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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.

Residents are being asked to give their views on a range of topics which could affect their town.

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An intrepid team of staff from two Norfolk companies battled an inflatable obstacle course to raise £9,000 for the East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) Nook Appeal.

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An Attleborough-based renewable heating company has been shortlisted in a national awards scheme for an installation for housing association Flagship Group.

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This is the moment CCTV footage shows a large marquee being ripped off the ground by severe Storm Aileen.

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Characterised by the distinct landscape of the Brecks, Wayland boasts areas of forests, miles of walking trails through beautiful countryside and traditional villages and hamlets.

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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 year after graduating, many students are still navigating their way on to a career path.

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Bureaucracy and a lack of resources are preventing smaller firms from taking advantage of public sector contracts, according to a business owner who managed to secure one.

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Food producer Cranswick says it has made a “positive start” to the financial year.

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He’s a member of a hardcore punk band and is a tour manager for other musical acts.

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The secret to a long life is to work hard, said one woman who is celebrating her 104th birthday this week.

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A major housebuilder has helped to enrich the facilities at a primary school near one of its newest developments.

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First teepees, then yurts, now shepherds huts – glamping options are getting ever more weird and wonderful.

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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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Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are 10 things to keep you entertained in mid and north Norfolk.

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Three fire crews were called out to deal with a flat on fire in Sprowston.

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Drive around Norwich and you will see signs of varying colours in gardens and windows.

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The East Anglian facilities of a national meat processing company will be “pivotal” in its continued expansion, according to its chief executive.

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It has been a prominent part of a town’s landscape for more than 300 years but recently an historic clock tower has been missing a tick and a tock.

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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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