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TOP businesses stepped into the spotlight at the glittering trophy presentation ceremony for the Spirit of Enterprise Awards, the most prestigious annual celebration of business excellence in the Great Yarmouth borough. Organised by enterpriseGY, Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s business support service, the popular awards aim to recognise and raise the profile of the borough’s top-performing companies, while boosting confidence in the strength of the local economy. The ceremony, held in the Town Hall’s grand Assembly Room on Friday, saw API Microelectronics Limited announced in front of 200 guests as Great Yarmouth’s 2018 Business of the Year, having been chosen from the winners of the other categories by overall award sponsor Noritake Itron. Special crystal trophies were also presented to the winners of the various categories, with finalists spanning a wide…
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Supporters of Norfolk Black History Month gathered at Norwich War Memorial on Sunday, October 28 to commemorate the service of 1.5 million people from Africa, the Indian sub continent and the Caribbean, who volunteered to fight for the UK in World War I. Danny Keen, Chairman of Norfolk Black History Month made a speech at the commemoration in which he also explained that a total of 1.5 million African people lost their lives in in the War. Most of these people were bearers, not soldiers, nor were they volunteers; they were workers carrying weapons and supplies. This great loss of African lives has been largely forgotten.
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Norfolk Bluebell Wood Burial Park’s floral oasis has attracted admiring families from across the country since it opened almost three years ago. Now that number is set to soar further following a significant investment, part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. A state-of-the-art, environment-sensitive ceremonial hall has been built on the 18-acre parkland development, just off the A140 at Hainford. The eight-sided Cedar Hall, which can seat 120 people with standing room for another 80, has been built according to the strict code of sustainability principles that have governed the 10-year-old burial park vision. Norfolk Bluebell Wood Burial Park, which has the motto “At One With Nature”, aims to be carbon neutral within the next 18 months.
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A new Edith Cavell interpretation board was unveiled in Tombland, Norwich next to the Edith Cavell monument on Saturday, October 13. Explaining the significance of Edith Cavell and the sacrifice that she made, the new board marks the centenary of the unveiling of the monument, by Queen Alexandra, on October 12, 1918, the third anniversary of Edith Cavell's execution in Brussels, by a German firing squad. The monument was originally in front of the Maids Head Hotel, next to the Edith Cavell Rest Home for Nurses, which was also opened by Queen Alexandra in 1918. The Norwich rest home was the sixth in a series of Edith Cavell rest homes, funded by public subscription, and opened across the country. The homes cared for exhausted nurses, traumatised by the impact of…
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Norfolk Black History Month returns throughout October with a busy programme of art, music, film, talks and history events celebrating 70 years of the Windrush generation, and also marking the centenaries of the end of World War I and the Representation of the People Act, which gave women the right to vote. For the full programme of events see www.norfolkblackhistorymonth.org. Danny Keen, Norfolk Black History Month Chair explained: ““Our theme this year is Celebrating 70 years of the Windrush Generation. Coincidentally, it turned out to be the year that a British Prime Minister had to apologise for the dreadful mistreatment of black British citizens by successive governments.” “I am Jamaican, from the same cohort who have been cruelly victimised. Fortunately for me in the early 1970s, I became aware of…
Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:00

Mayor's Design Awards 2018 winners

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At a special awards ceremony last night (25 September), local architectural excellence and craftsmanship was celebrated with the announcement of the winners of the annual Mayor's Design Awards. The 2018 awards, which were launched in October 2017, attracted a large amount of entries. 30 schemes were shortlisted for the awards under a number of different categories. The judging panel had previously commented on what a pleasure it had been to visit all the schemes and what a difficult job it was to choose the winners. Commenting at the ceremony, Pam Lynn, the council's conservation officer, said: "A very successful and well-attended event to recognise and celebrate the high quality design and workmanship which make west Norfolk such a wonderfully interesting and diverse place to be.
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The latest set of figures detailing how important the tourism sector is to North Norfolk has painted a clear picture of many more overnight stays and a £10m boost to the economy year on year. The Economic Impact of Tourism report for 2017, published this week, has revealed the following: ·The total number of trips (day & staying) to North Norfolk was 8,827,700. ·Of these, 8,207,000 were day trips (up 5.8% from a 2016 total of 7,755,000). ·And 620,700 were ‘staying’ or overnight trips (up 12.1% from a 2016 total of 553,500). ·This gives a total tourism value of £505m (up 3% from a 2016 total of £495m). ·In 2017 there were 11,352 actual tourism jobs (or 8,184 full time equivalent jobs). This is an increase of 3% compared to…
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Do you know someone who deserves to be thanked for the work they do in the community or an organisation which deserves praise? North Norfolk District Council is organising the third Big Society Awards night to thank people for the projects they have managed to help to create a strong community. The Big Society Awards night will be held at Sheringham Little Theatre on November 29, 2018, to celebrate the Big Society community spirit that helps to make North Norfolk such a great place to live. People are being asked to nominate a project or a person that has made a difference in the community.
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The Maids Head Hotel in Norwich is hosting the visit to Norfolk of the 392nd Bomb Group Association from the USA, from 6 to 10 September. Thirty members of the association have made the trip to the UK to honour the memory of their loved ones, who were killed flying B24 Liberator bombers from Wendling Air Base, during World War II. The 392ndBomb Group flew 285 operational missions from Wendling near Dereham, from August 1943 to April 1945, comprising 7000 sorties; 781 young crewmen lost their lives. Bob Books, President of the Bomb Group Association is making his first visit to Norfolk. His father 1/LT Dallas O Books , a pilot in 579 squadron, was killed in action on 18 March 1944, a day when the Bomb Group lost 14…
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TOP-PERFORMING businesses are invited to showcase their achievements by entering the Spirit of Enterprise Awards 2018, the most prestigious annual celebration of business excellence in the Great Yarmouth borough. Organised by enterpriseGY, Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s business support service, the popular awards aim to recognise and raise the profile of the borough’s top-performing businesses, while boosting confidence in the strength of the local economy.
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