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Population: 7,357

Nearby Towns: Dereham, Holt, Hunstanton

A 20-year-old farm worker died after losing control of his car on an icy road.

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When Bill Hall went for a dip at his local swimming pool, he never expected it would lead to meeting the love of his life.

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As lockdown measures start to ease, signs of normality are returning in Fakenham.

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The Premier League may be on pause due to the pandemic, but Norwich City Football Club has still been spreading that winning feeling.

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A trader has said he believes people are well accustomed to social distancing measures ahead of a town market’s reopening.

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A community centre has been dealt a devastating blow after £500 worth of stock was stolen in a burglary.

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An elderly couple were conned out of £12,000 in a courier fraud in north Norfolk.

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A woman has said she is livid with the “appalling” treatment from Ryanair while she fights for an illegally overdue refund on a cancelled flight.

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A Norfolk martial arts teacher is opening his own school after his holiday plans fell through.

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Carers across Norfolk are providing invaluable support for their residents, becoming an extended family for the people they care for.

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The people of Fakenham paid their respects to a local lorry driver as a procession of trucks made its way to his funeral.

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Businesses have had to acclimatise to a world turned upside down during coronavirus lockdown.

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The UK’s population of cranes has reached its highest level for more than 400 years, conservationists have said.

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Despite closing just over a month ago, one North Norfolk deli is back in business.

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A barber is celebrating her 10th year in the industry.

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A Norfolk photographer is using his skills to document the lockdown in his market town.

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Having 30 easter eggs would be every 11-year-olds dream. However, two brothers saw it as the opportunity to bring some joy to those in need.

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A north Norfolk school is helping to protect the NHS workers as they produce PPE masks.

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A couple who are in isolation have discovered they are to be great-grandparents again - thanks to a message in the EDP.

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A charity producing a free talking newspaper for the visually 
impaired is carrying on despite the coronavirus pandemic.

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From fresh fruit and vegetables to locally made gin, many businesses right here in Norfolk are helping ensure local people get the items they need through home delivery services.

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Her mission has taken her around the world to break down barriers about disability, but she is now looking to one day spread the word even further.

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A 15-year-old girl has pleaded for help to find her best friend - her missing pet owl.

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Despite markets closing across the country, one Norfolk tradesman says his business is moving forward in the face of coronavirus.

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A Fakenham teenager has hailed the ‘life-changing’ course that the town’s Rotary club sponsored him through.

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The coordinator of a volunteer group assisting vulnerable and isolated people during the coronavirus pandemic is hoping to add more services as isolation steps up across the town.

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The father of a Norfolk engineer is “proud as punch” as his son is nominated to be the best in the country.

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Events across Fakenham are being cancelled as coronavirus takes hold.

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Academy moves A-levels online

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A Norfolk academy has moved its first year A-levels and BTec classes online to ensure students sitting exams are ready.

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A man dubbed “Brain of Britain” by his defence brief has been jailed after a plan to trick a jury into thinking he was not conspiring to supply cocaine fell flat.

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A charity director has made a call to arms for volunteers to help out the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A gin and beer festival for charity has been postponed.

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A market town deli which is closing down just six months after opening says customers need to be more supportive of local businesses - warning them to “use it or lose it”.

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Market town plans VE day celebrations

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Its time to get the Union Flag bunting out and get ready to dance in the street as VE day comes to Fakenham.

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Can a market town become entirely plastic-free?

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First look at new Norfolk school

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Plans for a new special educational needs school in a north Norfolk town have taken a step forward.

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Over a slice of cake and a cup of tea, the last topic you expect people to talk about is your mortality. But that is exactly what is being encouraged at ‘death cafes’.

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The co-owner of a new bar and restaurant is hoping to bring the community back together ahead of its opening.

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Shoppers at a market town store could be getting a free ride home thanks to a new community scheme.

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A market town’s Festival of Ideas has gone back to the drawing board.

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It’s been six months since their “dangerous” decision to open a shop on the high street. But what is it like running a shop in a market town?

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A Norfolk woman has donated 17 inches of her own hair for charity.

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When you think of students cooking, pot noodles, ready meals and takeaways come to mind. But one Norfolk student is tackling that stereotype pan first.

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A market town’s new ‘pop up’ post office will open its doors this week.

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A market town will become the first place in the country to trial a new postal service.

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A director at an engineering company has been left devastated after three tonnes of materials and cash were stolen by culprits who took their haul away in a forklift.

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The new owner of a historic sweet shop said it could have closed its doors if she did not step in.

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Thieves used a forklift truck to steal three tonnes of brass and steel along with a motorbike and £70 cash from businesses in north Norfolk.

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It is just over a month since the closure of Fakenham’s post office, and hopes over a new temporary location have been dashed.

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A rugby club chairman says there is no time to rest on its laurels after a surge in members.

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Drivers are being warned to expect delays as a road closure and temporary traffic lights will be in place while gas work is carried out over the next month.

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A lorry driver from north Norfolk is prepared to take a four-minute parking bill to court.

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A Norfolk racecourse is using one of the most popular racing events of the year to fight food poverty.

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A local business owner is hoping the return of a town’s fayre 
will keep the momentum going for its high street.

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A church spire was blown off as the high winds of Storm Ciara wreaked havoc across Norfolk.

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Elderly people were left stranded in their homes after Storm Ciara caused flooding in Fakenham.

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A Norfolk sports centre say it will not get into a financial struggle again after a rescue fund drummed up £11,000.

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The mayor of a north Norfolk town says she is appalled by the closure of the town’s registrar’s office.

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Sixth form plans play for classic novel

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A north Norfolk sixth form is putting on its own interpretation of a literary classic.

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A north Norfolk choir is hoping people will lend their voices as they host a charity day.

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A parkrun ambassador has issued a rallying call for volunteers in a bid to set up an international running event in north Norfolk.

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The fate of a market town’s post office is being discussed at a council meeting tonight.

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A town council’s lack of action over the closure of a post office has been branded “embarrassing” by a councillor.

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A Fakenham man is taking on the London Marathon in a bid to give something back to the charity that helped kick-start his career.

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The new manager of a Norfolk sports centre said children should get active instead of “eating rubbish and doing a lack of exercise”.

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Plans for new Norfolk homes are put on hold after a town council rejected an alternative proposal on a footpath

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New bar for Fakenham Racecourse

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Race-goers could soon be enjoying a pint at a new bar at Fakenham Racecourse.

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15 signs you grew up in Fakenham

Friday, January 10, 2020

The famous things you only got to see if you grew up in this famous market town.

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A Norfolk charity chairman hopes that a showcase in Norwich will bring people to the town.

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The chairmen of a Norfolk cricket club meets with Norfolk County Councillors as land consulation over SEND school continues.

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Crowds gathered for the Boxing Day meet of Britain’s oldest hunt.

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A woman left bedbound with an incurable illness revealed her fight simply to be believed.

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Fakenham Ukes, who have become well known for their charity work, were at it again.

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The co-owner of a deli has been left heartbroken after finding her shop damaged.

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A secretary of a cricket club belives that the failure of a lease agreement has had a “detrimental effect” on them

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Mince pies are as much a part of Christmas cuisine as the pigs in blankets you put away and the sprouts you push to the side of your plate.

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The annual Christmas tree festival broke its own fundraising records.

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The operators of a controversial car park are hoping to leave on better terms.

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Fakenham Racecourse is starting a run of charity events with a Christmas Jumpers day.

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Work is progressing so well at a housing development in north Norfolk that about 15pc of the homes could soon be occupied.

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Plans for 41 new homes in town

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Four apartment blocks comprising 41 new homes could be built on a section of former railway cutting in Fakenham.

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An 85-year-old pensioner was found dead in a river, a court was told.

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A 62-year-old man died after taking an overdose of painkillers, an inquest heard.

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A poor year for a famous Norfolk malting barley variety has sparked calls for higher premiums to be paid to farmers to acknowledge the financial risks of growing it.

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A 46-year-old man has appeared in court charged with sending lewd messages to young girls.

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A motorcyclist died after his machine crashed into a car at high speed, an inquest heard today.

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An inspirational Norfolk farmer who selflessly fought to smash the stigmas around mental health during his own battle with terminal cancer has won a national honour from his industry.

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Hidden in a corner of a farmyard, they were once in the vanguard of our nation’s defence.

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A re-dedication service was held to mark the official completion of a £270,000 restoration project at a north Norfolk church.

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A previously unknown wall painting was uncovered during a £270,000 restoration of a tiny church in north Norfolk.

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A former RAF station was brought to life with the opening of a new heritage centre in north Norfolk.

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An ex-policeman has been praised on social media for smashing a car window to rescue a hot and distressed dog from inside.

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The future sustainability of a Mid Norfolk village has been given a boost with planning permission granted for 21 new homes, including five affordable properties.

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A slowed-down form of rugby is proving a great success across a range of ages at Fakenham since its start at the beginning of May.

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A Norfolk mum who has two sons with autism persuaded bosses at a nature reserve to host a new ‘accessible’ family weekend.

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Controversial plans to build up to 55 homes on a pasture field in the Wensum Valley are included in a district council’s draft local plan.

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