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Population: 6,935

Nearby Towns: Dereham, Downham Market, Watton

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

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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 has never had a war memorial until now.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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

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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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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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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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

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

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