby Towns: Swaffham, Watton, Wymondham

Four Norfolk schools will become academies with existing trusts, meeting minutes have revealed.

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Fifty stalls, eight top chefs, two great parties - Reepham is nearly ready.

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Purse stolen in Dereham burglary

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A purse was stolen in Dereham over the Bank Holiday weekend.

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A 19th-century landmark is due to reopen its doors following recent renovations.

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Revellers at the expanded third annual Dereham beer and music festival have included families for the first time, alongside traditional drinkers.

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Parents at Cawston Primary Academy have been sent a message warning them that a man in a van has been approaching children and offering them a ride.

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A group of Brownies have been celebrating 100 years of women having the vote by completing a special challenge.

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Commuters faced delays on the A47 this morning after two vehicles were involved in a crash.

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Police hunt wanted man across Norfolk

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Police are appealing for help from the public to trace a Norwich man who is wanted.

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Police are warning people across Norfolk to be on guard after reports of generators, chainsaws and pressure washers being sold from vans.

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An East Anglian accountancy firm has continued its expansion across the region after buying a West Norfolk practice.

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A delay to long-running roadworks on a busy city road will cause seven more weeks of “hell” for businesses, residents and commuters, it has been claimed.

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An international certification has been given to a Dereham-based charity for the fifth consecutive year.

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It was another lovely 1940s event at Whitwell and Reepham Railway.

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He has dedicated 70 years of his life to ringing bells across hundreds of Britain’s churches.

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Two shoppers came to the aid of a man suffering convulsions at the Tesco store in Dereham.

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It was the best Messy Church yet.

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Schoolchildren have been learning that you can eat smoked salmon raw, and other valuable information, as part of a day of food science.

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A man in his 30s was taken to hospital by air ambulance after falling and banging his head at the Tesco store in Dereham.

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About 100 Christians from Dereham churches took part in the Good Friday march of witness in the town centre.

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Baby the eagle owl has been found

Friday, March 30, 2018

Baby, the European eagle owl, has been found safe and well, much to the joy of a Norfolk family.

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Pupils and staff at Dereham Junior Academy took part in a daily challenge involving skipping, hoopla, football and dancing for Sport Relief week.

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Children learned about the importance of brushing their teeth during British Science Week at the Toftwood Infant and Junior School Federation.

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Dressing up for Easter in bonnets has been a centuries-old pastime and women at a centre in Dereham are keeping up the tradition.

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A crew from Dereham put out a car fire on the town’s Aldi car park.

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Round tablers are busy preparing for Dereham’s third annual beer and music festival, which they aim to make a permanent fixture in the calendar.

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Norwich Credit Union is to move to a new office in the city after a surge in membership and loans in the past full year.

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About 200 people took a trip down memory lane at a north Norfolk railway society’s steam engine running and beer festival.

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Italian restaurant chain Prezzo could be the latest business to close sites after reports emerged of a restructuring plan.

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An actress who entertained audiences across Norfolk with her singing and character roles had one final standing ovation - at her funeral.

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A group of Dereham youngsters were wrongly accused of desecrating a graveyard and making Nazi salutes as they held a funeral for their much-loved... skateboard.

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The rebuild of a cat adoption centre in Dereham has been launched.

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Eight members of a north Norfolk-based amateur radio group have been teaching girl guides how to contact colleagues around the world as part of Thinking on The Air Day.

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The reaction to Norfolk Day was as enthusiastic as it was overwhelming as individuals, businesses, TV personalities and politicians from around the county showed their support for the July 27 initiative.

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An independent brewery in north Norfolk has created a new ale to raise money for the Nelson’s Journey bereavement charity.

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School children, councillors and onlookers headed to the centre of Dereham to mark a century since the act that paved the way to universal suffrage.

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The mayor of Dereham is going to experience what life is like for people who are blind by trying to navigate the streets blindfolded.

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Drivers are being told to allow extra time with overnight snow showers affecting roads across the region.

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Inquests open into deaths of three men

Friday, February 2, 2018

Inquests have been opened into the deaths of three elderly men in Norfolk.

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It has been running for less than a year, and is already the biggest social enterprise of its kind in the UK.

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Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has called for greater protection for rural communities against “aggressive” developers.

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Concern that the dualling of the Acle Straight could still be years away has prompted county councillors to send a strong message to the government that the work is crucial to Norfolk.

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Independent retailers will be given an online shop window as part of plans to create a ‘digital high street’ in some of Norfolk’s market towns.

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Tenpin bowling can be a tricky, and frustrating, sport for many of us.

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A music academy in Dereham is inviting potential students to an Open Day to learn more about the services it offers.

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An art gallery that opened last year has already expanded and now has a permanent artist in residence.

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It is one of the joys of parenting - the loving gesture of reading a bedtime story to your child.

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A tied vote among Breckland councillors forced planning committee chairman Nigel Wilkin to use his casting vote to refuse an application for 291 homes in Dereham yesterday.

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A single carriageway road bridge over a heritage railway line proved to be a bridge too far for an application for 291 houses in Dereham which was refused by planners.

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A district councillor has questioned how many people have to die before changes to speed limits will be implemented in Dereham.

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Holiday firm off to flying start in 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

An East Anglian travel agent has had a flying start to the year after seeing a surge in holiday sales.

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A school in Dereham has hosted the Mid-Norfolk cross country trials, bringing together runners from across the region.

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The newest religious community in the country has just received the keys to its very first convent – a converted barn complex near Dereham.

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An icon of the British music scene has been announced as the headline act for this year’s Dereham Blues Festival.

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Drivers navigating a busy market town are more likely to risk using dangerous A47 junctions than battle with town centre congestion, it has been revealed.

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Residents in two rural villages cut off by flood waters after the week’s heavy rainfall are urging the highways authority to find a permanent solution to a persistent flooding hot spot.

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An inspirational father-of-six from Dereham has joined an exclusive club of marathon runners having completed his 100th in 100 weeks.

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Dereham Salvation Army had a packed programme of activites and commitments over Christmas from the band playing at carol concerts to packing boxes for its Toys and Tins Appeal.

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A nine-year-old boy with a dream of becoming a scientist to cure cancer has rounded off an exceptional year of fundraising by donating a cheque to his favourite charity.

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A farm in Gressenhall, near Dereham, is looking to provide a new campsite which can cater for disabled visitors.

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Sixteen people plus Bessie the dog enjoyed a traditional Christmas turkey meal in Elsing, courtesy of a kind-hearted mum and daughter.

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Christmas is a time for colour and light, but for one boy in Dereham this year it will be tinged with darkness.

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A leading Dereham councillor has reassured the community that improvements to the A47 are on the way, after a man in his 60s died in a crash near Scarning on Friday.

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Community spirit is alive and kicking with over 30 organisations and charities across Norfolk spreading some Christmas cheer this year.

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A care home’s campaign to get one of its residents 102 cards for their 102nd birthday has been met with an overwhelming response.

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A mischievous elf has been causing havoc around Dereham in the run up to Christmas.

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A developer was warned to “work with the community” after an application for 284 homes in Dereham was turned down by council planners by one vote.

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Estate agents Sowerbys have been judged to have the most festive window display in Dereham in a competition run by the town’s Christmas lights organisers and this newspaper.

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A Norfolk turkey farmer has brought joy to the homeless and needy in Norwich by providing the centrepiece for a free Christmas dinner.

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Fears have been raised that the dualling of the Acle Straight could still be years away, after the road seemed to be omitted from thinking over the next major investment in England’s roads.

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If horses and farming were his life, then art was his passion.

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They may only be little but the next generation of Albert Einsteins and Marie Curies could be emerging from a small mid-Norfolk infant school.

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After months of speculation, planning and renovation the latest addition to Dereham’s High Street has opened.

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A Dereham man has celebrated a decade of sole trading, as his mechanics business reaches its tenth anniversary.

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He’s completed dozens of extraordinary expeditions around the world but even by George Bullard’s standards his latest adventure has gone down as his most risky to date.

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Join In: Vote for your favourite Christmas lights display

Monday, December 4, 2017

Love them or hate them, decorating our homes with Christmas lights is a festive tradition that seems to get bigger and brighter every year.

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Tickets are selling out fast for the EADT EDP Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism Awards 2018 ceremony, which takes place at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on February 8. The finalists in each category are as follows:

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The deputy mayor of a Norfolk town head-butted and punched his former partner in the head during an attack in her own home, a court has heard.

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The bustling market town of Dereham was packed on Sunday thanks to the roster of events and stalls put on for the Christmas light switch-on event.

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Nearly £4,000 has been raised to buy Christmas presents for the four children of a man who died in a car crash near Thetford.

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An annual event at Dereham’s Neatherd High School proved once again that its students definitely have talent.

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A frenzy of activity is taking place behind the scenes in towns and villages across mid and north Norfolk as preparations are put in place for their annual Christmas lights switch-ons.

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Friends of a father-of-four who died in a car crash have rallied to help buy his children presents for Christmas.

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Caring students at Northgate High School in Dereham are bringing some Christmas cheer to elderly residents this year and raising money for a dementia charity.

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A regional heat of the UK International Kids’ Lit Quiz was held at Dereham’s Neatherd High School and saw 28 teams from 20 Norfolk schools taking part.

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Campaigners battling to save one of Dereham’s oldest oak trees are celebrating a victory for nature over concrete after developers were told it should not be felled to build an access road for a proposed housing scheme.

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A King Charles spaniel was set upon and killed by four other dogs in Foulsham, near Dereham.

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Campaigners fighting plans to build homes next to a Dereham beauty spot are calling on people to show the strength of feeling against the development at a planning meeting on Monday.

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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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A funeral director has offered to create a new memorial for a widow after the bench she donated to Dereham was vandalised and removed.

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Have you ever wondered how the streets and buildings of Dereham have changed over the past century or so?

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The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal is £390 better off thanks to a nifty knitter in Dereham.

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Niamh starts studies for dream nanny job

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A former Norfolk schoolgirl is pursuing her dream of working with children after gaining a place at one of the world’s most prestigious nanny training colleges.

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Parents of children at a Dereham junior school are furious with a bus driver who reportedly dropped their children in the middle of town and made them walk half a mile to school unaccompanied due to roadworks.

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The winner of the EDP Business Awards 2017 Skills of Tomorrow award helps young people across the region access jobs and opportunities they would not otherwise be able to.

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“I was always made to feel I was special because I was chosen.”

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Shop fitters are busy filling the shelves in the new WHSmith in Dereham but an opening date has yet to be set.

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A widow has told of her shock and devastation that a bench, donated to Dereham and erected in memory of her late husband, has been removed by the town council without any notification.

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Three vehicles were involved in a crash on the A47 near Dereham this morning but police said no-one was injured.

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