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Your Town | North Walsham

Population: 12,463

Nearby Towns: Aylsham, Cromer, Sheringham

Like its better known village neighbour Worstead, North Walsham’s early prosperity was due to the cloth of incoming Flemish weavers.

In 1381 it was a battlefield at the climax of a Peasants’ Revolt, which saw the peasants defeated by the heavily armed forces of the Bishop of Norwich and the peasants’ leader Geoffrey Litester hung drawn and quartered.

Paston Sixth form College includes buildings from the old school bearing the same name where Horatio Nelson was educated from 1868-1771.

A great fire in 1600 destroyed 118 homes and the previous market cross.

Today’s town has a busy market, a £5m Atrium arts centre, and Davenport’s Magic Kingdom museum and performance centre.

A north Norfolk primary school is one of the first to take part in the Prince William Award programme, which helps build character and confidence.

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Successful GCSE students returned to North Walsham High School (NWHS) for a special awards evening.

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The new manager at a north Norfolk residential care home has worked in the industry for more than 20 years.

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A couple whose ice cream van was destroyed by arsonists said their “livelihood has gone up in flames.”

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A man had to jump to safety from a trailer when it was struck by a car on the weekend.

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It’s not the obvious choice of venue, but a man proposed to his betrothed in a vaping shop in North Walsham.

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Biscuits and chocolate are out and apples and carrots are in. That was the message given to young children at a north Norfolk school, as obesity rates and inactivity levels among youngsters reach epic proportions.

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Norwich City club captain Russell Martin has been showing his support for the wider community by opening a new shop in North Walsham.

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People are being urged to help a community-based cricket club in its fight to grab some much-needed cash from the Aviva Community Fund.

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A centenarian army veteran was among those marking Armistice Day at North Walsham War Memorial Hospital.

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A row has broken out on social media after a Norfolk pre-school was forced to close because not enough parents and carers attended its annual general meeting, as per its constitution.

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Cheques totalling more than £5,000 were handed over to worthy causes after a very successful Skeyton michaelmas trosh.

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People are being urged to vote to help a community project in North Walsham secure money towards a new play park in the town.

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The team behind a firm which provides residential care and support have been celebrated at a ceremony.

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Twenty staff who help provide affordable homes for those in need are sleeping rough for one night to raise awareness of homelessness and fundraise for the Norfolk and Suffolk charity Benjamin Foundation.

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Twenty-five scholarships worth £500 were awarded to students at Paston College that had achieved extremely high standards in their summer GCSE exams.

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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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Reepham and its surrounding villages have a new police beat manager.

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Like others, North Walsham-based pastry Chef Joaquim Teles has been following the progress of contestants on The Great British Bake Off.

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A van ended up on its side in a road crash near North Walsham.

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Regular theatre is making a comeback in North Walsham with a season of shows in a new pop up theatre initiative.

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A north Norfolk girls’ football team has scored big - after being kitted out for the new season.

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Students had the chance to quiz best-selling American author Michael Grant when he dropped into North Walsham High School (NWHS) as part of a promotional tour for his new novel, Monster.

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Wellies on and kit off - that was the (un)dress code for North Walsham Young Farmers’ Club members during photo shoots for a charity calendar.

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Businesses rallied round to save a popular annual calendar showcasing archive photographs of the North Walsham area when its future was in doubt.

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Extra helpers are needed to make the North Walsham Poppy Appeal another popular success and beat last year’s record collection of £16,759.

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A teenager’s karting passion led to his parents buying the local go-karting track in north Norfolk.

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Road safety campaigners were out in force in North Walsham calling for safety improvements including a 20mph speed limit.

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

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Road safety campaigners in North Walsham are pressing for improvements to be made in the town.

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A grandmother-of-two who raised about £20,000 in north Norfolk has been praised by a cancer charity for her work, ahead of her funeral.

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Firefighters from Norfolk stations will no longer respond to medical emergencies, raising fears lives could be put at risk.

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A woman had to be cut free from a car by firefighters after a crash in north Norfolk.

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Calls have been made for a Norfolk councillor to be reprimanded and removed from a position of leadership at a parish council, after she was found to have breached the code of conduct.

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More than 50 people attended the official opening of Sustead Common nature reserve in North Norfolk.

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A teenager is looking forward to raising lots of money for charity in her role as the student president of Paston Sixth Form College in North Walsham.

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Open top bus tours of the former RAF Coltishall site have proved so popular that they are fully booked.

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It’s normal for Norfolk, as they say ... The Blessing of the Plough has become a popular annual event in Honing, near north Walsham, and was held as part of a fundraising weekend in the small parish.

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It’s normally its sister railway bridge less than a mile away in Cromer Road that is notorious for being clipped by tall vehicles - but this time it happened at the Norwich Road bridge in North Walsham.

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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 daughter of a popular surfer who dedicated countless hours training others to save lives is fundraising in his memory by running, cycling and kayaking across Scotland.

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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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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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Britain’s first national museum of magic has opened in North Walsham, on the site of the former Davenport’s Magic Kingdom in Cromer Road.

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Passengers described hearing a “loud bang” when a train hit a branch on the line between North Walsham and Cromer.

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Young people in Badersfield in north Norfolk enjoyed the first session of the summer at their new youth club.

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A mop-up operation is underway after a thunder and lightning storm left a trail of destruction across North Norfolk.

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A 65-year-old man who was left unable to walk after a brain injury four years ago has set off on the toughest endurance challenge on the planet and won’t be coming home for nearly a year.

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A North Walsham man has pleaded not guilty to enabling customers to illegally stream Sky television content.

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Happisburgh-based Ollands Farm Foods has won two stars for its Seville Orange Marmalade at the Great Taste Awards 2017, which celebrate the best in food and drink.

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Revised plans to build 200 new homes in North Walsham have been refused - despite the latest proposals including plans for 90 affordable homes.

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A gymnastics club is doing somersaults after coming out top in a national competition.

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Volunteers are needed for a project aiming to bring to life the famous letters of a Norfolk family who rose from peasantry to aristocracy.

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It played a pivotal role in defending the country during the Second World War and monitored hostile activity in the skies until the end of the Cold War.

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A charity weekend which attracts hundreds of visitors over its three days got under way this evening with a five-mile run won by a first time entrant.

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A Norfolk chef is set to take on a 100 mile bike ride as part of Prudential’s RideLondon.

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A Liberal Democrat candidate who was suspended by his party after being charged with fraud has been elected on to North Walsham Town Council.

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With the summer holidays upon us, many tend to travel further afield for a break.

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Being a child at school has changed an awful lot in 70 years, pupils at one north Norfolk primary found out.

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More than 400 patients have been helped by a lifesaving partnership between firefighters and ambulance staff in Norfolk.

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People in a north Norfolk village rallied round to buy a defibrillator, as part of “a real community effort”.

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Mundesley medical centre has a winning team after receptionist Emma Blyth scooped the customer service and retail award at the Poultec Training Achievers’ awards.

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Forty-eight hours non-stop playing pool sounds like a tough challenge.

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A North Walsham student helped his team achieve a silver medal at a world championships in France.

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Former RAF engineer Sean Robson is one of the four new teachers starting at North Walsham High School this half-term.

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A further 81 much-needed affordable homes will be built by a housing association in Norfolk, after it signed contracts worth £9.2m.

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Police are appealing for information after a trailer was stolen in Scottow, near North Walsham.

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Services between Norwich and Sheringham, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth could be disrupted for the rest of the day.

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Naturalists are celebrating the return of a rare sight for Norfolk - an endangered wildflower is once again blooming at two sites near North Walsham.

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A man in his 80s died when his car left the road near North Walsham.

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A lorry driver was acting on “pure instinct” when he saved a motorist’s life and almost certainly prevented a multiple pile-up.

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A plain clothes police officer was assaulted in Sainsbury’s supermarket in North Walsham.

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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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A once in a lifetime proposal to bolster sea defences at Bacton Gas Terminal in north Norfolk and nearby villages has moved to the next stage.

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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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A teenager has been charged with assaulting a police officer at a North Walsham funfair.

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Employers have been praised for embracing a work experience programme, after all 127 Year 10 students at North Walsham High School found placements.

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A small leading lady will take to the stage opposite a tall leading man when the Mundesley Players starts its musical comedy run of ‘The Pirates of Pen’s Aunts’.

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A teenage boy has been arrested after a police car was damaged in North Walsham.

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Youngsters in Sheringham were among those helped by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) to carry out litter picks.

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Two women were injured after an altercation involving five people in Stalham High Street.

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It’s an impressive site that is rarely open to the public.

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When teenager Ed Cubitt looks out over the North Walsham and Dilham Canal at Ebridge, it’s in the knowledge that he has helped open it up for thousands to enjoy.

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Have you seen this wanted man?

Friday, June 23, 2017

A man is wanted on recall to prison after breaching the terms of his licence.

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Happisburgh RNLI lifeboat station in north Norfolk has received a £500 cash boost from the Oddfellows’ Trafalgar branch, based in North Walsham.

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North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb knows his first opponent in the Liberal Democrats’ leadership race should he stand.

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Can you guess the occupation this flower arranger is alluding to with her display?

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He’s one of the bookies’ favourites to become the Liberal Democrats’ new leader, but North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb still has to carry out his official duties.

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Broadland Chess Club travelled to Suffolk to play Ipswich in the final of the Norfolk and Suffolk Cup - and brought the trophy back to the county once again.

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Life-saving volunteers in the Stalham area have responded to more emergency calls in the first few months of 2017 than they have in the whole of last year.

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A dog whose body was found tied to a concrete weight in the River Thurne on the Norfolk Broads may have been alive when it went into the water.

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Drinkers are celebrating after their north Norfolk local reopened under its old name, with the owner promising to make it a “drinking pub” again.

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Organisers of a race run to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) had to call it out after a runner collapsed.

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North Walsham Gymnastics Club needs the public’s voting help to get a much-needed helping hand towards the building of its new facility.

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North Norfolk Liberal Democrat candidate Norman Lamb has received the backing of Queen legend Brian May, ahead of the General Election.

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It was a case of on your marks, get set go, as a former RAF site was transformed into a children’s racetrack for the day.

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