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Your Town | North Walsham

Population: 12,463

Nearby Towns: Aylsham, Cromer, Sheringham

Like its better known village neighbour Worstead, North Walsham’s early prosperity was due to the cloth of incoming Flemish weavers.

In 1381 it was a battlefield at the climax of a Peasants’ Revolt, which saw the peasants defeated by the heavily armed forces of the Bishop of Norwich and the peasants’ leader Geoffrey Litester hung drawn and quartered.

Paston Sixth form College includes buildings from the old school bearing the same name where Horatio Nelson was educated from 1868-1771.

A great fire in 1600 destroyed 118 homes and the previous market cross.

Today’s town has a busy market, a £5m Atrium arts centre, and Davenport’s Magic Kingdom museum and performance centre.

A mayor’s charity is taking a giant stride forward thanks to the donation of brand new shoes.

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A dedicated model-maker is helping to ignite memories of life in a different time.

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A young family fear they could be made homeless because of a delay over moving into their new £257,000 house.

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A Norfolk council has issued an ultimatum to JD Wetherspoon demanding to know whether it’s opening a pub in a Norfolk town or not.

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A £22,000 facelift has turned a community hospital day room into a welcoming space where patients and visitors can relax and reminisce.

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Items up for discussion at a Norfolk council meeting include a no confidence vote in one of its councillors.

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Members from all nine churches in North Walsham came together for the first time at a special covenant service.

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Five hundred Hessian sacks are helping maintain part of north Norfolk’s heritage, and allowing the public to enjoy the results.

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A newly formed theatre company made up of ex-Paston College students is staging its first play early next month.

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Calls have been made for elderly people without property or savings to be given more help to pay for their care.

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Community leaders are putting together the first North Walsham Town Guide for five years, and they need the public’s help.

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Motorists can expect delays when a road is closed for 72 days while sewage works are carried out.

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A car ended up on its side and a man was taken to hospital after a crash in North Walsham.

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They live close enough to hear our arguments and be kept awake by our late-night parties.

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Employers and business people are being urged to take part in a school’s mentoring scheme aimed at helping students gain the confidence and skills they will need when they join the workforce.

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A window at a musical instruments shop was smashed on New Year’s Eve.

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A fundraising campaign to buy a village pub for the community has been kick-started with a £500 charity grant.

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Two volunteers are needed to take the restoration of one of only four canal locks in Norfolk to the next stage.

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

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While many people spent New Year’s Day nursing a hangover or having a well-earned lie-in, more than 350 hardy folk turned out to a cloud-covered Sheringham seafront to brush off the Christmas cobwebs by plunging into the icy cold waves.

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Barber shop opens at former Norfolk pub

Thursday, December 20, 2018

A barber’s shop has opened on the ground floor of a former Norfolk pub that closed two years ago.

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Schoolchildren have written to avid wildlife campaigner Prince Harry about their projects to save endangered animals.

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A north Norfolk family business has won gold at a prestigious awards ceremony for a product which ensures both parents and newborns get to sleep like babies.

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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.

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Vandalism to a state-of-the art £90,000 play park just days after it opened has been described as “mindless destruction”.

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A state-of-the art new £90,000 play park that was officially opened on the weekend has already been vandalised.

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From being a town with a dearth of children’s play equipment on offer, North Walsham can now boast a good selection, with more to follow.

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Fifteen organisations shared a £69,360 windfall as north Norfolk’s largest social landlord announced its biggest ever grants round.

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A day service for adults with learning disabilities has officially opened at its new home.

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Police have confirmed that a man’s body was found in North Walsham this morning, Friday, November 23.

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A Norfolk MP will hold a phone operator to account if a long-delayed telecommunications mast is not operational by January.

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Many national banks are closing their branches but Santander’s newly designed and refurbished home in North Walsham will officially be opened on Friday, November 23.

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A pamper and well-being day is being held as part of the White Ribbon campaign to help stamp out domestic abuse in Norfolk.

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Police are re-appealing for help to trace a 46-year-old man who is missing from the North Walsham area.

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A Norfolk school will be saying ‘Hola’ to its Spanish friends next year as it celebrates its latest award.

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Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 46-year-old man who is missing from the North Walsham area.

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A rugby club raised £3300 to help fund a project that will enable early testing into prostate cancer based in Norwich.

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A Norfolk school has picked its first head boy and girl.

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A row has broken out over delays to pub giant JD Wetherspoon opening a new business in a Norfolk town.

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People at risk of getting type 2 diabetes have been getting advice on how to prevent it.

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Amnesty International’s annual letter-writing campaign is being launched in north Norfolk to support women who have been locked-up, harassed or killed for defending their rights.

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After recent deaths in north Norfolk, bereaved parents, a GP and a campaigner tell JESSICA FRANK-KEYES how a lack of local services is failing suicidal young men.

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A driver who caused a serious collision has received a four-week ban after magistrates heard that a longer ban would make travelling a “pain”.

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A vandalised bench is so badly damaged it will have to be replaced - but a council said it not would not stop them trying to improve a Norfolk town.

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Revised plans to build 43 affordable homes in a north Norfolk town, submitted by Victory Housing Trust, are recommended for approval by councillors.

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Police are appealing for witnesses following the death of a 28-year-old woman in a three-vehicle crash on the A149, near North Walsham.

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Free advice and coaching on digital skills from Google will be available in North Walsham.

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Woman in her 20s dies in crash on A149

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Police have confirmed a woman has died following a serious collision on the A149 near North Walsham.

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Three vehicles were involved in a “serious collision” on the A149 near North Walsham.

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Crews are still on the scene at a roof fire in Felmingham.

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A charity trampolining event raised £3,000 for the coronary care unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

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Norfolk and Waveney have lost around 50 bank and building society branches in the past four years, figures have revealed.

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A Norfolk hotel has been chosen as one of the ten new discoveries in the Good Hotel Guide 2019.

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A popular coastal bus route is among a host of rural services under threat because there are too many people using it with a free bus pass, the firm’s boss claims.

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People who gave their lives fighting for their country, whether England or Germany, were remembered at a poignant civic dinner in North Walsham.

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A Norfolk town will be left without any national bank branches following the latest closures announcement.

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A community driver who helps elderly people get about in north Norfolk is set to get a ‘Big Surprise’ on national television.

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An inquest has been opened after a 30-year-old man’s body was found in a field in Mundesley.

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Norfolk’s chief fire officer hopes a lifesaving scheme which sees firefighters respond to medical emergencies in the county can be revived.

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

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Revised plans to build 43 affordable homes in Laundry Loke, North Walsham have been submitted by social housing landlord Victory Housing Trust.

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A survivor of meningitis raised £2,640 to help fight the disease.

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Pirates descend on Norfolk care home

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A pirate-themed day was held at a north Norfolk care home.

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The space behind St Benet Hall in North Walsham has been transformed into a new community garden with colourful murals.

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A travel consultant has spoken of how her husband’s life was saved by the coronary care unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

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A popular annual calendar showcasing archive photographs of the North Walsham area will spark off many happy memories.

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A businesswoman opening a new home furnishings shop in North Walsham has expressed confidence in the town’s future.

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A community nature group is inviting volunteers to help clean out a town pond and surrounding area in North Walsham.

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A love-struck woman with an eight-year obsession with a clergyman breached a banning order by bombarding him with 87 letters in just three months, a court heard.

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More tributes have been paid to a Norfolk couple who died within three hours of each other.

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Members of the public are urged to nominate the community heroes who have made a difference in north Norfolk.

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A charity shop in North Walsham is to champion reading for children as it launches a new book club.

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North Walsham’s answer to Nicky Clarke, Shaun Marshall is celebrating 40 years of being the proud owner of the Snippers salon.

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Plans for 200 new homes in North Walsham have hit another setback, after an appeal was dismissed.

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A Deliveroo driver who was 
sent flying off his moped 
while exiting a Broadland Northway (NDR) roundabout 
has thanked those who came 
to his aid.

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Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault near North Walsham.

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Traders have launched a last-ditch bid to save their livelihoods at a Norfolk farm as the district council seek to force them to leave after 10 years over planning breaches.

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North Norfolk has become the full-time home of two of the fabulous GoGoHares that have taken the region by storm.

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North Norfolk is leading the way in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Apple record label being formed, and the anniversary of the group’s White Album.

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A rare chance to visit two canal locks usually hidden from public view, a walk packed with heritage and wildlife, and a boat trip are on offer as part of Heritage Open Days events.

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A community shed where men can improve their health and well-being by sharing skills, tools and banter is set to open in North Walsham.

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Hundreds of people have signed a petition calling on BT Openreach to end delays to improving mobile phone reception in North Walsham.

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A plaque has been presented to Bradfield Cricket Club celebrating North Norfolk District Council’s £15,000 grant from its Big Society Fund.

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A man was arrested for being nearly three times the drink-drive limit in the early hours today.

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Long-awaited improvements to water drainage in a north Norfolk village may have to wait due to a lack of money.

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A retired nurse from Norfolk has highlighted the county’s role in the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 in an historical novel.

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Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner is continuing his tour of the county to seek views from members of the public about who should govern the fire service.

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One of the region’s most scenic train lines which once faced the threat of closure has marked the 21st anniversary of a partnership which has helped keep it alive.

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A remembrance garden will be created around a new war memorial at a north Norfolk village.

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Businesses, charities, communities and individuals have pulled together to back the special day which takes place on Friday, July 27.

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Money needed for a new play park in North Walsham was raised in just one year.

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A pensioner has been told to remove a vegetable garden he created without permission in a communal area by his home because it’s a health and safety hazard.

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Hundreds of students met the potential employers on their doorstep at an inaugural skills and careers festival.

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A North Walsham resident has called vandals that destroyed a park bench “pathetic” and “inadequate”.

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Youngsters from a north Norfolk primary school competed aginst hundreds of other pupils to win places and prizes in a mythology competition.

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People can once again see fascinating archive photographs of North Walsham at an annual popular event.

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Retirement builder McCarthy and Stone has named its latest development in North Walsham, Louis Arthur Court, in honour of the royal baby, Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge.

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The approval of a breakthrough cancer drug to be available on the NHS is bittersweet for a North Walsham mother whose 22-month-old son died from the disease five years ago.

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Campaigners have welcomed work starting to make a busy road used by pedestrians and schoolchildren safer.

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Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after the theft of alcohol from Waitrose in North Walsham.

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