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Your Town | Wymondham

Population: 23,120

Nearby Towns: Attleborough, Dereham, Norwich

Wymondham is a historic market town situated just outside of Norwich on the A11. It is known for its long-standing farmers’ market, 900-year-old Wymondham Abbey and rich history, including the 1549 Kett’s Rebellion. Today, it is home to a thriving independent high street, as well as several high-tech businesses on its outskirts.

Residents fear historic sites, such as Morley St Botolph church, near Wymondham, would be affected by the visual impact of a 2MW anaerobic digestion plant in the village. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

A proposed 2MW anaerobic digestion unit for the rural village of Morley, near Wymondham, was described as “gargantuan” tonight as town councillors unanimously rejected the scheme.

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Steve Coakley outside King's Lynn Magistrates Court. Picture: Ian Burt

A former employee of RAF Marham has admitted stealing the waste aviation fuel from Tornado jets to use in his own vehicles.

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Tribal chief of three tribes in northern Ghana, Lynne Symonds, with Chinese practitioner Dr Alex Qiao, at his practice Nature & Health in Wymondham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Here’s an act of kindness that shows how small the world is, if we want it to be.

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There ain't no party like a Wymondham College party. Picture: Archant

One of the region’s biggest schools has once again earned an ‘outstanding’ grade from inspectors.

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Poet George Szirtes at his home at Wymondham. Picture: Denise Bradley

A tiger, a bear, monkeys and more feature in author George Szirtes’ new book of poems for children.

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File photo of two people shaking hands. Photo: Oli Scarff/PA Wire

Norfolk company BBC Fire Protection Ltd has been taken over by critical maintenance services provider Marlowe PLC in a £4.1m deal.

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Councillors and MND Association members at County Hall. From left, Chair of Adult Social Care Committee, Councillor Bill Borrett, Executive Director of Adult Social Services, James Bullion, representatives from MND Association (Sue Heal second from right) and Councillor Joe Mooney. Picture: NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL

A Wymondham campaigner for better support for people affected by Motor Neurone Disease has won a victory at County Hall.

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Andrew Lane, non-executive director for Park Run International & a lead ambassador for Norfolk Park Run.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

As part of our support of the Voluntary Norfolk Make a Difference in 2017 campaign, the EDP is shining a light on voluntary groups and individuals. Reporter Sophie Wyllie spoke to a passionate Parkrun volunteer.

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A prototype of Zenos E10 at Wymondham. Photo: Bill Smith

The region’s local enterprise partnership has defended its decision to hand nearly a quarter of a million pounds to a Norfolk car manufacturer which has gone into administration.

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A dog bin in Mulbarton. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

A parish council is facing a huge increase to the amount it has to pay for having its dog bins emptied by South Norfolk Council.

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Picture shows: Aerial view of Wymondham.
June 2005
Picture by: Mike Page

More schools which would take children from age four up to 16 could be created as part of a wider scheme aiming to ease the strain on Norfolk’s school places.

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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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Auditorium ceremony

Saturday, December 17, 2016
The Hub building

A church group will celebrate the official opening of its new 200-seater auditorium with a special Christmas carol service.

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Marking the beginning of construction of a new 3G pitch off Swan Lane. Pictured: Bobbie Bennett, Long Stratton parish clerk (far left), South Norfolk councillors Des Fulcher (first from left), Kevin Worsley, Clayton Hudson, South Norfolk Council chief executive Sandra Dinneen and Long Strattion Parish Cuncil chairman Steve Adcock. Picture from South Norfolk Council

A district councillor who made “lurid” comments about a parish clerk over a football is being made to apologise to her by his council.

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The marquee and lights are up at the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News Ice Rink. 
Picture: Denise Bradley

Anyone wandering through Norwich city centre may have noticed an unusual addition to the landscape in the Castle Mall Gardens.

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Updated: One-way system in place after bridge damage

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Damage to the bridge in Chapel Lane near the Tuttles Lane West junction. Picture: MIRANDA LEIVERS

A one-way traffic light system will be put in place in Chapel Lane, Wymondham, after a bridge there was damaged in an accident on Tuesday night.

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Volunteers and patients at Star Throwers with the new book. Picture: STAR THROWERS

A guide to cancer has been produced by Wymondham-based charity Star Throwers.

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The Wymondham Wynterfest 2016.
Father Christmas arrives in Wymondham.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Festive spirit was flowing freely in a market town this weekend.

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Riverside shopping complex in Norwich. Morrisons supermarket; Photo: Bill Smith

Morrisons stores across Norfolk and Waveney have appointed specific people to help customers during what the supermarket believes will be the ‘heaviest’ shopping week of the year.

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A new Konectbus.  The transport firm is considering starting new routes from Attleborough. Picture: IAN BURT

New public transport links could open up from Attleborough if discussions with bus company Konectbus are successful.

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Derek Ward at the Kings Head Meadow playground removal protest, Wymondham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A council’s discussion about a controversial play area drew heated responses from residents.

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A car crashed into a bank beside the Barnham Broom Road in Wymondham

A motorist lost control on the Barnham Broom Road in Wymondham this morning and hit a bank beside the road.

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Derek Ward at the Kings Head Meadow playground removal protest, Wymondham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A decision on whether to move a controversial set of play equipment will be discussed by a town council tomorrow.

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The new cycle path would run through a field behind Kett's Oak. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Plans for 1.1m cycle path along a main road in Hethersett have angered some residents and business-owners who fear it will be an ‘accident waiting to happen’.

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New Wymondham College principal Jonathan Taylor

The principal of a boarding school failed to take action against alleged cheating in its ICT department despite complaints from two members of staff, a tribunal has heard.

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Browick Road Primary School celebrates 140th Year Anniversary in Style.

A primary school has celebrated 140 years of educating children in its community.

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Local residents have objected to plans to convert St Peter's Methodist Church in Park Lane into homes. 
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

People opposed to plans to convert a church in Norwich’s Golden Triangle into homes are hoping councillors will be convinced to reject the proposal when they see the site for themselves.

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Saffron Housing bungalow on Damgate Street in Wymondham which had a branch of an oak tree fall on its roof during storms

An elderly lady’s bungalow has been badly damaged after the branch of a huge oak tree in the meadow of Wymondham Abbey came down in yesterday’s stormy weather.

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Future roadworks to watch out for

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A11 northbound slip road. Expected to start in January 2017 for four weeks, plans include a new dedicated cycle lane along with changes to vehicle access and on-street parking.

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Police are investigating

Police are appealing for witnesses following a car fire in Wymondham.

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Netmatters. Chris and James Gulliver. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

In an age of cloud computing, a growing web design firm has used a Future50 grant to invest in the bricks and mortar – and silicon – to look after customers when disaster strikes.

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Les King at Park Farm in Hethersett.

A Wymondham businessman and a paralympian from Attleborough have been named patrons of the Wymondham-based cancer charity Star Throwers.

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Local residents who are furious about plans drawn up by developers to redevelop St Peter's Methodist Church in Park Lane and replace it with 20 flats and one house. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

A decision over controversial plans to convert a former Norwich church into homes has been put back.

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Local residents who are furious about plans drawn up by developers to redevelop St Peter's Methodist Church in Park Lane and replace it with 20 flats and one house. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

A controversial proposal to turn an unused Norwich church into homes is being recommended for approval – despite more than 100 objections to the change.

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Thickthorn interchange roundabout.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Angry drivers today issued a ‘sort it out’ plea to highways bosses, after weeks of frustrating delays at Norwich’s Thickthorn roundabout.

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Queues of traffic on the A11 Eastbound. Submitted

Motorists travelling from Wymondham to Norwich are facing heavy delays, due to faulty traffic lights on the Thickthorn Roundabout.

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Local residents who are furious about plans drawn up by developers to redevelop St Peter's Methodist Church in Park Lane and replace it with 20 flats and one house. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Residents who are against plans to convert a city centre church into 20 flats are urging other neighbours to have their say on the future of the site.

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Joe Mooney, the mayor of Wymondham, relaxing in his garden. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

It was a little over a year ago that Wymondham mayor Joe Mooney woke up in hospital, bruised and bandaged, with no idea what had happened.

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Special Constable Suzannah Thomas. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Suzannah Thomas, 37, is one of 12 new special constables who began patrolling the county last month following an official attestation ceremony at Norfolk Constabulary’s Wymondham headquarters.

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A trailer, similar to the one which was stolen from Justin Henry in Wymondham

A workman has told of his devastation after at least £10,000 in tools was stolen from him while he was on holiday.

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A builder has been jailed six years after he left a man scarred for life when he glassed him in the face over a £20 debt.

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Owner Lyndsey Gonzalez at the Beauty Shed, Hethersett, which has been burgled for the second time in 15 months. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The owner of a beauty salon in Hethersett is still reeling after her business was burgled - for the second time in 15 months.

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Becky Cooper and her son Ben

A mother whose son suffered from anorexia is taking on a trio of gruelling physical challenges for charity.

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Chris Evans in Zenos Car's E10S. Picture: BBC/Mark Yeoman

When Chris Evans spun around the track in the first few minutes of this week’s Top Gear it was in a Zenos E10S, made in Norfolk.

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Local residents who are furious about plans drawn up by developers to redevelop St Peter's Methodist Church in Park Lane and replace it with 20 flats + one house.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Residents have hit out at plans to convert a Methodist church into a block of 20 flats.

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Royal Norfolk Show 2015. Photo: Sonya Duncan

From finding a lost child to arranging an electric scooter for the disabled, the show organisers have got it covered.

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MP for mid Norfolk, George Freeman leads a vigil for MP Jo Cox at Wymondham Market Cross. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Vigils have been held in Wymondham and Norwich to remember Labour MP Jo Cox who died after being shot in the street of her Yorkshire constituency.

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Howard Junior School in King's Lynn, the biggest cohort of children graduating this year, pictured throwing their mortorboards after their Children's University graduation ceremony at the UEA. Photo : Steve Adams

And there wasn’t even any need for Photoshop...

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A screenshot from the dashcam footage of the Royal Mail van driving on the pavement in Wymondham.

A Royal Mail driver has been suspended after he was caught driving his delivery van down a narrow footpath next to a busy road in Wymondham.

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Police Inspector Louis Provart  and retired Inspector Carol Congreve

Seaside cliffs and coastal hills are a far cry from their usual beat.

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Property Hotspots in Norfolk: Wymondham and Hunstanton (L-R)

We’ve looked at four of the fastest growing areas for house prices in Norfolk. Here’s a look at where they are and what makes them attractive to potential buyers.

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Jonathan and Carroll Barber of Wymondham who run the national Charollais Sheep Society are linking up with Sell My Livestock so members will have their own portal.

Traditional markets and auctions will no longer be the only way for Charollais sheep breeders to sell their prime livestock, following the introduction of a high-tech online shop window.

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Members of the Wymondham Dell Bowls Club have been pulling together to support a worthy cause this year as they raise £2,500 in aid of the East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) nook appeal. From left,  Annette Walters, Emma Taylor and Geoffrey Batley.

A fines box for using an “incorrect” bowling style at a bowls club has helped to raise £2,500 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

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Acting Special Sgt Richard Roe and Special Constable Craig Saunders-Johnson will receive a resuscitation certificate from the Royal Humane Society after they tried to save a  man from Wicklewood who died after a heart attack.

Two special constables who fought a life-and-death battle in a bid to revive a heart attack victim are to be given a top award, even though the man died.

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The play area at King's Head Meadow at Wymondham, which is close to nearby houses. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

It’s an issue which has split opinion and sparked a fierce debate around Wymondham.

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Sutherland House seafood restaurant and hotel's a new head chef Carl Slaymaker.

Sutherland House seafood restaurant and hotel in Southwold has a new head chef. Carl Slaymaker, 30, has lived in the local area all his life and has rich experience of cooking in and around Southwold.

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There will be a family fun day and barbecue in Wymondham to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. Picture: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

A Wymondham community picnic and family fun day is being planned to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

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Trading Standards are renewing their crackdown on rogue doorstep traders. CREDIT: Edward Bock, Getty Images/Hemera.

People in Wymondham have been warned about cold callers offering funeral plans.

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Wall needs climbing

Thursday, May 5, 2016
New climbing wall at the Morley Village and Sports Hall, near Wymondham.

With its footholds, curves, ropes and ledges, this is a wall just begging to be climbed.

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The play area at King's Head Meadow at Wymondham, which is close to nearby houses. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A plan to move a play area in Wymondham sparked a fierce debate at the town’s annual parish meeting.

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Residents to have their say

Monday, April 25, 2016
Wymondham's annual parish meeting will take place tonight (Tuesday, April 26)

Residents of Wymondham and surrounding areas can have their say on issues that matter to them at the town’s annual parish meeting tonight (Tuesday, April 26).

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Green Party Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Martin Schmierer. 
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Police and crime commissioner elections will be held on May 5. Norfolk contenders, Green Party candidate Martin Schmierer sets out his vision for the role.

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Police and crime commissioner candidate, David Moreland. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Police and crime commissioner elections will be held for a second time on May 5. UK Independence candidate David Moreland set out his vision for the job.

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Les King's family and friends accepted a civic award in his honour at the Wymondham Dell.
Back row, from left, Mrs Nicky King, Town Mayor Joe Mooney and Mr Steve Taylor, seated, from left, Les King's son Ian King, Michael Armstrong, Les King's wife Anita King and Sue Taylor.

He was one of Norfolk’s best-loved figures – a pillar of the Wymondham community and champion of countless charities and sporting clubs.

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The newly refurbished Wymondham Leisure Centre which has been officially reopened by(l to r) SNDC chairman David Bills, leader John Fuller, oldest member Eric Couzens and ward councillor Lee Hornby. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Ninety-six-year-old Eric Couzens has given Wymondham’s new leisure centre his seal of approval.

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Leanne Craske of Fosters Solicitors.

Fosters Solicitors has appointed Leanne Craske as business development manager.

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James Oakley, Mid Norfolk Railway head of catering on board the 1972 Prototype 125 high speed train as it leaves  Dereham for Hoe. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Heart of Norfolk resounded to the sound of a record breaking visitor on the weekend.

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A South Norfolk Council bin lorry in action

Bin collections across south Norfolk are to be scrapped on Mondays, as part of an overhaul of the way rubbish is disposed of.

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Janet Harrowven collects her award

The results of the South Norfolk Independent Retailer Awards have been announced for Diss, Wymondham, Harleston and Loddon.

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Norwich coroners court

A childhood friend of 80-year-old Bill Buckenham has described the moment he broke two ribs trying to save the life of the retired decorator as he fell from a ladder in Wymondham.

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The Windmill pub in Wymondham. Photograph Simon Parker

Plans to convert the Windmill pub in Norwich Road into three homes have been submitted to South Norfolk Council by developers Vello Ltd.

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Picture shows: Aerial view of Wymondham.
June 2005
Picture by: Mike Page

A bid to build 335 homes in Wymondham looks set to go ahead after councillors agreed to drop a challenge to an appeal.

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Retired firefighter, Terry Varey from Wymondham is walking 100km in France to raise money for AFB The Soldiers Charity which makes 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

A retired firefighter and history lover will retrace the footsteps of fallen soldiers as he treks through European battlefields to support veterans.

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Members of the Kenninghall Lands (correct spelling) Trust are planting 18 trees to commemorate the 18 men from the village who died in the First World War.

They are standing on the piece of land where they are hoping to create an avenue along an exisiting footpath.

A village footpath will soon be lined with trees to commemorate the area’s fallen soldiers.

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The pellet was just was just one millimetre from Rory's main artery.

Vet bills have now reached over £1500 for the treatment of a family cat which was shot in Wymondham.

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Hethersett Junior School assistant head Marc Harding has his beard saved off by barber Francis Bayliss after being inspired by pupil Emily Anderson to raise money for Macmillan
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

A charity beard shave and the aroma of freshly-baked cakes has raised hundreds of pounds for a cancer cause at a school fundraiser organised by one of its pupils.

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Ronald Wolsey when he retired from Wymondham College in 1992.

Tributes have been paid to a former principal whose actions secured a well regarded college its future.

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Highly commended The Loire from Chateau Royal D'Amboise by David Ryland. Photo: David Ryland
Wymondham Photographic Society - winning images from print competition, Judge Andy Wilson from Bungay Camera Club.

They range from a shot of charming French homes perched on the banks of the Loire to an atmospheric night scene in the Fine City.

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Fire services on the scene after smoke alarms were set off. Photo: Simon Finlay

People were evacuated from a Wymondham shop after a burglar alarm overheated and started issuing smoke, setting off the fire alarms.

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Bruce Lacey, actor turned artist, photographed in 2005. Photo: Archant

He was a man who worked with The Beatles, built a small army of robots and had his sculptures displayed at the Tate.

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