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Your Town | Watton

Population: 6,819

Nearby Towns: Attleborough, Dereham, Swaffham

Watton is a typical mid Norfolk market town with a weekly market on a Wednesday morning.

The nearby Wayland Wood is believed to be the scene of the old English folk tale the Babes in the Wood and the town sign reflects this link.

The town hosts the Wayland Agricultural Show each year which is one of the oldest and largest shows of its kind.

Formerly home to an RAF base some of the area’s big employers now include Cranswick Country Foods and Exheat.

Her son’s battle with cancer has been well documented and now Callie Blackwell has been meeting with supporters during an emotional book signing event at Jarrold department in store in Norwich to share her own experiences.

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A renewable energy firm has secured two major East Anglian contracts together worth more than £1m.

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A mother-of-three is hoping to raise awareness of meningitis in adults after she was affected by the infection at the age of 27.

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A mother from Watton appeared on ITV’s This Morning to talk about how she secretly gave her son cannabis to save his life.

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We may have lost an hour in bed this morning - but the region has been treated to glorious blue skies and sunshine for start of British Summer Time.

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The mother of a boy with one of the rarest types of cancer ever has revealed she gave her son cannabis because she was “desperate to find something to alleviate his suffering”.

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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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A topping out ceremony with a difference was performed to celebrate a new village housing development.

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A 22-year-old car salesman is racing towards a £250,000 first-year turnover with the help of start-up funding from his university.

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Most people may have given up on their New Year’s fitness resolutions - but one man is sticking with his as part of a challenge to run a half-marathon for every month this year.

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Three convenience stores could face closure, with up to 95 jobs at risk, after the owner placed them into administration.

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The boss of one of the region’s key house-builders has said shortages of skills and raw materials are among many factors hindering house building.

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Take a trip down literary lane at an art gallery’s first exhibition of 2017.

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A town council is looking to find “common ground” with its MP after he offered to help it put together a town plan.

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Detectives are appealing for information after a handbag was stolen during a burglary in Watton.

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More than half a century of sports gatherings on the late “Gentleman” Jack Sears’ estate will end on a high next month.

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Campaigners spent hours in peaceful protest outside a Norfolk factory to comfort animals on their way to slaughter.

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Founded in 1921, the Royal British Legion has provided a helping hand – financially and emotionally – to servicemen and women for nearly a century.

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Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision in Griston which left a woman in a critical condition.

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Animal rights campaigners will be comforting animals on their “final journey” outside a slaughterhouse in the largest protest of its kind in Norfolk in recent times.

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Forensic investigators were called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Griston earlier today.

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a crash in Stow Bedon.

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Plans for a new housing development close to a county wildlife site have been rejected by councillors.

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A new fair focused on all things green is taking place in Norfolk this month.

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Members of a museum group followed in the footsteps of a famous historical figure to collect some valuable additions to their equipment stores.

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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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Bomb disposal experts were called to a Norfolk town today after a grenade was found in a garage.

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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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For those with few relatives or friends, Christmas is a time with fewer things to look forward to.

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Managers of a community-run leisure centre are determined it will remain open despite an ongoing struggle to secure funding.

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An inmate who viciously attacked a prison governor, leaving him with serious injuries, has been jailed for three years.

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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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A motorcyclist is still in hospital two months after suffering serious injuries in a road traffic collision.

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A former church warden who was a key player in a Church of England scandal 20 years ago has been remembered by his wife as a witty and intelligent man.

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The head of two primary schools who led both into becoming a federation is saying goodbye to both schools.

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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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Young patients were given a direct line to the North Pole to pass on their Christmas wishes at a Norfolk hospital.

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Could you spare a few hours a week to volunteer as a transport link for a rural community?

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A Women’s Institute club has given an early Christmas gift to dementia sufferers at a local care home.

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Fire crews were called to tackle a building fire in Watton this afternoon.

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A former youth football coach is lacing up his boots again to take part in one of the UK’s most famous sports challenges.

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Home builders across the region have welcomed a new multi-million pound scheme to end the construction industry’s skills shortage – but warned there is no quick fix.

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Nativities are a traditional staple of the festive period, but a church in Watton has performed its Christmas story with a twist.

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An entrepreneur who gave a makeover to a 300-year-old pub is now providing makeovers for her customers inside it.

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A man has been jailed for trying to smuggle a mobile phone and cannabis into a Norfolk prison.

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A market town is celebrating another successful festive fair.

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Thousands of people packed town centres across the county today for the traditional Christmas lights switch-on events.

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Supporters of a young boy suffering from a rare form of cancer are fundraising to help make his last wishes come true.

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A couple are planning their first proper holiday in eight years after winning the opportunity to have their mortgage paid for a year.

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A town burdened by new housing developments in recent years is revisiting the idea of creating a neighbourhood plan.

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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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Wreckage from Spitfire crash at auction

Friday, November 18, 2016

A relic from Norfolk’s First World War history which lay hidden for more than 20 years is going under the hammer.

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A touch of Dibley will be coming to a Norfolk town this Christmas as a church hosts a Nativity with a difference – featuring live animals.

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Custodians of a popular beauty spot are considering invasive and potentially expensive measures to guarantee its future.

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A new haven of manly pursuits from snooker to sawing has officially opened.

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

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A town council’s first fireworks display is being hailed as a sparkling success.

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A farmer who saw 1,200 tonnes of straw bales go up in smoke on his land believes he was targeted by arsonists.

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A young civil engineer has been commended for his achievements on a college course.

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A district council has pledged to do what it can to save an ailing leisure centre.

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Emergency services are on the scene of a two vehicle RTC near Saham Toney.

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For Christine Hankin, getting on a bus with her mobility scooter took a lot of courage.

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A new website designed to turn a rural patch of mid Norfolk into a tourist destination has been launched.

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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 landmark shop which has been a feature of its town for 60 years is being given a new lease of life after being bought by a former friendly rival.

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A dementia sufferer has spoken of her sadness that a day care centre on which she relies is set to close.

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A new crematorium has been granted planning permission by a district council for the third time.

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Serious concerns over pupils safeguarding and a lack of proper checks on staff are among the problems found at an infant school by inspectors.

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On grounds where a Norman knight who fought alongside William the Conqueror once roamed, school children armed with pencils and clipboards learned about one of the most famous and important battles in English history.

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Residents of a Norfolk village are celebrating the unveiling of its new sign after a year-long campaign to raise the money for its replacement.

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A cat owner has thanked the actions of an RSPCA officer who retrieved her moggy in a late night rescue mission.

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After being gifted a model skeleton earlier this year, a museum group has inherited another fascinating slice of local history for its archives.

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A circus director who made his name as a clown performing at a Norfolk farm is looking for members of his community to take part in a Christmas show.

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Adults and children alike were taken back to the classroom at a Victorian school’s open day.

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A town’s air and army cadets have celebrated moving into a new shared base.

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A gallery in Watton is hosting a multimedia exhibition with works from 26 local artists.

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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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Police are investigating after the driver of a truck was seen acting suspiciously in Saham Toney.

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Westfield Infant School and Nursery in Watton and Forest Academy in Brandon are among three community causes in their areas to have been shortlisted for the Bags of Help Campaign.

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Residents who were hit badly by this summer’s floods are a step closer to making their homes safer after a meeting between town bosses and the floods authority.

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Is there an unloved green space in your community? A new scheme by the Wayland Partnership is aiming to help local communities tidy up these areas.

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Five fire crews are currently on the scene of a blaze at an industrial unit in Watton.

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Two children’s sport coaches are encouraging more tots in their town to take up tennis following the smashing success of GB’s Olympic and Wimbledon stars this summer.

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Police are appealing for information after more than £1,000 worth of goods were stolen from a shop in Watton.

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A market town is inviting visitors to take a trip to Tinsel Town at its annual carnival.

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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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A woman has been charged after being found in possession of drugs while visiting Wayland Prison.

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A church community will be singing the praises of their supporters after raising the £37,000 needed to refurbish their building’s organ.

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Anyone in the acting business will tell you that the rewards for your hard graft are often poor.

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The capacity of the countryside to enthrall and entertain – as well as provide the food for our tables – was highlighted to thousands of visitors at one of the UK’s longest-running agricultural shows.

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Heritage enthusiasts are celebrating the launch of a new book which explores the effects of the First World War on their communities.

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Two youths have been charged in connection with a spate of arson attacks in Watton.

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An ambitious five-year plan to double in size and break into the dry pet food market has driven Natures Menu to invest £10.5m in a new factory.

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Disgruntled residents who feel the open spaces on their estate have been allowed to deteriorate are taking matters into their own hands.

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The traditional appeal of the countryside – coupled with some high-energy entertainment – is expected to bring thousands of visitors to Watton this weekend for one of the UK’s longest-running agricultural shows.

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Six local charities in Breckland have benefitted from donations from Norwich & Peterborough Building Society.

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A farm owner has won planning permission for four units to house pigs on their site despite concerns about the effect of increased traffic on an ancient pathway.

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Young gymnasts were bending over backwards in their aim to be crowned winners in a sports gala.

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