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Population: 7,357

Nearby Towns: Dereham, Holt, Hunstanton

A record number of buildings in the East of England have been shortlisted for awards in this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Regional Awards.

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A boy believed to be as young as 15-years-old is one of three suspects police are trying to trace in connection with the discovery of counterfeit cash which has left businesses across north Norfolk out of pocket.

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Villages with the most second homes in north Norfolk could lose out on Government cash for new community affordable housing schemes, the Lib Dems claim.

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A heritage group, disabled people, film fans and users of several village halls across north Norfolk will all benefit from the latest round of grants from the Big Society Fund .

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A restaurant apprentice from Fakenham challenged MPs to take part in pint-pulling, spud peeling, dough stretching, bottle opening and cocktail making during an Apprenticeship Week event at the House of Commons.

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Protesters in north Norfolk have forced the district council to hold fire on controversial asset commercialisation plans.

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Two of the 12 national winners in the British Institute of Professional Photography awards come from north Norfolk.

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Emergency services were called to an address in Melton Constable in north Norfolk where a sudden death had occurred.

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A council has pledged support to communities fighting any possible cuts to healthcare beds in north Norfolk.

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The secret to a long and healthy life may sit with a village in north Norfolk.

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A north Norfolk community wants to set up a blueprint for how development in the parish will be carried out in future 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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Gallery: Sunshine and smiles as Fakenham goes racing

Monday, February 20, 2017

The sun shone on racegoers for the National Hunt meeting at Fakenham Racecourse on Friday.

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One of the region’s most popular visitor attractions has secured another award for its work in bringing back mainline dining excursions.

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A heart transplant patient is walking the Norfolk coast as part of a 5,000-mile trek around Britain to help raise £100,000 for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life-saving research.

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Being homeless is more than not having a home. It’s days filled with loneliness, weeks with no money and years with no hope.

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The Crown in Fakenham will reopen tomorrow night, Friday, February 10.

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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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27 north Norfolk projects hit the jackpot

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

New figures show that more than £690,000 of National Lottery funding was awarded across the north Norfolk area in the last year alone.

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Cabinet members have decided to press ahead with proposals to develop four of the council’s assets in north Norfolk.

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A cycling club set up two years ago in north Norfolk by friends who wanted to lose weight and get fitter now has some 120 members.

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A weekend away to Amsterdam has left one group from Fakenham hundreds of pounds out-of-pocket after they fell victim to a scam on a booking website.

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The last surviving child of WJ Aldiss, the founder of the Aldiss department store in Fakenham, has celebrated her 100th birthday.

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The Crown in Fakenham will open again in the next couple of weeks under new management.

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A group of women that run a monthly coffee morning at the Memorial Pavilion, South Creake’s community centre, has already raised £500 towards a defibrillator from the fundraising get-togethers.

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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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Community chiefs are calling for the Fakenham College site in Wells Road to be looked after and well-used after sixth formers move out later this year.

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An extraordinary meeting of Fakenham Town Council will be held on Wednesday.

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A project to raise £35,000 and repair the bell tower at Fakenham Junior School is on course to meet its target, after being launched four months ago.

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The A47 at Narborough in west Norfolk has reopened, following a crash involving two lorries.

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Protesters gathered at a school crossing in Briston, near Melton Constable, yesterday against proposals to cut a lollipop service.

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It’s a challenge that has never been completed before, and Adrian Riley did it with two weeks to spare.

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A man has written a second book to raise more money for a hospital in his wife’s memory.

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A government inspector will have ther final say over controversial plans to build 200 homes in the middle of the village after a six-day public hearing in April.

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The former hotel and coaching inn opened as a restaurant and bar last year after being shut for around seven years.

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A 94-year-old woman had a “lucky escape” when a blaze tore through her house in the early hours of the morning.

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Active Fakenham will be repeating last year’s official British Cycling trials, along with a UK Athletics RunEngland 5k running race and fun run on Sunday, April 16.

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Trinity College Cambridge first revealed plans to build on the northern outskirts of the town in 2009.

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Some councillors believe the building, in the Queens Road Cemetery, could be turned into an “attractive public facility” for concerts, weddings and events, as well as council offices and a meeting room.

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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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A club founded to support ex-servicemen has voted to cut its ties with the British Legion.

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About half the staff at a west Norfolk care home have been ordered to leave Britain, after the licence allowing them to legally work here was withdrawn.

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It was a dreary area not much frequented by youngsters before its makeover.

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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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Fakenham Academy students’ gift of love

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Almost 100 people in some of Europe’s poorest countries will have a present from north Norfolk this Christmas.

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Marham choir features on festive album

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Military Wives are back and the beautiful voices of nearly 50 women from a Norfolk RAF station feature on new recordings to be released for Christmas.

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Treasured memories of sitting with his wife on a bench at a hospital while she was being treated for cancer inspired a 79-year-old man to donate a bench in her memory.

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Lloyd Buck will be giving a talk and demonstration at Fakenham College on Saturday, October 29 (6.00pm) in aid of Sculthorpe Moor nature reserve.

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For most 101-year-olds, a slow pace of life is in order.

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The beautiful surroundings of one of north Norfolk’s most attractive country estates was again the backdrop for an annual charity run.

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Staff, clients, family and friends gathered today to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a much-loved care home.

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Officers installed special monitoring equipment on Fakenham’s Norwich Street between August 16 and 29.

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Customers once compared the quality service at Station Garage in Docking to that shown in the Heartbeat TV series, which was set in the 1960s.

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A housing development comprising 77 new homes on an “eyesore” site could get the green light from planners next week, despite strong opposition from the parish council.

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Volunteer builders, sponsors and supporters of a new boardwalk and bird watching hide, which offer panoramic views of the Wensum Valley, were thanked at its official opening.

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When PE teachers Matt and Kirsty Hardman got married, they decided to postpone their honeymoon - and celebrate their first anniversary at the Olympics.

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He collapsed at his home in the town’s Jubilee Avenue, in February 2014. An inquest recorded an open verdict and his death remains unexplained.

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Hauliers need to promote a more diverse workforce to plug a potential 100,000 shortfall in truck drivers next year, MPs have said.

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The town’s biggest employer says it is looking to invest for the future by increasing its permanent workforce in the town.

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A crash and fuel spillage has blocked Norwich Road in both directions.

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Colourful birds have been around the tranquil and peaceful gardens of a hospice as part of an art project involving Norfolk schools.

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North Norfolk council took legal action against its own chairman for non-payment of council tax, we can reveal today.

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Amie Hutchison, from North Park, will be joining the Eastern Florida State College in the autumn.

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Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge were guests of honour at the summer ball at Houghton Hall, near Fakenham, in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

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Noise from a Fakenham laundry has become “intolerable” since it underwent a £2.4m extension, claim neighbours.

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A landmark hotel which has been closed for more than seven years is set to re-open within weeks.

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A community is mourning a much-loved village mascot, killed by a stray dog.

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A small west Norfolk community is in shock today after a man in his 80s died in a road crash.

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Two Norfolk charities have benefited from cash raised during a council chairman’s year in office.

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When Jennifer Lonsdale joined the fledgling movement to save the whales in the 1970s, she never expected to win Royal approval.

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Here’s how a new Aldiss store in Fakenham town centre is expected to look after the previous store was destroyed by a blaze which also ripped through seven flats and two neighbouring shops two years ago.

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Back in 1982, citizen’s band or CB radio was the big thing.

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After months of planning and preparation, and one postponement due to poor weather, a group of Fakenham Academy Norfolk students launched a High Altitude Balloon (HAB) into the Near Space region of the earth’s atmosphere reaching a height of 26,533m.

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Feelings are running high over plans to close 30 beds at a Fakenham care home today - as officials meet behind closed doors to discuss them.

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Bus operators that operate a popular service to and around the Norfolk coast have agreed to look into how the service can be improved following a public meeting last night in Thornham, near Hunstanton.

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The parents of a 44-year-old man who died in a house fire have paid tributes to their “dependable” son.

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A brewery’s horse and dray will parade through Norwich before the Lord Mayor starts this year’s City of Ale festivities.

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Health chiefs want to replace 30 beds at the Fakenham care home with a “supported care service”, where community teams will care for people in their own homes.

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The couple moved to the town from London with their two young children in 1975, when Alan got a job in Nevera’s, in Bridge Street, in 1975.

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A burned-out car was found at Hindringham, just under 10 miles from the scene of the supermarket raid today.

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Vandals have prompted police to take action against anti-social behaviour after at least three cars were pushed over, and a caravan was tipped over and set on fire.

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Haulage giant Jack Richards & Son has always celebrated its heritage, but it is now turning its attention to the future and the next generation. SABAH MEDDINGS reports.

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A traditional retail ethos has paid off for a Norfolk furniture store as shoppers’ renewed tastes for home improvements boosted figures by almost 10pc.

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There are 172 mechanical and engineering opportunities available across Norfolk on Jobs24.co.uk, offering candidates a wide range of salaries and covering a variety of skills.

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More than 300 people have signed a petition calling for speed humps in the centre of Fakenham.

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Rock4Jasmine returns to Fakenham

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The event, now in its third year, raises funds for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital’s paediatric department.

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Farmer Rob got in a rum old muddle when he drove his tractor into a very deep puddle.

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The sun reappeared over town as the 5k running race set off from the Market Place.

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