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Great Yarmouth’s new Marina Centre, currently taking shape on the resort’s seafront, today (Thursday 23 September) moved another step closer to opening its doors to the public when a ‘topping out’ ceremony was held. Pouring a celebratory glass of locally-brewed beer over the top-most beam of the building, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Cllr Carl Smith described the ceremony as “a great privilege for me” as he marked the completion of the exterior of the centre. He said: “We’ve now reached an exciting milestone in the construction of this landmark building. This new state-of-the-art visitor destination will be a major year-round boost for Great Yarmouth and the surrounding area, bringing great benefits in supporting the health and wellbeing of our community and visitors for many years to come. It…
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Great Yarmouth has been chosen by Active Training World, one of the largest endurance events companies in the UK, to host their end of season finale Triathlon. Active Training World offers events most weekends of the year, ranging from running to duathlons, swimming, cycling-sportive and triathlons. Known for its friendly and community driven approach at events, the event organiser anticipates an exciting opportunity to branch out to Norfolk. Cllr Carl Smith, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: “This is a great event in which the entire family can get involved; whether that’s as a spectator, as a group in the family fun run or going solo in the triathlon.” Race director, Matthew Dickinson, said “We are really looking forward to this exciting new event, offering the competitors the opportunity…
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Great Yarmouth is to receive a large financial boost to help it increase its tree canopy in a scheme designed to engage local people with nature and inspire a new generation to plant and protect urban trees. The borough is one of seven locations which are project partners in Trees for Cities, which has secured funding of over £1.2 million from the Government’s £40 million second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, a multi-million pound boost for green jobs and nature recovery. Historically, Great Yarmouth town was richly planted with many urban orchards, avenues of trees and planted areas, and the planned programme of tree planting will help re-establish these areas with avenues and landmark trees, giving local residents who have limited access to green spaces a sense of…
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Anyone who lives, works, visits or studies in Gorleston is being given the chance to have their say on the future of the town’s seafront. Great Yarmouth Borough Council is taking the first steps in the development of a masterplan which will be finalised next Spring and will help guide future decisions about the seafront to ensure its unique offer is preserved whilst opportunities to enhance the area are explored. The council has launched an online survey asking for feedback on what local people would like to see and wants to hear views on what they love about the seafront, what they would like changed or what improvements they would like made. Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Councillor Carl Smith said “Gorleston seafront is a significant natural and architectural…
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Great Yarmouth’s Wellesley Recreation Ground, which contains what is thought to be the oldest wooden football grandstand in Britain, and possibly the world, is set to be brought bang up-to-date with the addition of a new state-of-the-art artificial pitch area - and local residents and visitors are invited to have their say. During a fun ‘access-all-areas’ event on Saturday, 21 August, everyone will get the chance to look at the exciting plans for the site, to see its untapped potential and contribute their thoughts on how the historically-important ground could be sympathetically improved for greater community use. Those unable to attend on the day can fill in the online survey. Run by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the ground is home to Great Yarmouth Town Football Club and Great Yarmouth &…
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Last week, the stars of South Norfolk were invited to a special Community Champions reception, held by Council Chairman Florence Ellis.Fourteen awards were handed out to individuals who have gone above and beyond to improve the lives of local residents at the event which was held at the Corn Hall in Diss.Councillor Florence Ellis said: “We wanted to say thank you to these remarkable people who have shown unbelievable kindness and compassion when it has mattered the most. The service they have provided to residents and continue to provide has made a huge difference to the lives of local people and we wanted to recognise and applaud that.”Certificates were handed to: Park Radio, Robin Stamp, Lorraine Burrell, Liz Brown, Heather Jackson, Cathy Harvey, Pauline Shadbolt, Samantha England, Lizzy Pegg, Michael…
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Community and voluntary groups, arts and cultural organisations, businesses and individuals across the Great Yarmouth Borough and East Suffolk Council areas have given an enthusiastic welcome to the coastal region’s entry into the race to become the UK City of Culture in 2025. The two councils confirmed their joint bid on Monday July 19, backed by 150 letters of support from key players and community representatives of important sectors across the region. Excitement has also been expressed on social media for what would be a game-changing opportunity, giving a huge boost to the tourism and hospitality sectors as they emerge from the pandemic and putting the whole area and its 70 miles of coastline into the spotlight as a major cultural destination. Suffolk Chamber of Commerce president Paul Briddon said…
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South Norfolk Council’s Leisure Centre in Long Stratton has achieved a rating of ‘excellent’ from Quest – the industry’s go-to scheme for quality assurance.The assessment focussed on the Leisure Centre’s recovery from the pandemic and its ongoing Covid-19 security measures. A range of areas were put under the spotlight including cleanliness and hygiene, how effectively the Centre was managed, the customer experience and community engagement. South Norfolk Councillor Alison Thomas, Cabinet member for Better Lives, said: "The team at Long Stratton Leisure Centre have worked extremely hard to keep our customers safe during this pandemic and its fantastic they have received this top accreditation as recognition. It’s also an assurance to all our customers that they can continue to keep fit and healthy in a Covid-secure environment.”
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With a shared cultural history linked to the sea, beautiful beaches, historic buildings and bordered by the unique Broads National Park, Great Yarmouth Borough and East Suffolk Councils have joined forces for an exciting bid to become UK City of Culture 2025. Announced today, their bid aims to showcase the region’s rich and multi-layered culture, its diversity, its people and their creativity, experiences, buildings and landscapes, opening them up to be enjoyed and engaged with by all and creating a cultural legacy for future generations. Aiming to create a groundswell of enthusiastic support and engagement amongst everyone involved, it will play a key role in the efforts of both communities to overcome the challenges of low social mobility and disadvantage in the area, helping it to recover from the effects…
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The Norfolk Association of Architects, The Norwich Society and Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement, have launched the search for the best new architecture in the county, in the lead up to the announcement of their 2021 Norwich + Norfolk Design and Craftsmanship Awards. These biennial awards celebrate outstanding buildings and places in the county. A presentation ceremony will be held this Autumn. The awards will go to projects that are well designed, meet the needs of their users and also contribute to the public enjoyment of places. The Sir Bernard Feilden award will also be presented for the best conservation scheme in Norwich. The judges will be looking for a high standard of design and craftsmanship in their construction and finishes. The winners will also have…
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