Family-run Frettenham farm shop to close its doors

A family-run farm shop in Frettenham is set to close its doors for the last time this weekend.

Norton's Farm Shop, based at Beck Farm, will close on Saturday after trading for five years.

The shop sold butter and cheese which was made on the farm, pork and locally-grown vegetables. Three generations currently work on the farm, which has belonged to the Norton family since 1946.

Emily Norton said: 'The driving force behind the shop has always been my mum, Rona Norton, and she has decided the time has come to slow down.

'As well as the shop, she does all the paperwork and accounts for the farm. She does the village milk round twice a week, and she manages our holiday cottages at Glebe Farm.

'We all agreed it was too much for one person, but sadly there is no one else able to take on running the shop.'

Shops in Horsford, Beeston, Coltishall and Horsham St Faith will continue to sell some produce.

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Emily said the loss of the farm shop would mean more time could be devoted to increasing the farm shop's range of cheeses.

'I have recently received a grant from Rev Active to put towards cheese-making equipment. I am trying to increase the kit in the dairy. At the moment I only make a couple of kilos a week.

'Our cheese, St Swithin's soft, which is named after the local church in Frettenham, has been entered into the National Cheese Awards in Oxfordshire.'

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