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Population: 9,994

Nearby Towns: King's Lynn, Swaffham, Wisbech

A school has been told it must find a new academy sponsor.

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Controversial plans for 300 new homes on the edge of Downham Market will be discussed next week.

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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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How did wife carrying come to Norfolk?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wife carrying began in Finland. Its origins are rooted in the legend of Ronkainen the Robber, whose gang would pillage villages, running off with women on their backs.

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Husbands will be under starters orders to run off with their wives this summer.

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An award-winning fish and chip shop will be saying goodbye to owner of 22 years, a colourful character wishing to retire and enjoy the finer things in life.

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A Suffolk punch led a parade through town to commemorate its horsey history.

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The centrepiece of a couple’s wedding day was painstakingly re-created for their 65th anniversary.

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Downham Market Rotary held its annual Technology Tournament for 10 teams of students from Iceni Academy, St Clement’s High School and Witchford Village College.

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Visitors to Downham Grange stepped back into the 1950s on Saturday during the care home’s open day.

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Eight month old Rhodesian ridgeback “Lexi” qualified for Crufts at her first show.

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A new campaign is being launched to build a memorial for Norfolk’s forgotten heroes.
More than 700 air crew who flew from RAF Downham Market were shot down and killed in the Second World War.

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Staff at a Norfolk care home have welcomed an overall good Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection rating.

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A property in Norman Drive was broken into between 7pm and 9.30pm on Saturday, March 4.

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As a West Norfolk councillor, she’s used to the odd stormy scene in the council chamber. But now mum-of-two and Wimbotsham ward member Sandra Squire is set to face mountainous seas in a transatlantic yacht race which last year claimed the lives of two sailors.

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He still features on the town’s sign and for centuries the biggest horse fair in the Fens was named after him.

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Some 5,000 crocuses are in full bloom next to these busy traffic lights in Downham Market.

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The great and the good of west Norfolk’s business community came together at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange for the West Norfolk Mayor’s Business Awards yesterday (Friday, March 3).

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A man suffered a serious chest injury in a collision near Downham Market this morning.

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Detectives are trying to contact the writer of a letter sent to Downham Market police station.

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A commitment to high-welfare production has helped an award-winning pig farmer win new export customers in the USA, farmers’ club members were told.

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A man who conned three elderly women into sponsoring him for a non-existent charity bike ride has been ordered to pay the money back.

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Staff are planning to bring back the rock ‘n roll era at a Downham Market care home by creating a 1950s retro activities lounge.

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A magistrate from Downham Market will be given an OBE for his work in justice, mental health support and the community in Cambridgeshire.

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Good things come to those who wait, they say, and that certainly rings true for Norfolk-born author Gayle Curtis.

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Residents packed a public meeting before councillors voted to oppose proposals for hundreds of new homes.

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Police say it happened at about 11.25am on Saturday after a near-miss incident between a pedestrian and vehicle at a zebra crossing in the Tesco car park.

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Police are appealing for witnesses after two people were injured by a dog in separate incidents in the town.

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Developers have applied for outline permission to build on farmland beside the A1122 on the south-eastern outskirts of the town.

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The international Clandestine Cake Club (CCC) is coming to north Norfolk.

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Discussions being held on Friday will focus on the work required to improve road layout, level crossings and track upgrade in the Ely area. The rail junction

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A west Norfolk community is closer to getting a village hub with more space for different activities, thanks to £31,650 from the Prince of Wales’s rural charity.

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Firefighters have left the scene of a blaze at a waste management centre in West Dereham, near Downham Market.

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Greene King Pub Partners has applied to demolish a conservatory beside the Hare Arms at Stow Bardolph, off the A10, replacing it with a new trading area with improved disabled access.

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Dozens of students and staff across west Norfolk donned their most festive woollies, as part of a national charity’s fundraising efforts.

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A coroner wants lessons to be learned after a 23-year-old man was knocked down and killed while walking home in the dark after consuming alcohol.

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Members of a west Norfolk community were treated to a three-course Christmas lunch plus entertainment, courtesy of RAF Marham.

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Vandalism at a Fenland school has been called “senseless” by its headteacher, as pupils and staff come to terms with the attack.

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The former landlords of the closed Railway Arms in Downham Market are already back in the pub trade.

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Years ago, you only got a star for doing well at school.

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Southery Academy performed its rendition of the nativity play for families and friends.

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A man in his 60s was left with minor injuries after an altercation with two men who conned their way into his home.

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Charities in west Norfolk have bagged £3,000, thanks to residents who recycle.

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People in west Norfolk are being urged in a new advertising campaign to respect taxi drivers in the run-up to Christmas, amid reports of bad behaviour in cabs.

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A contract worth £27m has been awarded to Wates Construction Ltd to build squadron headquarters in support of the new F-35B Lightning II aircraft at RAF Marham.

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James Bagge’s high-flying career has taken him all around the world, but he retains his “love affair” with Norfolk.

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A west Norfolk radio station is hoping to put smiles back on the faces of hundreds of children this Christmas, when they each receive a gift donated through an annual appeal.

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Education bosses are putting an urgent action plan in place at Downham Market Academy after a warning that “the standards of pupils’ performance” were “unacceptably low”.

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A fraudster who targeted elderly women, including one with dementia, to collect fake sponsorship money has been told to expect a prison term.

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Seventy-five years ago a crash between two British planes over East Anglia left eight men dead.

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Three-vehicle smash on A10 at Watlington

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Three vehicles were involved in a crash on the A10 at Watlington, near King’s Lynn - but there were no major injuries.

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RAF Marham has never had a war memorial until now.

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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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Richard Gould, from Downham Market, joined at navy as a gunner in 1940, at the age of 19.

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Tributes have been paid to a 95-year-old war veteran who was honoured for his bravery by the Russians.

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BBC Children in Need is coming to King’s Lynn tomorrow, as part of the 470-mile Rickshaw Challenge with Matt Baker from the One Show.

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A car driver is being hunted after a pedestrian was struck in Downham Market High Street.

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Come and have a mardle in Wereham

Saturday, November 12, 2016

It’s only a small village and its history may not be packed with major incidents, but memories are being kept alive in Wereham, near Downham Market, thanks to the launch of a heritage group.

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The newly revamped memorial gardens in Downham Market were officially opened on Armistice Day.

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Elderly and frail patients are benefiting from an innovative new service at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

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West Norfolk’s first community-owned pub is in the regional finals of a national awards programme.

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A west Norfolk hospital is warning people who have experienced norovirus symptoms not to visit and put loved one’s lives at risk.

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Parents have vowed to keep a primary school open after the trust that runs it started the process to close it.

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The life of a 19-year-old who died at the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago has been celebrated at Bexwell Church, near Downham Market.

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The principal at Downham Market Academy, Jon Ford is stepping down with immediate effect, following news that results at the school had not improved.

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A consultation has started on Smithdon High School becoming an 11-16 academy later this year.

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A man in his 70s was freed by firefighters after becoming trapped under heavy farm machinery this morning.

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A landlord who is quitting his family-run business after seven years, because of a proposed rent increase, has urged train companies to better support independent units on platforms.

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An award-winning pub that featured on TV in ‘Great Railway Journeys of Britain’ and was the last stopping off point for thousands of thirsty rail customers has closed down, amid a row over rent.

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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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A west Norfolk student has had her long hair cut off and donated to a cancer charity.

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Independent candidate Terence Parish has been elected the new West Norfolk borough councillor for Heacham ward.

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How do you see West Norfolk in 20 years’ time?

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It’s a seaside resort which already has the cliffs, beach, fish and chips and In Bloom awards to boast about – and now it’s got an added attraction.

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Significant improvements have been made at a doctors’ surgery, which was rated as inadequate by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission, but more still needs to be done.

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Organisers of the largest careers’ show to be held in west Norfolk in recent years are expecting about 2,000 young people to attend.

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Acting against a giant, green plant will be a new experience for members of a west Norfolk group –but they are all looking forward to it.

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Ducks are flocking to a west Norfolk wetland habitat, after a hectic summer on their breeding grounds.

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Police used the special horse unit in carrying out an operation against illegal hare coursers in west Norfolk last weekend.

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Enter any pub and you immediately sense if it’s on the up, and that special feeling permeates the atmosphere at the Jolly Brewers.

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A woman has died after a crash in west Norfolk.

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A new £6.5m university centre for west Norfolk and the Fens has been officially opened, almost 10 years after College of West Anglia principal David Pomfret started the ball rolling.

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About 100 years ago people in the Fens would sit around the table at a pub or a club and tell tales about legendary characters and other stories.

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A west Norfolk community is closer to getting a state-of-the art village hub with more space for different activities, thanks to £621,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

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Skills summit focuses on RAF Marham jobs

Saturday, September 10, 2016

RAF Marham has joined forces with MP Liz Truss and other agencies to inspire the next generation of young people at schools and colleges to learn new skills to be in with a shout for new jobs and careers, ahead of the arrival of the F-35B Lightning II jet at the station in 2018.

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West Norfolk teenager Oliver Clarke is celebrating after an impressive first international campaign representing his country saw him finish seventh in the world competition for kart racers, aged 13-15.

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Police are investigating reports a man has been fraudulently collecting money for charity in the Downham Market area.

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It will be a special day in King’s Lynn next Sunday when about 60 buildings not normally open to the public throw open their doors as part of Heritage Open Day.

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They are the people who often go without reward or recognition. But, without them, our communities would be much poorer.

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A camera containing sentimental photographs of a child’s birth has been stolen along with other items during a burglary in Pentney, near King’s Lynn.

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Dedication service recreated at RAF Marham

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fifty years ago the then head of the Royal Air Force, Sir Charles Elworthy stood at the ‘Blue Bull’ roundabout at RAF Marham to commemorate its 50th anniversary.

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Images of Fenland landscapes designed to bring back memories for those living with dementia went on display at a care home.

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It’s a shot that celebrates the Tornado’s almost continuous operational service over the last quarter of a century.

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Migrating birds have been stopping off at a west Norfolk nature reserve to ‘speed feed’, ahead of their journeys to southern Europe and Africa.

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The stroke unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in King’s Lynn, is set to get a £265,000 makeover to make it more ‘homely’.

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Ten volunteers have come forward to help after an appeal was launched to keep a vital fundraising store open at night – but more are still needed.

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A fire at a waste management company was finally extinguished at about 7.45pm last night, after blazing since last Saturday.

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Newly commissioned pilot officer RAFA Duck is on his way to achieving 100 flying hours, as one of the 100 events to celebrate RAF Marham’s centenary year.

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A £1m refurbishment of the X-Ray department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn is benefiting patients and radiographers.

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