When Rhianwen Smee signed up for a gruelling, 48-mile ‘ultra’ marathon to raise cash for the eating disorders charity Beat, she opened up to friends and family for the first time about her own struggles with food. The Holt mum-of-four, who has already topped her £400 fundraising target, talks to KAREN BETHELL about her lifelong battle with binge eating disorder.

When Swaffham Rotary Club was founded by a group of like-minded local people in 1969, it had just a handful of members, with local bank manager Ken Reeve appointed president.

While many people spent New Year’s Day nursing a hangover or having a well-earned lie-in, more than 350 hardy folk turned out to a cloud-covered Sheringham seafront to brush off the Christmas cobwebs by plunging into the icy cold waves.

Staff and customers at Morrisons supermarket, Cromer, have raised just over £76,000 for local good causes, supporting community projects ranging from school breakfast clubs and animal sancturaries, to the town’s Christmas lights and carnival.

With freezing winds and snow forecast across the UK for January and February, East Anglia could well be set to suffer a repeat of last year’s Beast from the East.

More than 300 festive fundraisers braved sea temperatures as low as four degrees, to take part in Cromer’s 30th annual Boxing Day dip.

When spiteful, anonymous messages began dropping through the letter boxes of well-to-do Sheringham residents in the early 1920s, a series of events was set in motion that rocked the sleepy seaside town to the core and wove a web of intrigue worthy of an Agatha Christie mystery.

It’s a tale as old as time, but with pop songs a-plenty and even a cameo appearance from Donald Trump, Sheringham Little Theatre’s laugh-a-minute pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, is bang up-to-date.

A much-loved Norfolk PE teacher will be swapping football boots for safety shoes, when he leaves his job of ten years to embark on a new career as a builder.

Christmas characters ranging from camels to kings featured in a toe-tapping production performed at Sheringham’s Lighthouse Community Church by youngsters from Ladybird Pre-school Nursery.

Organisers of a Norfolk Christmas lights festival have hailed the event an all-round success, in spite of an incident that saw Santa thrown from his sleigh when the two horses pulling it bolted.

A Norfolk artist is creating a sculpture commemorating the tragically short lives of nearly 8,000 premature, sick and stillborn babies buried in part of a public cemetery, sometimes eight to a plot.

More than 60 people joined town mayor Hilary Bushell for a Christmas party held at Dereham Meeting Point, which supports local over 55s and those with a disability.

Paintings, prints, jewellery and sculpture by some of the country’s finest wildlife artists will be on show in a Christmas exhibition running at BIRDscapes Gallery, at Glandford, near Holt, until the new year.

Children at Sheringham Primary School are staging a packed programme of seasonal entertainment for family, friends and fellow pupils, with a string of Christmas shows, as well as a concert at St Peter’s Church and a carol singing session for residents at Halsey House, Cromer.

A book and a computer tablet come alive on stage at Sheringham Little Theatre this Christmas, thanks to the magic of panto puppeteers.

A top class cast of Cromer Junior School Year 5 pupils had parents rolling in the aisles, with their production of the side-splitting musical The Amazing Adventures of Superstan.

A young Norfolk woman with a troubled past has turned her life around, thanks to an apprenticeship scheme run by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Santa and his reindeer and the stars of Cromer Pier Show added a touch of magic to the town’s Christmas lights switch-on festival, which attracted crowds in their hundreds on Saturday.

Hundreds of festive fundraisers will be taking the plunge in aid of the Norwich and central Norfolk branch of mental health charity Mind, at an annual Boxing Day dip being held at Cromer in memory of local teenager Nyall Brown.

When Sheringham toddler Freya Gurney was born five weeks prematurely, she had multiple health problems, including jaundice, a bleed on the brain and suspected meningitis.

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