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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.

Former Norwich City academy defender Adel Gafaiti has earned himself a contract with League Two side Yeovil until the end of the season.

Romantic, enchanting, passionate and charismatic, Russian ballet holds a special magic that continues to captivate.

An online service designed to enhance people’s shopping experience on Great Yarmouth’s historic market has not worked according to traders.

A rare visitor is attracting birdwatchers to a north-east Norfolk beauty spot.

From The Walks in King’s Lynn to the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow via the Rat Verlegh Stadion in the Netherlands, meet the Norfolk football fan who’s New Year’s resolution in 2018 was to visit as many stadiums as possible.

There don’t seem to be many positives as far as Brexit is concerned - well, maybe it’ll make us all think about growing our own food

As one year ends and another begins Derek James climbs aboard the time machine and slaps it in reverse gear to discover what was making the news in days gone by.

... my true love sent to me, three French hens. Day four, colly birds.

It will be a time to remember...when thousands of soldiers were killed, wounded or missing in action, so we can enjoy the freedom we have today.

With just over three months ago until the UK is due to leave the European Union, how will we cope with Brexit over Christmas?

The Queen has an outstanding chance of taking the honours in Fakenham’s feature race this afternoon on a six-race card which champion jockey Richard Johnson and trainer Olly Murphy could dominate.

He has had it in his possession for three decades - but now wants to return it to the descendants of its original owner.

Seven goals in his last eight games has continued a fantastic 2018 for Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki – putting him on par with some of Europe’s top goal-scorers.

A photographer who has secured the front cover of a re-release of Stephen King’s ‘Dreamcatcher’ has used art to overcome her mental health struggles.

Labour’s MEP for the east of England who was in Strasbourg during the suspected terror attack in the French city last night has expressed her sorrow following the incident.

Stansted Airport is bracing itself for what is expected to be its busiest ever festive season.

The mayor of Eye has died after a short illness.

Chris Reeve’s writing is powered by the passion of his mum, whose love of words pulled her through sleepless nights and the tedium of housework

Cabinet minister and Norfolk MP Liz Truss was overheard attacking Theresa May, according to claims on social media.

Trainer Olly Murphy and Norfolk-based jockey Fergus Gregory look set for a big day this afternoon at Fakenham as the Stratford-based handler targets more glory at the north Norfolk course.

It’s been a year of growth and success for Gnaw Chocolate, which has won a major national award. Mark Shields caught up with the company founder.

A campaign is underway to see a memorial dedicated to 97 soldiers killed in an infamous massacre created in Norfolk.

A Norwich academic has been chosen to lead a committee set up by French president Emmanuel Macron.

A memorial to remember 97 British soldiers who died in an infamous Second World War massacre could soon be a reality as a campaign is launched for a fitting tribute in Norfolk.

Bruce Foxton, legendary bassist of The Jam talks about the legacy of the band and what the future holds ahead of From The Jam’s All Mod Cons 40th Anniversary Tour.

Characters from a century ago are being brought back to life by Norfolk enthusiasts whose hobby has transformed them into military experts

Hundreds of letters written from the Western Front by a Norfolk soldier during the entire duration of the First World War are to be sold at auction, just weeks after the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which brought an end to the conflict.

Norwich City defender Timm Klose could be coming up against England next summer in the Uefa Nations League finals.

Former Norwich City striker Dieumerci Mbokani has revealed how he once snubbed a move to Liverpool.

A woman who travelled from down under to Suffolk to trace her family history discovered she is related to Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

The sight of Norwich City footballers of different nationalities linking arms before last Saturday’s match against Millwall, was the perfect symbol of remembrance, says Nick Conrad

A soldier from Fakenham who died during the First World War has been honoured in a special ceremony in France.

The Kessingland community turned out to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, which ended the First World War on the Western Front.

Cinema City in Norwich is stepping into Christmas in style with 12 films guaranteed to get you in the festive mood.

From tribute acts to a craft fair, you’re spoilt for choice with a jam-packed calendar of events taking place over the next week in Norfolk.

Norfolk celebrated peace a century ago with flags, parades, bells and even impromptu flypasts and a commandeered fire engine.

A century on from the end of the First World War, animals continue to be innocent victims of conflict around the world.

Remembering some of the former Norwich City footballers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in the First World War, with the help of the Norwich City Historical Trust, who traced those who played for the Canaries and died in the conflict

Arthur Bantick recalled his memories of serving as an infantryman with the 7th Battalion Suffolk Regiment in World War I, Sabrina Johnson reports

A tapestry featuring the names of the men lost in the First World War to residents of the mid-Norfolk village of Brisley will be going on show this weekend, as part of an exhibition dedicated to all those who fought in the conflict.

The family of a Great Yarmouth soldier killed in the final days of the First World War have shared poignant personal items to mark the centenary of the conflict.

As Vanessa Redgrave visits East Anglia for the 2018 Norwich Film Festival this Sunday, Nicky Barrell finds out more about her drive to shine a spotlight on the international refugee crisis.

Academy leaders have come under fire as new figures reveal seven trusts with schools in Suffolk pay salaries in excess of £150,000.

They were the couple for whom it is Christmas every day. Now Mr and Mrs Christmas, who shared their seasonal surname for 74 years, have been parted after she died just five days before she would have celebrated her 100th birthday.

Birthday cards for 102-year-olds are quite hard to come by, so Ruth Walford had to create her own for partner Jack Bennett.

Suffolk Regiment’s George Punchard was one of the first men to be mobilised in 1914. Demobbed in ebruary 1919, he wrote a record of his War.

A village near Norwich will use the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War as the moment to unveil its new memorial.

Understanding the First World War will become easier for future generations due to the advance in technology, says Broadland MP Keith Simpson

Owning a Vauxhall Viva proved educational for Bob Hobbs – engine problems while on holiday in France led to a lifelong study of speaking French.

A pair of business owners have followed in the footsteps of James Bond by taking part in a rally to raise money for charity.

The stories behind the names on a parish war memorial are told in a moving tribute to all 164 men killed in the First World War, and the martyr nurse who once worshipped with them.

They left their jobs, families and homes behind to go and fight on the battlefields of the First World War, but sadly none of them returned home.

Daniel Farke’s resurgent Canaries are currently alongside some of football’s biggest names as one of Europe’s most in-form teams.

Film and stage legend Vivien Leigh was born 105 years ago, on November 5, 1913. Here is a look back at her greatest movies.

A century on from the First World War it is almost impossible to imagine the sheer scale of the sacrifice. More than 15,000 Norfolk men died. Many more were left permanently disabled. Here are just a few stories of individuals, families and communities changed for ever by war.

Opinion Are we too selfish around Christmas?

Sunday, November 4, 2018

I rarely entertain. My small flat with sea views (distant) in the Edwardian spa town of Felixstowe won’t permit large numbers – not enough seats – and I don’t want a lot of people traipsing through on my carpet.

A Norfolk castle, the She-Wolf of France, a murder and bloodcurdling shrieks which have heard for centuries – the spine-tingling story of Queen Isabella’s haunting of Castle Rising has been passed down through generations.

Thirteen jobs are proposed to be cut at British Steel’s Brandon site only a month and a half after the company promised no sites would close as part of a ‘streamlining’ process.

Local keeper Kieran Lambourne is helping England set a World Cup alight again.

They spend their working day creating beautiful, sought-after spaces for their clients – but when it comes to their own homes, what are some of Norfolk’s interior designers’ favourite rooms?

The horrors of war are all too well known. But acts of humanity are less common.

Fancy a bit of late Summer sun in France – but don’t want to face a long and arduous trip with the children in tow? Then this family site in Normandy could be just the answer, as David Powles found out.

A special proclamation to commemorate the end of the First World War and written by Newmarket Town Crier Brenda Willison is set to be performed across the world on Armistice Day.

The famous green and gold hoops belonging to JP McManus and carried to glory so many times by retired champion jockey AP McCoy could feature strongly at Fakenham on Wednesday afternoon.

As War Horse returns to the National Theatre to mark the centenary of Armistice Day, we remember the war horses.

A Norfolk teacher has tasted success at an international sporting event.

Steven Downes has plenty of things he likes, but something he really hates - it’s cold, wet and could give you a free verucca....

The Greene King IPA Novice Chase over two miles is the feature of Fakenham’s second meeting of the new National Hunt season on Wednesday.

Weird and wonderful ghost stories abound in many corners of East Anglia, with sights and sounds that just can’t be explained. Here are 23 of the most haunted places in the region.

A woman from Costessey who spent the Second World War helping evacuees has marked her 105th birthday.

After a summer travelling around in a Renault 4L camionnette, running market stalls in France, it transported Sylvie Wheatley to university where she experienced a scary moment with a sleepy ‘stowaway’.

He was born 75 years ago in New York City, he grew up to become the leader of the of the biggest acts of the swinging 60s, but there was a time when he lived in a house overlooking the common in a peaceful Norfolk village. Derek James reports.

A man’s living room has become a birdwatcher’s paradise after a rare starling decided to nest in his garden.

Historic England has raised concern over proposals for 30 new homes next to the remains of a 15th century lodge in Drayton.

Tap and Tipple hopes to bring rural communities together over a glass of wine.

Introducing the finalists in the Knowledge Pioneer category of the Norfolk Business Awards 2018, sponsored by UEA – and what our judges thought of them.

How far can you expect a jar to travel by sea from the end of Southwold Pier? To the heart of the German industrial area – via Calais.

Bob Vousden had a hairy moment after tackling the hairpin bends on a mountain road when the brakes failed in his well loaded Morris 1000.

Perhaps it’s better if Leeds do finally get their longed-for promotion back to the top flight this season, after the comments of their owner sparked worries for supporters of Championship clubs this week.

As Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress design is unveiled, Nicola Barrell takes a look at Royal wedding gowns through the ages

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Friday, October 12, 2018

In this week’s column, Peter Sharkey looks at what impact a rising life expectancy has on your savings.

Staff at a Norwich care home dressed in 1940s costumes to celebrate a medal presentation for a resident who had fought in World War Two.

There’s one last chance to see Ed Sheeran in Ipswich this summer as the Suffolk popstar announces his final gig in Chantry Park on the August Bank Holiday Monday.

The family of a 30-year-old north Norfolk man have commemorated the 100th anniversary of his death during the First World War.

Norfolk-based Angling Direct, the UK’s largest fishing tackle retailer, welcomed some strong figures in its half-year results.

Nick Conrad reports on the strange experience of being mistaken for a controversial rapper who happens to share his name

A former member of Dereham Otters has taken part in an English Channel relay event, swimming between Dover and Calais as part of her university team.

On its first birthday, we checked out Villages Nature Paris to check its family-friendly holiday credentials.

Four 15-year-old Norwich Canoe Club kayak sprint athletes have achieved success for GB.

Is Villages Nature Paris any good? Charlotte Smith-Jarvis finds out.

Researchers in London have linked the sunshine food-filled Med diet with better mental health.

A weekend visit to France is a mother and daughter bonding session

This week our financial columnist looks at how pensions fare across the globe – and which country is the wealthiest when it comes to their state pension

Are you one of the budding David Baileys? Andy Newman hates you in a restaurant. And as for those people with annoying children? Go away!

A radio presenter in Norfolk received death threats after being mistaken for a French rapper of the same name accused of inciting racial hatred.

It was a match made at sea for newly-married Sheringham lifeboat crew member Paul Harding, whose bride is a local Coastguard who accepted his proposal on board a two-man kayak in Italy.

It’s week five and spice week - as Scary, Baby, Sporty, Ginger and Saffron (posh Spice) said, time for two to become one. And that was just the judges. In the case of the contestants, nine became seven. Confused? Not half as much as the contestants during this week’s technical challenge were.

John Hegley is best known for writing poems about dogs, glasses and potatoes but the bespectacled bard showed a far greater range as he entertained fans at Norwich Arts Centre with songs and poems old and new.

James Marston visited Aberfan, 52 years after the tragedy that claimed so many lives

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