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

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Swaffham mayor Paul Darby, town cryer Nigel Wilkin and Swaffham Lions president John Collins at a civic reception hosted by Swaffham Town Council to mark the centenary of the Lions. Picture by Dennis Tallon

The centenary of a global community organisation has been celebrated in style in a Norfolk town.

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A fundraiser for late Swaffham postwoman Carol has raised £3,600 for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. (L-R) Kay Wells, hospital fundraiser Laurence Morlaas, Pam Tallon (Swaffham Lions), Philip Welham (Post Office), John Collins (Swaffham Lions president), Nicolas Ashford (Swaffham Lion), Carol's sister June Cross and her mother Joy Maclean. Picture by Dennis Tallon

A community has dug deep in memory of a much-loved postwoman to raise money for a local hospital.

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Family Action’s ESCAPE Project and Wissey Valley Arts, with support from the Norfolk Community Foundation, came together for the annual Wassail at the Swaefas Swale Community Orchard, Swaffham. Pictured is Sharon Clifton. Picture: Ian Burt

Allotmenteers staged a centuries-old fertility rite in a bid to boost their crop.

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Swaffham gets set to wassail, wassail

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Wassailers will be blessing the apple trees in Swaffham on Saturday. Picture: Sonya Duncan

A centuries-old ceremony is being held tomorrow on Saturday to bless the trees in a community orchard.

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The Meet Up community centre in Thetford is one of three organisations in Breckland to have received a match-funding grant from the district council. Picture by Sonya Duncan

A new sports facility, a popular community centre and a village play area are to benefit from more than £30,000 of grant funding from a district council.

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Breckland Council. Picture: Ian Burt

A programme of creative activities designed to give older people and those with dementia opportunities to get active and socialise is set to expand again after receiving grant funding from a district council.

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Swaffham Town centre for Love Local. Picture; Matthew Usher.

Almost £25,000 is being made available to further enhance Breckland’s five market towns and attract more visitors and businesses.

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Breckland Council. Picture: Ian Burt

Residents and businesses are being invited to have their say on Breckland Council’s draft budget for 2017/18.

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Group Captain Rich Davies helping out at the annual Christmas dinner, held in the officers' mess. Picture: SAC Hannah Beevers.

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

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The Tea Pot Cafe in Swaffham is opening on Christmas Day to feed those in need. Owner Sandra Berryman and apprentice Ruth Neale.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

It is often said that Christmas is a time for giving, and that’s a sentiment being taken to heart by community-spirited folk in Swaffham.

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Breckland district councillor Lynda Turner is taking part in the council's programme of events for Local Democracy Week.

Breckland Council is calling on people to ‘Recycle Right’ this Christmas to ensure as much recycling as possible is collected from across the district and waste diverted to landfill is minimised.

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The new footpath outside the Campingland Community Centre in Swaffham. Pictured are youngsters from the Teenie Iceni Day Nursery. Picture: Ian Burt

Nursery and schoolchildren can now make their journeys in safety after a community organisation funded a new footpath.

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Police want to speak to the driver of a silver car who failed to stop after a crash involving three vehicles on the A47 at Swaffham.

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Staff ham Family Action Group receive a donation of £900 from the Swaffham Spiritual Awareness Group.
Jo Jacklin, group facilitator for family action receives the cheque from Richard Butters.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2016

A community organisation has extended a hand of friendship to another with a generous donation.

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Pictured is the first of the UKs F-35B Lightning II jets to be flown to the UK. Crown copyright.

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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RAF Marham: official opening of a memorial wall at the aviation heritage centre. Picture: SAC Edward Wright [RAF]

RAF Marham has never had a war memorial until now.

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Organisers Jamie Bell and Katrina Kerslake, with a military jeep at Caleb's Car Fest., a fundraiser for five-year-old Caleb McCulloch who has cancer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A community has rallied round to help a five-year-old boy with a rare form of cancer enjoy as many special events from his bucket list as possible.

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Visitors to the Thetford's Christmas lights switch in 2012. Photograph Simon Parker

Towns around Breckland are preparing to herald in the festive season with the switch-on of their Christmas lights.

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Street sign

Choosing a name for anything – from a new baby to a new car – can prove a challenge.

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Tony and Luke Bridges braved the shave at the Town Barbers in Swaffham in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Courtesy of Tony Bridges

After years of donating to a cancer charity, a former RAF serviceman went one step further by shaving his head in its aid.

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Pudsey at BBC Radio Norfolk's Children in Need Sports Day. Photo: Wymondham Leisure Centre

Children and adults across the county are taking part in the final push to raise money for the 2016 Children in Need appeal which takes place tonight.

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The Black Swan in Little Dunham is run by Richard and Nicola Ward. Picture: Ian Burt

A west Norfolk pub with a Horatio Nelson connection has reopened its doors after being closed for three years.

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Official opening of the new Early Years area at Litcham School. Picture: Ian Burt

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

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Gull Stones and Cuckoos is an anthology written by women from Watton during the Rural Writes project, managed by Norfolk Library Services and Words and Women.

Amateur writers are celebrating the culmination of a project to depict life in rural Norfolk.

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Robert and Barry Conway celebrate the business's century of success

Clearly for family-run Dipple and Conway Opticians, a century of successful business is as simple as piece of cake.

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Rewards for young people who show good behaviour are at the centre of a new pilot scheme being launched by police today.

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Breckland Council. Picture: Ian Burt

The deadline is approaching for Breckland residents to have their say on growth and development in their district over the next 20 years.

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L/CPL Arran Baldwin recieves his course award
 CREDIT Dominic King Army Press Office (Germany)

A soldier is celebrating after being named as the best member of his promotion course.

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Marham choir features on festive album

Monday, October 17, 2016
RAF Marham military wives choir: Pictures Brian Sadler

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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Dave Wilby, of Montagu Close, Swaffham, has been jailed for 12 years for raping a mother he met on dating website Plenty Of Fish.

A 35-year-old man who raped a mother in her own home after meeting her on a dating website has today been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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Norfolk Constabulary police vehicle. Picture: James Bass.

Five vehicles were damaged on the same road in an overnight crime spree.

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Councillors Paul Darby, Mick Peake, Baron Chenery of Horsbrugh and Graham Peake all had liability orders granted by councils to collect unpaid council tax.

Their decisions determine how millions of pounds of our money is spent.

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The A47 at Swaffham. Picture: Ian Burt

A motorcyclist suffered multiple leg injuries in a crash on the A47 at Sporle, near Swaffham, on Friday afternoon.

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The Heritage House charity run on the Holkham Estate. Picture: Ian Burt

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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Swaffham - Picture by Matthew Usher

Police in Swaffham have seized a haul of drugs, believed to be heroin, with an estimated street value of between £18,000 and £19,000.

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The Redland Roof Tiles site in Brandon Road, Swaffham.

Did you work at Redlands Roof Tiles in Swaffham in the 80s or 90s?

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Breckland Council. Picture: Ian Burt

Residents in Breckland are being encouraged to give their views on where future development should take place in their district.

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Sinead Murray has caught the biking bug after cycling from Brighton to London: Supplied by Sinead Murray

A King’s Lynn woman has compiled a bucket list of future cycle rides after catching the biking bug on a 54-mile Brighton to London event.

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Rural Life - Swaffham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Four new automatic electronic defibrillators (AEDs) will be installed in Breckland after the district council approved two grant funding bids totalling just over £2,700.

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Lynn biker’s ride for new charity

Saturday, September 10, 2016
Sinead Murray: Pictues supplied.

A King’s Lynn woman is biking 54 miles from London to Brighton tomorrowto raise money for a new domestic abuse charity.

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Children from Sacred Heart School in Swaffham with their Harvest Festival baskets, which were presented as part of Brecks Food Festival 2014. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The flavours of the Brecks will be enticing foodies from far and wide during the area’s sixth food and drink festival.

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Henry Bett at court last year. Photo credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A Norfolk farmer jailed for his part in a road crash in which a woman was killed today took his appeal against conviction before top judges.

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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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Charles Carter, Breckland Council's executive member for growth.

A key document which will shape the future development of Breckland will now go out to public consultation after lengthy debate by councillors.

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Dedication service recreated at RAF Marham

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Re-dedication of RAF Marham's 'Blue Bull' roundabout. Pictured is the Tornado flypast. Picture: Ian Burt

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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The A47 at Little Fransham has been re-opened following a crash near the Canary and Linnet pub.

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Photograph taken by SAC Rose Buchanan of a specially painted RAF Tornado GR4 at RAF Marham. It's up for an award in a photography competition.

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

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Police believe the two suspects may have been working as part of a larger team. Picture: Ian Burt

A private church service at RAF Marham has been postponed following a week of drama.

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Breckland Council is running a programme of sports and games for children over the summer holidays.

A programme of summer activities gets underway today to give youngsters in Breckland a chance to take part in a range of sports and games during the school holidays.

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Staff from Academy Transformation Trust have been honoured with awards at the House of Commons. Pictured: Charlotte Cowles, head of media studies at Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham, receives her award from ATT board chair Steve Tilsley.

Academy staff in Norfolk and Suffolk have been commended at a special ceremony in the House of Commons.

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Four fire crews have been tackling a blaze at a caravan site just off the A47 in Swaffham.

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Charlene Waldron and Jessica Thompson, staff members at Meadow House Nursing Home in Swaffham, have taken part in a charity sky dive. Pictured here with some of the home's residents.

Two nursing home staff members have taken a huge leap of faith in aid of a national charity.

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The F-35 Lightning making a first flypast over its future home at RAF Marham. Picture: Ian Burt

The future of British fighter jets emerged out of a cloudy west Norfolk sky to audible gasps from the hundreds of people watching.

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Swaffham is set to get more than 500 new homes.  Picture Matthew Usher.

The face of Swaffham is set to change following the approval of three separate planning applications to Breckland council.

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Scenes from War at the Hollows, raising money for the QEH Breast Cancer Unit - Darren Porter, dressed as a soldier from Seaforth 3/4th battalions in the trenches. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A site where First World War training trenches have been discovered went back to era to host an unusual fundraising event for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

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Lizzy Ostler, 17, a professional cookery student at City College Norwich, has achieved third place in the Cook South Africa! Young Chef of the Year competition. Lizzy, from Bradenham, is a chef at the restaurant of the Stratton Hotel in Swaffham.

A teenage chef has had her first taste of success after achieving third place in a national cookery competition.

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MP Liz Truss (front) opens the new Carers Trust office at the Green Britain Centre in Swaffham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

An organisation which aims to support carers of all ages has opened its new offices in a town.

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Police have today appealed for witnesses after an elderly woman died from injuries caused by a crash in Swaffham four months ago.

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Norfolk Police are appealing for witnesses after an altercation in West Earlham. Photo: Steve Adams

Police in Norfolk have been targeting speeding drivers this week as part of an enforcement campaign which started on Monday.

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A duck in Swaffham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A council is ruffling feathers as it attempts to move on a horde of troublesome ducks which have caused complaints in a town.

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An off duty special constable followed the driver along the A47 and called 999. Photo: Steve Adams

Paul Layden was four times the legal drink drive limit when he was breathalysed after crashing his car on an A47 slip road at Swaffham, a court heard today.

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Graham Butcher in safety advert: J.Wright

A former policeman who was forced to quit after a motorcycle crash is spearheading an awareness campaign urging drivers to pay extra attention to bikers.

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WW2 veteran Philip Ward from West Winch, has received the Legion d'Honneur from the French government for his part in the Battle of Normandy. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A 91-year-old Second World War veteran who saw action during the Battle of Normandy has been rewarded for his bravery by the French government.

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First bus in Norwich; Photo: Bill Smith

First has announced changes to its X1 bus service between Norwich and Peterborough which will come into action on April 17.

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The AHDB's Dereham Monitor Farm: Swanton Morley Farms, near Dereham. Pictured: Farm manager Simon Brock in a field of the season's first oilseed rape flowers.

A farm near Dereham has become Norfolk’s first Monitor Farm – joining a national knowledge-sharing network aiming to increase the profitability of businesses growing cereals and oilseeds.

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Breckland Council is trialling a new scheme to make some areas where children play smoke-free. L-R: Heather Chant, 13, Marion Chapman-Allen, Breckland Council executive member for public protection, Craig Fowler, Breckland Council food, health and safety manager, and Rebekah Chant, 9, at the Sandy Lane play area in Dereham.

Town councillors have given the green light to an initiative to introduce voluntary smoke-free zones in areas used by children.

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RAF Tornado GR4 jets. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire

Reports on social media earlier today that a Tornado had crashed near RAF Marham have been confirmed to be incorrect.

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Police Officers were called to a property in Gorleston. Picture: James Bass.

Police have thanked the public after a missing 35-year-old man from Swaffham was found safe and well.

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Swaffham crash

A road was blocked after a crash between a car and a lorry in Swaffham town centre this afternoon.

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