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Population: 6,935

Nearby Towns: Dereham, Downham Market, Watton

A reader who specialises in writing about culture fears some independent museums will not recover from lockdown, but also highlights how museums are connecting with new audiences including a tv documentary and older volunteers taking over social media.

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A centuries-old town market has reopened for the first time since lockdown.

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Did you find an egg on your doorstep in Swaffham on Sunday? Here’s why.

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Poignant tributes have been paid to the ‘Mrs Cricket’ of Swaffham, who lost her battle with cancer, aged 50.

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From local bakeries to members of the community, dozens of people are coming together to help the vulnerable through the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Events across the region are being cancelled as coronavirus takes hold. Here are the events that have been cancelled in Swaffham so far:

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A ball pool, soft play maze and beanbag area are some of the features planned for a “first of its kind” soft play area and cafe in a Norfolk town.

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Police are investigating a fire in a warehouse at a builder’s merchant.

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Firefighters are still damping down at the scene of a major fire at a builder’s merchant.

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A man who stole Christmas presents from the back of a car has been given a suspended prison sentence.

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A man has been left with head and face injuries and a damaged car after being assaulted by a group of teenagers in a Norfolk town.

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An afternoon of Pancake Day racing went down a treat in Swaffham as teams competed for a special prize.

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A date has been announced for the re-opening of a newly refurbished £1.5 million sports facility.

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The inquest into the death of a 24-year-old insurance advisor who died after a car crash will be held in April.

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Permission has been given for a former bank building to be turned into a café with a soft play area.

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A shop which attracts gamers from far and wide has announced it is set to close.

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The chance to bag a prize-winning fresh bird for the Christmas dinner table is set to bring hundreds of bidders to traditional festive poultry auctions across Norfolk.

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Breckland’s concentration of potato-growing knowhow has made it the “farming equivalent of Canary Wharf”, according to one of three farms in the area to earn national industry recognition.

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An illegal rave was a birthday party which had to be moved at short notice, a court was told.

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to kill a woman who was assaulted in a Norfolk market town.

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An elderly woman has thanked the Good Samaritans who came to her aid after she suffered a nasty fall and cut her face.

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A proposal to erect a statue honouring Howard Carter in a Norfolk town has been pooh-poohed as a “tad pretentious”.

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Priceless religious wall paintings are at risk, warns a charity launching an appeal to save them.

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Swaffham is one of 69 historic English shopping centres to benefit from the government’s £95m regeneration fund.

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A great dane who tore a muscle chasing a squirrel needs a £3,200 operation to help her walk again.

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Time limits on some car parks in Swaffham town centre are being introduced as part of a trial aimed at making more spaces available and boosting the economy.

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A fire in Swaffham is being treated as a suspected arson attack.

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A £6m revamp of a stately home will include a new visitor experience.

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Was it the missing headlight, the mangled wing or the number plate about to fall off..?
Something about this Citroen hatchback caught police officers’ eyes when they attended an illegal rave.

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Residential care in luxury surroundings is on offer at a new unit just opened at a Norfolk care home.

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A forest school that was vandalised for a third time earlier this year should now be safe, after a commercial landscaping company came to the rescue.

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