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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.

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”.

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.

RAF Marham is still on high alert after last night's attack on a serviceman close to the Norfolk base. Picture: Ian Burt

Pedestrians and motorists travelling in Marham on Wednesday, July 20 are being urged to come forward as police continue to investigate the attempted abduction of an RAF serviceman.

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Imogen Clarke, from Ancient House Museum, and Tina Cunnell, Thetford town clerk, were invited to attend the Heritage Open Days 2016 launch in London to showcase Thetford.

A historic Breckland town was among a handful of locations around the UK to be represented at the national launch of this year’s Heritage Open Days project.

RAF Marham is still on high alert after last night's attack. Picture: Ian Burt

Norfolk police launch a hotline for the public to report sightings of a dark people carrier as it emerges that two men of “Middle Eastern origin” attempted to abduct a serviceman close to the RAF Marham air base yesterday afternoon.

Norfolk Police
Donna Warnock and Stacey Clark from Thetford completed a sky dive to raise money for Meet Up in Thetford and Walmington Court Youth Hostel, both managed by the Benjamin Foundation. Courtesy of Donna Warnock

Two youth hostel workers took a leap of faith for a Norfolk charity close to both their hearts.

Benjamin Foundation

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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. 


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

Duncan Hewitt
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

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Sunset over Happisburgh Lighthouse. Photo by Richard Sagon.

A north Norfolk landmark is opening its doors to the public this weekend in the first of a series of open days planned this summer.

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Norwich Theatre Royal. Photo: submitted.

A classic novel loved by generations is being given a new circus-themed twist in a show heading to Norwich Theatre Royal.

Emma Knights
The Searchers

A north Norfolk market town frequented by the royal family is set to welcome show business royalty to its heart this week.


Norfolk Sport

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.

Lynn Stars
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.

Remedial work takes place on the track. Picture: PAUL TIBBS

Buster Chapman issued a public apology after his beloved club produced a terrible advert for the sport he controls.

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