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Population: 3,550

Nearby Towns: Cromer, Fakenham, Sheringham

Modern day Holt was shaped in 1708 when a fire destroyed most of the medieval town, and saw it replaced by the Georgian street scene that is part of its charm today.

Its famous independent school Gresham’s dates back even further to 1555, and boasts former pupils ranging from composer Benjamin Britten to bagless vacuum cleaner inventor Sir James Dyson

The town is a Mecca for shoppers due to its range of independent traders including department store Bakers and Larners.

On its doorstep is Holt Country Park and one end of the North Norfolk Railway heritage railway line.

The best work by individual members of the North Norfolk Photographic Society was judged in an annual competition.

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Two north Norfolk residents have made it their mission to keep a rare breed of animal safe in the north Norfolk District.

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A Holt single mum is thought to be the first UK woman to complete a triple Ironman triathlon challenge.

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Police have released CCTV images of a woman they want to speak to after a theft in Holt.

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Revised plans to build much-needed new affordable homes as part of a mixed development at a north Norfolk village have been submitted.

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A multi-disciplinary construction consultancy has helped to develop and construct a new activity centre with one of Britain’s tallest climbing towers for a Norfolk school.

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A Norfolk council has apologised to a wheelchair-bound man and paid him £1,700 after being rapped over a housing complaint.

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Much-needed new affordable homes could be built in a north Norfolk village.

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A photographic society continues to impress against other clubs from across the country.

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A new heritage trail revealing the history and hidden secrets of Holt has been formally unveiled.

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Do you know anything about a John Rowland Cuthbert who died in the Second World War, and was from High Kelling, near Holt?

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The future of a thriving north Norfolk town could depend on tracking down a woman in America and getting her to sign a contract to release land for a car park.

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Holt rugby club’s long-standing chaplain Nick Bell is set to enjoy a special trip to Twickenham, as part of a volunteer recognition programme.

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Norfolk mother Kyra Welch, writes about her experiences with her terminally ill four-year-old son Kaiden Griffin. Kaiden, who grew up in North Creake, near Fakenham, now lives in Holt has an abnormal heart, lungs and veins and the situation is too complex for him to undergo an operation...

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Eminent photographer Colin Westgate has shown some of his landscape images to members of the North Norfolk Photographic Society.

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Two Norfolk venues have made the shortlist for the first time in the GQ Food and Drink Awards, and they are owned by the same people.

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Drivers can now use their mobile devices to pay at North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) car parks, as well as cash and card payments.

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The NHS has issued a call for blood donors after poor weather conditions led to a significant decline in blood stocks.

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A new documentary tells the story of the refugees who escaped the Nazi regime and found refuge in the UK through the remarkable images of photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf. Simon Parkin talks to the Norfolk filmmaker behind Through Lotte’s Lens.

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A new community hub in Holt to house the tourist information centre (TIC) and hold exhibitions could be up and running by May.

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Army and rail dignitaries will join museum staff at the presentation of the third nameplate cast for the Royal Norfolk Regiment steam locomotive, which runs on the North Norfolk Railway (NNR).

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A group from North Norfolk Coalition Against Cuts will be demonstrating at Kelling Hospital and in Holt town centre on Saturday, March 10.

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A farm company was wrongly penalised after a gamekeeper poisoned wild birds of prey to preserve game birds for shooting, the High Court has ruled.

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A pupil of Gresham’s School in Holt has been rewarded with a special certificate to mark his skill in speaking from the Book of Common Prayer.

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A youth football club is being backed by a car dealership which has provided new kits for coaches worth up to £300 for all future games and training sessions.

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A north Norfolk hospital chaplain has taken “early retirement” at the age of 96.

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Loneliness is one of the main problems facing people in rural north Norfolk and a community café in Holt has won recognition for the work it does in tackling the problem in the community.

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Millions fewer journeys are being made on Norfolk buses, with figures showing a near 10pc drop in passenger numbers within three years.

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A question mark is looming over the future of north Norfolk’s popular Coasthopper bus service, after Stagecoach announced it was reviewing its King’s Lynn-based operations.

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North Norfolk is on the road to becoming one of the first areas in the county to provide dementia-friendly trains and buses – a move which could have knock-on benefits for passengers with other health problems.

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A north Norfolk school has received a good Ofsted report.

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An intrepid brain injury survivor from north Norfolk has just completed the fourth leg of the Clipper 17/18 Round the World Yacht Race.

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A play set in north Norfolk that wowed audiences at the Holt Festival has been optioned by the TV production company behind Father Ted and Outnumbered.

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History does not record whose original idea it was - but 25 years ago a group of budding thespians decided there was enough talent in a north Norfolk village to support an annual pantomime.

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A laugh-out-loud coming of age comedy about sexual identity that was a hit at last year’s Holt Festival is being rolled out across the county.

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The Sheringham Post Office is advising their customers to get packages away by 1pm today before the shop closes for refurbishment.

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Another North Norfolk district councillor has quit the Conservative group, in the latest in a string of similar resignations.

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Hundreds of homes are without power in north Norfolk.

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A new residential development comprising 52 new homes could be built on land to the north-east of Hempstead Road in Holt.

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The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has become quite a cult figure among the young and Granny Corbyn - in the shape of a north Norfolk schoolgirl - came to the rescue in Aldborough Primary School’s Christmas show.

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Police are linking a number of incidents where cars were damaged in High Kelling, near Holt.

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Gresham’s Girls have recorded a second single, a cover version of the Depeche Mode song, Enjoy the Silence, to help raise money for school charities.

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The East Anglian air ambulance landed at a playing field in Briston in North Norfolk yesterday afternoon.

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An image of a row of sanderlings with their heads tucked under their wings was one of the winners at a photography competition.

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A slimmer lost 7st after being shamed into action following a frightening wake-up call on a Welsh mountain.

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They’ve done it again. Shortly after winning a competition against nine other clubs in the Fens, North Norfolk Photographic Society has beaten three more local camera clubs in a competition.

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A north Norfolk school has new double-glazed windows and doors worth £12,000 at its new outdoor learning centre, thanks to a donation from Anglian Home Improvements.

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Sentimental jewellery including an engraved 18ct gold bangle was stolen in a burglary in Holt.

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The number of people seeking help at the Cromer and district foodbank rose by 15pc this year.

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Three Big Finish audio dramas - one featuring the late Sir John Hurt - have been nominated for the BBC Audio Drama Awards.

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Years of work to prevent people in Norfolk being isolated could be undone if half a million pounds is cut from subsidies for bus routes, one of the region’s major operators has warned.

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He has spent a good part of the past 40 years serving his community and helping good causes around the world through Rotary.

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A wildlife photographer who travelled to the Falkland Islands to take pictures of penguins has been sharing his wisdom with a north Norfolk society.

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Visitors can choose from a range of Christmas present ideas at the Norfolk Christmas Fair at the Great Barn at Oxnead Hall, near Aylsham.

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Hundreds of people watched as Santa swapped his sleigh for a vintage red tractor, as he rode into Holt towing a trailer carrying Mary, Joseph and an elf for the annual Christmas lights switch-on.

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Pupils at a north Norfolk school created a poignant tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War.

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The family of a Norfolk actor have removed a bench placed in a Holt park in his memory after repeated vandalism.

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He’s more used to pony tails on an actual pony but four-year-old Kaiden Griffin looked quite at home for a hairdressing job with a difference.

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With the clocks going back and Halloween on the horizon this is a good time to celebrate darkness - and some of the blackest skies can be seen in north Norfolk.

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Two crews attended Byfords B&B on Shirehall Plain in Holt this afternoon.

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Latched On, a new breastfeeding café and clinic, opens in Holt on Wednesday, November 1, and aims to meet the lack of services in north Norfolk.

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We take a look at the finalists in the Skills of Tomorrow category of the EDP Business Awards 2017.

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The third annual Holt 1940s weekend raised thousands of pounds for charity.

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More signalling experience days will be held by North Norfolk Railway (NNR) next year.

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It was a day of celebration after an outcome that many people thought was impossible.

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A couple celebrating their 60th anniversary said “enjoying life” was the secret to a happy and long marriage.

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British lifestyle brand Joules is relocating its Holt store to a bigger and better site - and creating four new jobs.

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Anthony Baker didn’t choose the director’s life – the director’s life chose him.

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Tributes have been paid to David Shepherd, the former owner of North Norfolk Railway’s (NNR) popular Black Prince locomotive, who has died.

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People are being offered the chance to go behind the scenes where the late Sir John Hurt and Lesley Garrett performed in Holt.

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Three sheep have been killed and a further 16 injured in a field just off Holt Road in Gresham.

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A bakery which supplies cakes to the royal palaces is hoping to present a sweet offering to its regular customers with a new rewards club.

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A voluntary-led breastfeeding café and clinic run by mums and professionals is opening soon in Holt.

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A charity runner is taking part in the Somewhere under the Sun 2017 event over two days to raise money for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s Jenny Lind and NICU departments.

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He’s credited with saving the family business from being sold in the 1970s - and Anthony Baker has finally retired after 44 years as a director at Bakers and Larners in Holt.

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If you enjoy starry skies and want to discover the dark, then head down to two places in north Norfolk.

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Children at the Pilgrim Federation of primary schools in north Norfolk have a lot of activities to look forward to this year, including a live radio broadcast.

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Every possible vantage point was taken by people desperate to see steam locomotive 90775 haul a special train from the North Norfolk Railway (NNR) at Sheringham, after its revamp.

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A field in north Norfolk may not be the first place you would think to look for bejewelled relics, but one Norfolk resident was just that lucky.

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North Norfolk District Council has been urged to check the potential health impact on residents, and push for the least physically demanding option, should the Hornsea Project Three development be built 120km off the coast.

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The region’s biggest green lifestyle event, organised by North Norfolk District Council, is back.

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Passenger numbers were “good” at North Norfolk Railway’s autumn steam gala, despite one of the guest locomotives not being present.

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North Norfolk is set to be transported back in time for a celebration of the style, culture and character of the wartime era.

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August Bank Holiday is fast approaching and along with it comes the much anticipated three-day spectacle, north Norfolk’s friendliest festival, Trunchonbury.

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As diamond wedding anniversaries go, this celebration has to be one of the most unusual.

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Man in his 60s dies in Holt town centre

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The air ambulance was called to reports that a man in his 60s was suffering a cardiac arrest in Holt town centre - sadly, the man died.

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Students are celebrating at Sheringham High School after it recorded a 70pc pass rate at A*-C grades in its A-Level results.

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Volunteers have raised concerns about the future of a once thriving youth project after workers’ hours were cut.

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A North Norfolk couple opened their garden to the public and raised £475 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

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The homeless have a new benefactor in a Holt woman who is visiting music festivals in the region to collect discarded bedding and clothes to keep people warm this winter.

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It has been described as one of the most important cultural events in Norfolk, and Holt Festival’s outgoing artistic director said it had “great prospects” for the future.

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Conservation organisers and individuals are in a race against time to discover the special wildlife on North Norfolk’s coast.

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A pub that appeared to have the sword of Damocles hanging over it has risen like a phoenix from the ashes, and a new tearoom and deli are now being opened there.

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Little Daisy Pearson was just three months old when painful blisters started to inexplicably appear on her skin.

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What it’s like to grow up gay and working class in seemingly affluent north Norfolk.

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A new residential development in Holt will meet some of the demand for affordable homes, North Norfolk District Council’s cabinet member for housing, Richard Price said.

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High-street bank Santander has announced it’s closing its branch in Church Street, Cromer in September.

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Archery, street dance, and football are among a wide range of sports and activities on offer for youngsters during the summer holidays.

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Fears were raised that it was the end of an era when an annual arts festival in north Norfolk came to an end after 33 years.

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