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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.

Tributes have been paid to a “Norfolk gentleman” who worked for over 30 years as a magistrate and was also a devoted family man.

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Controversial plans for an off-shore wind farm sparked a public debate at a meeting hosted by a Norfolk MP.

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A new Co-op food store and a care village could be built on the old station yard site in Reepham.

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A Norfolk brewery will be featured at the biggest beer festival in the country - partly thanks to a team member having to go gluten free.

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People in north Norfolk can have their say on plans for a controversial off-shore wind farm at a meeting hosted by MP Norman Lamb.

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Cromer will host the Rotary Club of Holt and District’s 12th annual golf day for the first time.

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A motorist was lucky to escape with slight injuries after a car overturned and ended up on its roof.

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Ex-pupils and rugby internationals Tom and Ben Youngs were the special guests at Gresham’s in Holt as it marked the end of the academic year.

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More than 100 objections have been made to proposals to build four huge silos within 30 metres of a country park.

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A raising the roof fundraising auction is being held at a Norfolk church that was twice targeted by lead thieves last year.

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A popular annual arts festival has special Norfolk Day events planned in its 10th anniversary year.

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Four inland market towns in north Norfolk are set to get a £400,000 boost to help regeneration.

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Police have released CCTV images of two women they want to speak to after an incident of fraud at Budgens in Holt.

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A Norfolk fayre returned on the weekend and was so successful it will be back next year.

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Police have identified two men sought in connection with a theft in Holt.

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Police have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to in connection with a theft in Holt.

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Organisers of the fourth annual Holt 1940s weekend are inviting stall-holders to set up a pitch in the north Norfolk town.

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Traditionally held around the Summer Solstice, the Aldborough fayre in north Norfolk stretches back almost 800 years to the 13th century.

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Police have released CCTV images of two people they want to talk to following a supermarket fraud in Holt.

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A six-week consultation has started on a draft neighbourhood development plan which will help shape the future of two north Norfolk villages.

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Naturalist and broadcaster Simon King officially opened a new 600 sq m wildlife pond and hide area at Kelling Heath Holiday Park in north Norfolk.

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A wartime evacuee has been reliving wonderful memories of his time at a Norfolk farm where three spinster sisters used to bathe him and his two brothers.

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The A148 in north Norfolk has reopened following a multiple-vehicle accident.

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Norfolk mother Kyra Welch, writes about her experiences with her terminally ill four-year-old son Kaiden Griffin.

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A young mother has seen her dream come true, as the keys to her own home in the town she grew up in were handed to her.

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A fundraising auction is being held at a Norfolk church that was twice targeted by lead thieves last year.

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An iconic Norfolk name is celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2020.

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A classic vehicles show and vintage fair will be held to raise money for vital repairs at a 1,000-year-old Norfolk church.

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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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