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A Norfolk based landscaping and arboriculture firm has scooped up a prestigious award.

Councillors have responded to ‘abuse’ and a petition which called for a vote of no confidence in a town council following months of ongoing market controversy.

The owner of a Norfolk pub has announced she will be permanently closing at the end of the month following an “appalling” trading period.

The owner of an entertainment company which has been hard hit by the pandemic says he has had to adapt the business in order to get by.

Organisers of a popular Norfolk fireworks display are hoping to hold this year’s event for the community to help boost “local morale”.

A “save our market” petition has called for a vote of no confidence in a Norfolk town council following months of controversy over the running of its market during the coronavirus crisis.

Police found a quantity of cannabis following a search of a Norfolk property.

A family-run barber has moved into a bigger premises in a Norfolk town, now offering a coffee bar, tanning room and live music.

A Norfolk dad is competing in a half iron man triathlon to raise awareness of mental health.

A Norfolk headteacher has revealed the plans in place for the “unusual return” of pupils and staff – including school dinner service that will take three-and-a-half hours.

A RAF veteran cycled 46 miles to raise money for a charity that provides financial, emotional and practical support to serving and retired RAF personnel and their families.

Since lockdown eased, towns have put in place measures to keep people safe. But in Downham Market, they have created controversy among traders and the public. Sarah Hussain reports.

Police seized cannabis, other drugs and weapons from a Norfolk property following a man’s arrest.

A Norfolk heritage centre will remain closed until 2021 for the safety of its team and the site’s future viability.

A Norfolk MP will meet with traders and business owners to discuss ongoing concerns over their town’s market in the hopes of ‘moving forward.’

A house fire in which a woman died is not being treated as suspicious, police have said.

Business owners have expressed their concern over their town’s market following tensions between traders and the town council.

A 23-year-old Norfolk rider has been selected to represent Great Britain at the FEI Dressage European Championships 2020 in Hungary despite coronavirus disruptions.

Neighbours have described their shock after a person was killed in a house fire to the west of the county.

Play areas across west Norfolk will reopen for the summer holidays.

The devastated owner of a tortoise who has been missing for two weeks is appealing for help to find him.

Business owners have expressed their concern over the ‘detrimental’ impact mandatory face coverings could have on trade.

The worried owners of a cat who escaped during the night are offering a reward to anyone who can help find him.

A small team of volunteer stitchers have made around 7,000 masks since the start of March for people in their community.

A market that was forced close over protest claims has reopened again with plans for it to be “bigger and better” than before.

A new club president has said they are rising to the challenge during the current crisis to help others, despite fundraising events being ‘impossible’ to hold.

A Norfolk restaurant owner has expressed his happiness at reopening for the first time in months but said his business needs more customers to survive.

A market that was closed over planned demonstration claims will now reopen following a ‘fruitful meeting’ between a town council and traders.

A Norfolk shop owner has said businesses have to work harder at providing a service and hopes customers will be encouraged to return to town after more stores reopen.

The final of a Norfolk town’s virtual live talent show is set to take place this week.

A Norfolk heritage centre is collecting and archiving people’s memories and experiences of life in the local area.

A trader has said the forced closure of a market over protest claims has been “soul destroying.”

A youth group providing support and activities for children has trialled a socially distanced session to help get them back into ‘social situations.’

A Norfolk teacher has been helping the vulnerable and those on the shielding list during lockdown.

A worried owner has issued a heartfelt appeal as her cat has not been seen for a week.

A market will be shut down for two weeks after it was revealed protestors were planning to demonstrate against a council’s safety measures.

A Norfolk Girlguiding and Scout group are calling on community support to raise funds for their ‘dreary’ hut facilities after fundraising events were cancelled.

A Norfolk headteacher has said there is ‘little hope’ for a normal return for all pupils in September.

A member of the public tried to throw social distance barriers and remove markers when a town’s market reopened, councillors said.

A council has received ‘numerous complaints’ over emergency coronavirus traffic measures in the centre of the town.

A 21-year-old cat was rescued after she was found in a car park.

A five-year-old greyhound has been crowned this year’s Top Dog of Norfolk.

A Norfolk town is starting to see a return to ‘normal’ again as non-essential shops reopened for the first time in months.

A Norfolk town’s market reopened for the first time since lockdown despite a lack of traders turning up.

A town’s market will reopen this week under strict social distancing measures and reduced opening times.

Plans for a McDonald’s and Starbucks on the edge of a Norfolk town have been given the go-ahead.

A Norfolk headteacher has said schools have been left “bemused and angered” by the government’s decision to reopen for the youngest pupils, as they get ready to open their doors to them on Monday.

A Grade II* listed windmill was lit up with messages of thanks to the NHS and key workers.

A special drive-by saw residents of a Norfolk care home see their families for the first time since lockdown.

The owner of a Dominican and Latin American food business has started trading from a horse trailer on her driveway during lockdown after events were cancelled.

A youth group providing vital support and social interaction for children is continuing to meet needs during lockdown.

The owner of a Norfolk nail salon is hoping her business will be able to reopen soon after the “heartbreaking” decision to close.

A Norfolk riding for the disabled centre is appealing to the public for help after dealing with “financial difficulties” due to lockdown.

Plans to build a McDonald’s and Starbucks on the outskirts of a Norfolk town have received the backing of planning officers.

Prominent buildings in Norfolk were lit up as a show of appreciation for the NHS, key workers and the local community.

A Norfolk band has represented the county on an international stage after winning first place in a songwriting competition.

Restaurant capacity will be halved, cafes will stay shut and social distancing will turn businesses upside down.

A town’s market will remain closed until the safety of the community and staff can be guaranteed.

Staff at an Indian restaurant in Norfolk have extended their efforts during the coronavirus crisis to provide meals to the vulnerable in their community.

A Norfolk church was lit up with messages of appreciation for key workers and the NHS for their work throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

A Norfolk town’s live music festival has been cancelled with a “heavy heart” due to the coronavirus.

A Norfolk postie is hoping to spread joy in her community and raise money to help those “most vulnerable” by doing her rounds dressed as a panda.

Three-week-old kittens have been rescued from ‘certain death’ after their mum was hit by a car.

A Norfolk town council is hosting a virtual talent show to help spread ‘light relief’ during the coronavirus pandemic.

A Norfolk man has printed more than 1,000 3D face shields for his community in response to the coronavirus crisis.

People across west Norfolk can commemorate the 75th VE Day from their homes during lockdown.

An eight-year-old boy is fund-raising in memory of his grandad, who died after suffering from pancreatic cancer.

Staff at a Norfolk school have taken part in a global art challenge to “lift spirits” during the coronavirus crisis.

A team of volunteers are appealing for more people to help “fulfil orders” for face masks after struggling to keep up with demand.

A Norfolk club is offering their support to the local community after receiving a share of a special coronavirus fund.

A Norfolk animal care assistant is taking lockdown to a new level by staging a 26-hour cat pen sit-in for charity.

A couple have created and spread ‘pocket hugs’ around their town, hoping it will make people smile during the coronavirus crisis.

Darth Vader may have been galaxies away from his usual planet but the Empire was in need of some essential shopping.

A Norfolk estate agency has put together a window display as a show of appreciation for the NHS and essential workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A Norfolk GP has joined doctors across the country in calling on the government to implement a policy that will see the public wearing face masks.

Tributes have been paid to a “remarkable” man who continued to be a glider pilot up to the age of 92.

A Norfolk town council will raise the St George’s flag in honour of the NHS and key workers as they fight against the “biggest dragon the UK has encountered.”

A few post offices in west Norfolk have reopened following staffing issues due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A chartered engineer is printing 3D face shields for key workers in his community amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A Norfolk care home is appealing for help in creating a garden that is safe for residents to enjoy.

Family members and the public have been leaving heartfelt messages of encouragement on the window of a Norfolk care home to cheer up residents and staff.

A Norfolk heritage centre is encouraging people to discover its town’s history by joining in its trails as part of coronavirus exercise.

A community-spirited volunteer group offering support to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic is said to be growing by the day.

A club in Norfolk has donated Easter eggs to residential homes and key workers in the community after their raffle plans did not go eggs-actly to plan.

A survivor of sexual abuse who refuses to be defined by her past is urging victims to speak out rather than waiting decades to seek help.

A town councillor is making masks and scrub bags for key workers and members of the community amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Updated Person dies following house fire

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

A person has died following a house fire in Norfolk.

Organisers of an annual community games have set up a fitness challenge to replace it after it was cancelled.

Staff at an Indian restaurant in Norfolk are showing their appreciation for NHS workers by donating weekly meals to their hospital

An 85-year-old man has put together an NHS-themed flashing lights display to show support for key workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

A concerned family member has called for supermarkets to do more to help the vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak after her elderly in-laws struggled to get online food orders.

Staff at a Norfolk bakery have said they are working tirelessly to deal with local demand after seeing an increase in customers come through their doors.

A town’s market has been closed to keep the community safe amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Norfolk market traders are offering their support by delivering produce for free to people self-isolating due to the coronavirus.

A community initiative has united a team of volunteers in a Norfolk town to offer their support to those in need, following the coronavirus outbreak.

Events across west Norfolk have been cancelled or postponed in response to government advice over the coronavirus.

A Boots store in a Norfolk town has reduced its opening times in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

A headteacher at a Norfolk school has said schools have faced “unprecedented challenges” over coronavirus and staff are on the “front line in keeping the country functioning” ahead of nationwide closures tomorrow.

A transport and companion service providing support to those who are unable to get around themselves, have said they will carry on regardless despite coronavirus fears.

They’ve rescued pets from fires and attended plenty of cats stuck up trees - but the rescue of a starling stuck down a drain is something RSPCA and fire service workers have never been confronted with.

A defiant Norfolk butcher has said he will not be “whipped up into paranoia” over the coronavirus.

An image and style consultant hoping to change people’s lives and make them feel good about themselves has launched a clothing line.

A Norfolk market town is getting ready to celebrate its proud horse history and a tradition that dates back centuries.

The west Norfolk market town was renowned for its horse fair and butter market and items reflecting the town’s history are preserved by Discover Downham Heritage centre.

A Norfolk artist who has launched her first solo exhibition is happy to see her lifelong dream come into fruition.

Business women from across East Anglia came together to inspire and support one another in a special event to mark International Women’s Day.

Police officers took part in a Norfolk school’s women’s empowerment day to inspire girls and raise their aspirations for the future.

Town leaders say there is a renewed “vigour” to keep its cinema going after a warning that it may close.

A cat looking to find his forever home is in need of an owner who can help manage his pain.

A Grade II listed hotel in the heart of a Norfolk town will be turned into flats after years of it being on the market.

The owners of a gin and honey shop in a Norfolk town have expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the warm welcome they have received and have said they aim to be part of the fabric of the community.

A new chairman has been appointed at a Norfolk riding for the disabled charity.

An event will be held to showcase the important work carried out by volunteers at a town’s heritage centre.

Town organisers are appealing for help with this year’s Anglia in Bloom competition.

A charity shop providing services for people that are deaf is set to close this month.

St Edmund’s Church located on King’s Walk in Downham Market was the target of thieves last week.

Criminals made off with two-thirds of the lead roof in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday, February 12.

An estimated £30,000 worth of damage has been caused to the Grade I listed building.

An ABBA-themed charity event will help raise funds for “desperate” renovation of Scout and GirlGuiding facilities in a Norfolk town.

A Norfolk town could be one step closer to getting a McDonald’s and Starbucks following plans that received no objections from highways officers.

Groups of business women across East Anglia will come together for an event to mark International Women’s Day.

Prosecco, toilet roll and cash were among the items stolen in a spate of break-ins in a west Norfolk town.

The lead from a town centre church has been stolen.

The poltergeist who plagued a village near Downham Market council house and a cautionary tale about receiving visitors during an exorcism.

A school in west Norfolk could get the addition of a new classroom if plans are approved.

A market town has been left behind as it is the “poor cousin” of its Norfolk neighbour, a councillor has claimed.

‘Mindless’ criminals broke into a number of independent shops in a Norfolk town stealing a range of peculiar items.

Ideas for the future use of a town hall were discussed at a town council meeting following concerns the building was “not making any money.”

A plan to build a new McDonald’s and Starbucks on the outskirts of a town has been given the thumbs down by councillors and slammed as “ludicrous” by residents.

A primary in west Norfolk collapsed its normal school timetable this week to teach children about the importance of the environment and sustainability.

A £1.7m scheme saw major investment put into a Norfolk town to enhance and improve its centre.

Parking and traffic flow have been outlined as key focuses for a Norfolk town in a new strategy blueprint.

Downham Market town council are promising the event will be ‘bigger and better’ than before.

A shop owner says commuters parking all day in west Norfolk has reduced footfall and knocked his trade.

An empty building, which has deteriorated over the years, has been labelled an eyesore.

A member of a club aimed at tackling loneliness and isolation for the older generation has claimed it is under threat of “destruction” by the town council.

The owner of a Norfolk bakery is encouraging the public to support their local shops warning people that “once they’re gone, they’re gone.”

A home owner who had her application to enclose her garden refused says she now feels vindicated following her successful appeal.

A Norfolk library celebrated its 20th year being open with a special day marking the occasion.

A new board game café is set to open this weekend.

A Norfolk town council has objected to plans to turn a Grade II listed hotel into apartments.

A Norfolk library is set to host a birthday celebration to mark its 20th year of serving the community.

A charity that supports vulnerable children and young people will be opening up a new shop in a west Norfolk town.

A Norfolk town could be getting a Starbucks and McDonald’s if plans are given the go ahead.

A cat who is used to getting his own space and wandering around freely is in desperate need of a new home.

Residents in west Norfolk villages are experiencing problems with their water supply following a pipe leak.

A Grade II listed Norfolk hotel could be at risk of being turned into apartments if a buyer does not come forward.

West Norfolk residents have called on the Prime Minister to get Brexit done following the Conservative win at the general election.

A man who has been left with an ‘empty void’ following the loss of his friend who died from cancer will be fundraising in his memory.

Discos, toy shops and fields full of horses - just some of the things you will remember if you grew up in Downham Market.

A charity that provides horse riding for the disabled is calling on the public to support them during the winter.

Efforts to improve a town’s parking problems are ongoing following years of concern from residents and businesses.

Traces of cocaine were found on one in six people during a police drug swab operation at a pub in a Norfolk town.

A town’s Poppy Appeal has exceeded its expectations in raising support for the Royal British Legion (RBL) and those that lost their lives in service.

A west Norfolk police dog has tracked and located a suspect van thief.

A 74-year-old woman has had her purse stolen in a west Norfolk town.

A town has been warned it could lose its cinema if people do not use it.

The father of a five-year-old girl who was “special in every way” has paid tribute to her after she died from a rare heart condition.

Christmas family fun and festivities saw thousands of people flock to a west Norfolk town to see the turning on of its Christmas lights.

Students from west Norfolk schools took part in a technology tournament designed to test their engineering skills.

How much do you think you know about this Norfolk town?

A west Norfolk road has been closed following a burst water main.

The west Norfolk riding for the disabled centre is to introduce riding for people living with dementia.

A west Norfolk town is gearing up for an afternoon packed event full of early Christmas family fun.

Pupils from a Norfolk primary school have returned to school after spending a week learning with children in Sweden.

Police found a stolen car in the west Norfolk area whilst out on other duties.

The chairman of a west Norfolk heritage society who has given many years of his life to the role has stepped down.

Figures show the number of times Downham Market fire station has responded to false alarms in the last year.

A west Norfolk store has raised more than £1,000 for Children in Need, adding to the company’s overall fundraising total.

A west Norfolk school has become the first primary in the county to take children overseas, with pupils travelling to Sweden to study.

A popular west Norfolk firework display has received a ‘new record’ in attendance, with organisers claiming to be the biggest volunteer run fireworks display in East Anglia.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a Quadzilla was stolen from Outwell.

A west Norfolk primary school marked its 40th birthday celebration with an event bringing together three of the school’s headteachers.

A bike was seized after police caught the rider speeding and doing wheelies in a Norfolk town.

Why has this property been boarded-up for years?

A west Norfolk Poppy Appeal shop that raised more than £30,000 last year aims to achieve the same success.

Town entertained families this half-term with annual Halloween Fun Day.

The west Norfolk riding for the disabled centre will provide riding for people living with dementia.

A store supermarket has revealed its new shop layout and improvements after a multi- million pound refurbishment.

A bridge that was seen as a vital link for trade and commuters took 27 years to replace.

A west Norfolk town will host its traditional Christmas light switch on, marking the start of the festive season.

Downham Market is getting ready to host its annual Halloween fun day.

A person dubbed the ‘Queen of the witches’ will be making a rare speaking appearance in west Norfolk.

A church cancelled an event where MP Chris Williamson, who was suspended from the Labour Party, was due to speak.

School children dressed up in yellow to show their support for young people’s mental health.

Staff at a West Norfolk care home will be taking to the sky in the hopes their efforts will raise much needed funds for resident activities.

A Girlguiding group which appealed to the community for help has received a boost in donations.

A prospective Brexit Party candidate is unhappy with a town council decision against holding a political stand in the town.

A Norfolk town was brought alive with the sound of music.

A group of young baton twirlers have done their town proud by scoring their best results in 20 years.

This quiet market town has had its fair share of activity and royal visits. Here are ten things you may not know about Downham Market.

Thousands of eyes catch a glimpse of the ‘hunks’ of Downham Market every day on their way to and from work.

An exhibition will be held in a Norfolk town to celebrate 75 years of farming in the region.

Two head-turning hay bale sculptures have surprised motorists by appearing by the side of a busy road.

A West Norfolk town has won gold in an annual flower competition.

Girl guides in Downham Market are asking the local community to get involved and help refurbish their hut.

Organisers are making their way down the yellow brick road in preparation for their production of The Wizard of Oz.

Dignitaries and the people of Downham Market gathered in the town to remember the victory in the Battle of Britain.

Campaigners have called on councillors to declare a climate emergency.

Town target of double break-ins

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Shop windows were smashed and thousands of pounds of items were stolen in two town centre break-ins.

If you’re looking for a place to stop off and eat after exploring the beautiful scenic area or quaint market town of Downham Market, we have you covered.

An investigation into the cause of a blaze which gutted a Norfolk church is expected to take days, as conservation experts say the heritage lost in the fire is “irreplaceable”.

An air ambulance was called to a crash which closed a Norfolk road.

A woman who has struggled with mental health for years hopes to help the community by providing physical and mental health support.

Plans to convert a commercial hall into studio flats have been approved.

Plans to fence off a garden that has been used by dog walkers have been refused.

Kittens that were left uncared for and covered in fleas have gone to new families.

A planning application to build on land in a Norfolk town has been refused.

Firefighters were called to a road collision in Downham Market.

A group of runners from Downham Market took part in an event in memory of PC Andrew Harper who was killed on duty on August 15.

The longest staying cat at a Norfolk adoption centre has finally been given the chance he deserved.

An 11-year-old girl who ‘lives and breathes’ baton twirling competed in the International cup for the first time.

A cafe in West Norfolk has opened its doors to dogs, becoming the first dog-friendly cafe in the town.

Mourners stood in the rain to remember a selfless mum-of-four who died after bravely battling a rare cancer.

A community of walkers could lose the ground they have been walking on for years.

A kind-hearted six-year-old girl has given her pet tortoise to a Norfolk care home in a shell-fless act.

Thousands of people flocked to Downham Market Water Festival to see dragon boat racers battle each other, the wind and the 
rain.

A Norfolk town could come alive with the sound of music after a lottery grant.

Downham Market is one of Norfolk’s oldest towns dating back to Saxon times.

The funds raised for a terminally ill Norfolk woman who died following a battle against leukemia will be donated to the hospitals that cared for her.

A Norfolk town has been left devastated after a mum-of-four lost her battle with a rare form of blood cancer.

A quiet Norfolk town is transformed into a buzz of activity every year when the annual water festival takes place.

A planning application to develop on land in a Norfolk town has been deferred following a vote against it.

A west Norfolk youth group provides a space for children to “escape the troubles” outside and meet socially.

Train travel has been disrupted between Cambridge and King’s Lynn.

Protestors gathered to object to plans to build 100 houses in a Norfolk village.

The recent hot weather is being blamed for bringing a town’s landmark clock to a standstill.

He has pawsitively trounced the competition two years in a row and now one Norfolk police dog is looking to sniff out a third win.

Families have expressed concern over fly-tipping in a Norfolk town.

Cats at a Norfolk rehoming charity usually stay a few weeks, but this black cat has been waiting to be adopted for almost half a year.

For some pupils it was the first time they had ever tried Indian food, but a cultural workshop went down a treat with Norfolk teenagers.

After 30 years, a family-run, ladies fashion chain is closing one of its stores in west Norfolk.

These stunning pictures show the Fens at their best; wide open skies, endless horizons and washes that continue for miles. Yet these striking images have not been captured from a hi-tech drone or light aircraft, but from rather less sophisticated kit – a kite carrying a digital camera.

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