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The Thetford Players' production of Lionel Bart's Oliver! at the Carnegie Room. Pictures by Maria Cooke.

An amateur dramatics group is celebrating the unprecedented success of its first full length musical production.

Poppy Mai FC, pictured in their kit, played a match against Thetford Town FC in aid of the Poppy's Field fund, set up for terminally ill toddler Poppy-Mai Barnard who died in May. Courtesy of Dave Evans.

A football team dedicated to Poppy-Mai Barnard has its sights on the big leagues after playing its first match in aid of a charity set up for the toddler.

Thetford
Police believe the two suspects may have been working as part of a larger team. Picture: Ian Burt

A private church service at RAF Marham has been postponed following a week of drama.

King's Lynn
The Thetford Young Business Group's summer social event at the Charles Burrell Centre. Mayor of Thetford Terry Jermy, Mayor's Consort Corinne Fulford, town councillor Denis Crawford and centre manager Mark Snowdon with young businesspeople and students from Thetford Academy.

A community hub which came out its first year with a financial surplus has celebrated its achievement with residents and tenants at its first AGM.

Charles Burrell Centre
Des Reynolds, CEO of Engage Trust. Picture: SUBMITTED

Managers of a struggling free school for challenging pupils have been told by inspectors it is unlikely to be lifted out of special measures by next year without “further prompt action to secure better behaviour”.

Thetford
EDP Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Awards 2015 at St Andrews Hall, Norwich. Special Recognition Award winners  the Norfolk D-Day Veterans. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Whether young, old or somewhere in between, everybody has the opportunity to contribute to our community and help make it a better place to live.

Nigel Pickover
Malcolm Quantrill and Colin Rands are cycling 150 miles from Mundford to Manchester in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

A charity cycle ride will be a memorable journey for one fundraiser as he pedals across the country in memory of his wife.

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Thetford and Brandon Sport

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Mia Browne
Aiden Try in triple jump action whilst representing Team Norfolk during the latest round of the Youth Development League in Crawley.

Three Thetford AC athletes were in action whilst representing Team Norfolk during the latest round of the Youth Development League in Crawley.

Action from Bury Saints 39-13 win over Colchester Gladiators in Thetford - RB Derek White runs in his 60 yard TD. Picture: William G Watson

Bury Saints clinched the Southern Football Conference One title with a 39-13 drubbing of last year’s play-off participants Colchester Gladiators on a sun-drenched day in Thetford.

Thetford Rugby Club
Kickboxer Alfie Lynch, 14, from Brandon, has been selected to compete in the World Martial Arts Games in South Africa. Pictured with his trainer Billy Brown, of Billy Brown Kickboxing Club.

A young martial artist is celebrating a kickboxing success after securing a place in an international sports event.

University of East Anglia
Robert Purton in bat for Cromer on Saturday. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Batsman Dean Robinson trumped his remarkable 2016 top score to inspire promoted North Runcton’s latest triumph.

Chad Bowes
Action from Bury Saints' 26-26 draw at Sussex Thunder - QB (9) Francis Hughes hands ball off to RB (7) Cory Jenkins. Picture: William G Watson

Just under 12 months ago a hot and sunny day was the backdrop for an epic encounter between the two sides which saw the Saints win in triple overtime and advance to the RoseBowl.

Cory Jenkins

Thetford and Brandon Events

Ann-May Patridge has written a book about the lives of the men inscribed on the war memeorial at East Harling. The book is called, Name On A Stone, East and West Harling.

A Norfolk author who has spent more than a decade researching the lives of her village’s war veterans has published a collection of their stories.

Thetford
The Thetford Players rehearse for their production of Oliver!, the group's first full length musical.

An amateur dramatics group is rehearsing hard before it takes to the stage for its first full length musical production.

Thetford Academy
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott who wowed Thetford Forest last night.

Like football and Brexit, both of which loomed large, this was an evening of two halves.

Italy
James Bay

Near the end of James Bay’s sell-out show in Thetford Forest on Friday night, he asked the crowd to do “that little phone thing we all like to see”, modestly adding: “I might never get the chance to do this again.”

Forestry Commission

Norfolk Entertainment

Gemma Sutton, William Thompson and Michael Crawford in The Go-Between. Photo: Johan Persson

The Go-Between marks Michael Crawford’s long-awaited return to London’s West End. For the musical’s producer Joseph Smith, it’s a return to his Norfolk roots. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage finds out more.

BBC
UK company Southpaw will perform Carousel, “an enthralling tale of the fairground after dark”, on one of the two new Great Yarmouth seafront sites for the Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts funded by an Arts Council grant secured by the Great Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area.

Spectacular, quirky and breathtaking international performances will take place along Great Yarmouth seafront in this year’s Out There Festival, with the help of a £70,000 grant.

United Kingdom
Gemma Sutton, William Thompson and Michael Crawford in the West End production of The Go-Between. Photo: Johan Persson

That classic Norfolk-set tale of forbidden love, The Go-Between, has been turned into a West End musical starring Michael Crawford. And for the musical’s producer Joseph Smith, it’s a return to his county roots. Wayne Savage finds out more.

BBC
Truckfest East will be at the Norolk Showground on 20 and 21 August. Pictured: Amy & Ronnie. Picture: Supplied

They’re big, brash and loud and they’re bound for Norfolk.

Europe
Around 3000 tonnes of fireworks and equipment will be used over the two nights.

Organisers give an exclusive insight into what to expect at next month’s Proms - the hottest ticket in town.

Norfolk Sport

Cyclists mark the completion of the new first section of the new £1m Hoveton to Horning Three Rivers Cycleway.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Neighbouring riverside villages have been opened up to visitors after a £1m cycle path, the first stretch in a longer route, was unveiled after years of campaigning.

Broads Authority
Niels-Kristian Iversen in the pits. Picture: Ian Burt

Danish skipper Niels-Kristian Iversen is “all up for winning” as his country bids to bounce back from their 2015 World Cup final last-heat heartbreak in this year’s opener at Vojens tonight.

Germany
At least the rainbow provided one bright spot on Wednesday. Picture: PAUL TIBBS

King’s Lynn Stars officials have moved to compensate spectators after the farcical postponed meeting against the Swindon Robins.

The Union Jack flags will be waving at Belle Vue. Picture: IAN BURT

After a month’s break our speedway podcast is back.

Eastern Daily Press
James Spelman preparing to drive on his way to a century against Buckinghamshire. Picture: Tim Ferley

Scoring a first century of the season for Norfolk has raised the spirits and ambitions of long-serving opening batsman James Spelman.

France

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