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Population: 6,935

Nearby Towns: Dereham, Downham Market, Watton

It was all hands to the pump for staff at the grand opening of a new village store in Castle Acre, near Swaffham.

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The Swaffham Lions held their annual seniors Christmas lunch this weekend and welcomed special guests, including the Conservative MP for South West Norfolk, Liz Truss.

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A man has been arrested after being found in a car with false polish number plates.

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The country’s favourite time lord has been around for more than half a century, but there’s never been an adventure set in Norfolk - until now.

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When Robert Fleming watched one of the world’s most powerful weapons detonate 60 years ago, little did he know of the lasting impact it would have on future generations.

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Residents held a demonstration instead of attending a public consultation for two of Norfolk’s largest offshore wind farms.

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Joseph Every, from Swaffham, was only two when he lost his mum Joanna Every to cancer.

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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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The trustees of a sports field in Swaffham are overjoyed the property will be included in a ‘Bags of Help’ charity scheme.

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Breckland could see the installation of four charging points for electric and hybrid vehicles after councillors agreed to bid for Highways England funds.

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Ninety children from a north Norfolk school visited the Green Britain Centre in Swaffham, as part of their eco week.

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An inquest has opened into the death of a Swaffham man who was the victim of a car crash on the A47 at Scarning, near Dereham.

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An independent Norfolk gaming shop has raised £157 for a Swaffham-based dementia and mental health charity.

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The victim of a fatal crash on the A47 at Scarning on Saturday was from the Swaffham area, police have said.

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New or relocating businesses in Breckland’s five market towns are being given the opportunity to claim up to 80 percent rate relief in their first year.

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A programme of resurfacing and improvements to the A47 in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk were unveiled at an exhibition in King’s Lynn.

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A Norfolk teenager who launched her own line of clothing inspired by the North Norfolk coast displayed her latest products at last week’s Holkham Country Fair.

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A golf day has raised over £4000 for armed forces charity SSAFA, the East Anglian Air Ambulance and other Rotary good causes.

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Golfers took to the tees of Swaffham Golf Club in warm sunshine for a charity event organised by the town’s Rotary Club.

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A roar of jet engines sing the Tornado’s swan song.

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The community rallied round to support a village fete on one of the hottest days of the year.

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A new piece of public art designed by two Swaffham school students was unveiled in the town as a gift from a Norfolk-based house builder.

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A farmer has thanked “the spirit of Norfolk” for the swift return of his calf which went missing over the weekend.

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The Norfolk potato harvest is under way – hailed as a significant moment in the culinary calendar by one of the county’s top chefs.

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A schoolgirl from Swaffham has completed a challenge most adults would find physically tough.

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A 12-year-old from Swaffham has set off on a 47-mile challenge to raise money for her school.

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They have done everything together all their lives and that always includes celebrating their shared birthday with a pint of Guinness at their local.

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Three friends are running marathons to raise money for a charity that provides support for renal patients in Norfolk.

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Swaffham Golf Club has presented a cheque for £1,000 to NANSA, an independent charity that supports children, teenagers and adults with disabilities across the county.

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A Swaffham woman diagnosed with Parkinson’s at 43 is taking part in a 5.5mile charity walk to prove she can still live a full life.

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A nurse and midwife, who was made an MBE for services to the community, has died aged 85.

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A popular folk festival will return again to its woodland clearing in mid Norfolk with another eclectic mix of music, crafts and entertainment.

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A 24-year-old from Swaffham, who used a vulnerable man’s bank cards to buy goods on the internet, will have to pay compensation and complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

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A 34-year-old man from Watton has been jailed for 32 months and given a five-year Community Behaviour Order.

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Dereham feels as if it “has a gun at its head” with regard to approving large scale housing applications, a Breckland Council meeting heard.

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Opticians up for two industry awards

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

An opticians has its sights set high after being shortlisted for two awards in a national competition.

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It is one of the most extraordinary sights that nature bestows.

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Dissatisfaction with traditional schooling has seen the number of parents in Norfolk shunning the classroom for the flexibility of home educating treble over a decade.

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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 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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