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‘Terrific good’ could be done if communtiies secretary decides to call in the decision to approve the controversial Anglia Square revamp, according to an architecture author.

People are being invited to take part in a fun run in Norwich to raise money for a domestic abuse charity.

I type this with tears in my eyes. Friday, January 11, was the saddest of days with its dreary, damp, cold afternoon.

Sex, scandal and sensational headlines have always proved a potent combination to storytellers both in print and on film. We take a look at Hugh Jackman’s new film The Front Runner and find unexpected links with the John Profumo movie Scandal

A till containing nearly £1,000 was stolen from a Norfolk mayor’s business after thieves bent metal bars and unscrewed smash-proof windows to get access to his shop.

Residents in the Great Yarmouth Borough have been thanked for their generosity as the town’s Royal British Legion (RBL) branch has raised £42,680 for the poppy appeal.

Shakespeare meets 1980s classic Ghost Busters.

A befriending service aimed at helping lonely older people feel more connected with the community has been given a funding boost through the Surviving Winter appeal.

There has been a spate of violence linked to London drug gangs in Norwich. But how do the gangs recruit young boys from the capital to deal in Norfolk?

Taxi drivers in a Norfolk borough have claimed it is too easy to get a licence after they struggled for business during the festive period.

The headmaster of Norfolk-born actress Olivia Colman’s former school praised the Golden Globe winner as “wonderful, warm and down to earth” as he spoke of her time there.

Norfolk county and district-level councils have been working with emergency services to prepare for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

House prices rose by 2% in the three months to December in East Anglia - bucking the national trend which saw values go up by a mere 0.5%, the smallest increase in almost six years.

From an adult-only pantomime to a classic car show, there are plenty of events taking place to help beat the post-Christmas blues.

Peter Josling had been a stalwart on the field and off it for Diss Rugby Club. And meeting and marrying him ‘was like a little miracle’, says wife Sandra

Palliative care beds will finally be made available for patients in Great Yarmouth and Waveney as a new service is set to be launched.

A Norfolk couple spent boxing day celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary with those nearest and dearest to them.

Thousands more affordable homes will be built in the region, thanks to the merger of two housing associations.

Angela Longstaff almost missed out on becoming a nurse.

Placards at the women’s vote centenary celebrations read: “Let’s finish what the Suffragettes started”, and there is certainly plenty of progress still to be made in the ongoing fight for women’s equality. Fortunately, there are plenty of brave and inspiring women leading the way.

Scores of brave souls took a plunge into the North Sea as part of the annual Boxing Day Dip at Mundesley.

Calling leave-leaning politicians clowns is an insult to clowns.

The first chess club set up in Norfolk for many years has plans to expand in 2019 with new English Chess Federation-compliant equipment.

More than 26,000 people have visited a moving exhibition exploring the breadth and depth of the impact of the First World War on Norwich and Norfolk.

Thousands turned out to Boxing Day hunt meets across the region - as Labour warned it would strengthen legislation banning the hunting of animals.

Video 10 Norwich bands to watch in 2019

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, Future Radio’s Jonzey takes a look back at some of the best local music from this year in his Top 10 Tracks of the Year.

A woman who moved away from Norfolk is overjoyed to be reunited with her family cat after he went missing a year ago.

Residents at a specialist care home were given a Christmas warm up to remember as they were joined for coffee by some furry and feathered friends.

The rain may have put a dampener on Christmas celebrations, but spending a night shift with an East of England Ambulance crew showed health correspondent Geraldine Scott that there is never a quiet moment for frontline staff.

One of Norfolk’s most iconic luxury hotels and restaurants has a new head chef who hails from South Africa.

This Saturday (December 22) will be 250 years since the birth of a Norfolk artist known for his detailed and tranquil landscape paintings of the county.

Decisions on contentious issues surrounding the proposed food hub at Easton have been branded “disgusting” by opponents, who are taking the matter to the High Court.

The Conservative Group has become the largest on Swaffham Town Council following the co-option of a new councillor.

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.

A “dangerous” new roundabout in Horsford has left people fearful of exiting their driveways.

With its elegant, willowy silhouette and height of four foot, the majestic crane has been missed since the 17th century, when hunting and loss of wetland made them extinct.

More than 400 new homes are to be built in Norfolk over the next three years, as County Hall begins building and selling houses for the first time to raise millions of pounds.

Heading to Norfolk to play the Emperor in this year’s Norwich Theatre Royal panto, Aladdin, was like a homecoming for actor Alex Delamere – for he has been coming to the county since he was a baby.

Whilst my column of last week featured CONAC’s young Logan Smith and how his talents were very carefully nurtured through Dereham AC and the City of Norwich Athletics club, this week I am going to try and put into a few words the good work which the Norwich Road Runners are doing in respect of the development of their junior athletes.

Residents in north Norfolk are pressing ahead with plans to buy a village’s only pub for the community - but need to raise about £250,000 in just six months.

The Norfolk-based Construction Industry Training Board has been accused of “betraying” its staff after it emerged that more than 200 staff faced relocating out of the county to keep their jobs.

From elephants to gnomes and fashion to food, friends Theresa Cossey and Gaye Youngman have been raising money for Norfolk charities for more than 50 years.

Thirty-two people dressed up as Santa for a social club’s fifth annual charity cycle ride.

A major development on the outskirts of Cromer has been dealt a blow after concerns were raised about its effect on the road network.

Funding for legal aid providers in the region has been cut by almost half in six years amid warnings the support network for vulnerable people has been “decimated”.

Having written several articles about some of Norfolk athletics most inspirational people during my 18 months of supporting Mark Amstrong’s columns, many of them have been about people who have had a big influence on the sport here in Norfolk during the last few decades.

A North Norfolk school’s ‘do different’ panto features not just Robin Hood and his Merry Man but also Snow White and the Three Dwarves.

From a Christmas market to panto, there is plenty to keep you busy over the next seven days in Norfolk - oh yes there is!

A large pile of foam, used paint buckets, bins and a trolley were dumped behind a street in Norfolk.

Paul Warne insists his Canaries have the ‘backbone’ to sustain a Championship promotion tilt.

You can stuff your Bah Humbug

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Not in the Christmas spirit? I don’t understand, writes Jo Malone

The region’s most hard working, caring, and talented individuals were celebrated at a glittering awards ceremony this evening.

The ghosts of Christmas past are returning to the city this December with spooky festive tales from across the county.

The author and illustrator of a string of top-selling books about architecture has joined those calling for city councillors to reject the £271m revamp plan for Norwich’s Anglia Square.

In 1988 Tina Kiddell was the youngest woman to ever become a London black cab driver, and only the 42nd ever woman to be given her badge.

A travel firm has launched its sixth annual Santa’s Sleigh appeal to help change the lives of vulnerable children and young people this Christmas.

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.

I grew up in Norfolk, schooled at Wymondham. Norwich was there, the power and the glory, but was generally outside of my orbit. A bi-monthly treat.

Residents living in a Norfolk borough which in the last two weeks has seen a pupil take a knife into a primary school and a man confronted by a masked attacker armed with a knife have been reassured they live in a ‘safe area’.

Norfolk-based children’s charity Break has celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Mud, tents and soggy clothes - three things you immediately associate with music festivals in the UK.

A University of East Anglia masters student has seen her thesis awarded a distinction, and put into practice at the firm where she gathered her data.

A project that aims to quadruple the size of a nature reserve near Fakenham has received a £100,000 boost.

Christmas is just around the corner and we’ve got a stack of fantastic goodies to give away in our annual Langleys Toys and Norwich Theatre Royal competition. Win the top 10 toys for 2018 and tickets to this year’s pantomime, Aladdin, and light up the faces of the little ones in your life.

Much-loved councillor and coach operator the late Charles Reynolds was among three town stalwarts to be granted an ancient honour in Great Yarmouth.

The green credentials of Norwich City Council have been questioned by campaigners who want more rapid action to combat climate change.

From a toy fair to Winter Wonderland, there are plenty of events taking place to get in you in the festive mood.

A man who admitted taking more than 5,000 rare bird eggs has been described as a “menace” and a “one man crime wave” by the RSPB who have welcomed his jail sentence.

Art Fair East returns to St Andrews Hall this week and will feature work from over 200 artists from Norfolk to Dubai.

A controversial trophy hunter who posed for pictures with her kills has apologised.

From starring in classic TV sitcom Hi-de-Hi! to stepping out on stage in Calendar Girls The Musical, acting legend Ruth Madoc has had a ball in her 60 years in show business.

The fairy godmother rose into the night sky above the festive crowds to act out scenes at the launch of a world first interactive game that is part of Christmas celebrations in King’s Lynn.

An 80-year-old man, who has had a passion for art since he was a child, is holding his first art exhibition in more than a decade.

An American huntress has sparked outrage by posing for pictures with animals shot in Norfolk.

A project training barbers how to listen if clients want to talk about mental health is expanding.

We take a look at some of the places curtains will be rising around Norfolk, beginning with Aladdin at the Norwich Theatre Royal where the star tells John Bultitude how he’s moved from the stalls to the stage.

A much-loved Norwich pub has been given an extra layer of protection after its value to the local community was recognised.

The Duke of Cambridge has opened up about his own experiences of feeling “very sad and very down” while working for the air ambulance service.

He was a founding member of Sea Palling lifeboat service, headteacher of Stalham Primary School for 26 years as well as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Record numbers of participants are sleeping outside for the night to raise money and raise awareness of homelessness.

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

A former Norwich pub that closed more than a decade ago is back on the market - this time for £360,000.

A charity which supports children and families dealing with bereavement has been handed a boost of more than £15,000 thanks to this year’s Porkstock festival.

Record numbers will sleep outside for a night this week at a Norwich fundraising event for preventing homelessness.

A vote of no confidence in John Lee’s leadership at North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) will be held, following the resignation of yet another councillor from the Conservative group.

Lawyers have launched a high court bid to declare a missing husband dead.

People will be able to have their say over potential routes for the road which would join the Norwich Northern Distributor Road to the A47 within weeks.

More than 850 school children from Great Yarmouth and surrounding areas will take part in a Fire Service event to help their safety skills.

As Remembrance Sunday nears, Nick Conrad says it’s time Norfolk honoured the heroes of Dunkirk

Norwich Castle is marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice with a special early opening on Remembrance Sunday.

A Norfolk singer has teamed up with a best selling author to collaborate on a new song.

A woman who sold heroin and cocaine to an undercover police officer in Norwich has been given a final chance by a judge, who warned that most dealers went straight to jail.

When Jess first arrived at Winston Court, a supported accommodation centre for vulnerable young people in North Walsham, she described herself to staff there as lacking in confidence. She had suffered from mental health issues and ended up in hospital after a breakdown in family relations. That was in 2017. One year later she is living independently and has a job.

Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner has announced that he will not be seeking re-election when his term ends in 2020.

Artist studios, hot-desking, incubator units and creative spaces are just some of the buildings that could be available if King’s Lynn had a creative hub.

A plea for people to donate household furniture to help the Syrian refugees fleeing civil war to start new lives in Norfolk has had a “resounding response”.

A call has been made for Parliament to hold an annual debate in honour of Labour peer and former leader of Norwich City Council Patricia Hollis.

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.

Concerns over the number of deaths and serious injuries on Norfolk’s roads looks likely to spark a fresh approach to road safety in the county.

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