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Great Yarmouth Borough Council, with Historic England and Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, is today (Wednesday, April 14) launching a £1.9m four-year scheme putting heritage and the local community at the heart of revitalising the town centre. The new High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ), covering the Market Place, the Rows and the northern end of King Street, involves local people in repairing, conserving and building a better understanding of the area’s historic buildings and sites, working with a range of partners. Supporting regeneration and recovery, conserving buildings at risk, creating new facilities and giving people new skills, the High Street Heritage Action Zone is a four-year programme, led by the borough council in partnership with Historic England, which has awarded grant funding of £980,743. It will complement the wider investment…
Thursday, 01 April 2021 00:00

Market Place redevelopment works get underway

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Redevelopment of Great Yarmouth’s Market Place is getting underway, as the borough council’s exciting vision of town centre regeneration and revitalisation starts to become a reality for residents and visitors. This £4.6m investment will see the market facilities significantly improved in the heart of the Market Place area, with new units under an architecturally-striking wooden canopy – a unique design which will mean the market is brighter, more inviting and compliments the historic setting. Following a formal procurement process, the council has appointed Norfolk-based construction company Pentaco as main contractor, bringing their expertise working within conservation areas and with timber structures. Pentaco is currently making preparations on-site and is scheduled to start phase one of construction in mid-April, completing the works in spring 2022. This major investment comes from the…
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The £5m Ella May Barnes building, providing state-of-the-art laboratories and workspace at Norwich Research Park, is complete and has been handed to South Norfolk Council. It is designed to attract and provide space for organisations interested in joining the region’s growing food, life and health knowledge economy. The building, delivered by Big Sky Development, is expected to unlock further opportunities at the Enterprise Zone site that could lead to the creation of up to 150 jobs, adding to the community of 12,000 people that are already working at Norwich Research Park. 
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As Sure as the Sun Rises in the East is the new folk rock album by Norfolk songwriter and musician Tim Lane. Inspired by the landscape, heroes and folk tales of Lane’s home county and surroundings, it was composed and recorded in his home studio during the lockdown. Combining an indie rock feel with melodic folk stylings and lyrics that delight in storytelling, this ten song collection unselfconsciously celebrates Norfolk and the East of England. At fifty-six years old, Lane is veteran of the music and theatre scene in Norwich, working as the musical director and composer for The Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company, and the Crude Apache Community theatre. He is also the leader of up-and-coming Norwich folk group The Punch House Band and his focus over recent years…
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Broadland District Council and Horsford Parish Council have worked together to rejuvenate three of the village’s play areas.Park View was the first to be completed in April 2020 followed by play areas in Coltsfoot Road and Beckside. The £70,000 project was inspired by 10 year-old-resident Charmaine Blythe, who petitioned the Parish Council to ask for a new swing at Park View play area by Horsford Village Hall.She said: “The play area had hardly any play equipment and what was there was old and wasn't any good for playing on, I really wanted a swing.”With the help of her parents, Charmaine petitioned the local community for improvements to the play area and gathered over a hundred signatures.
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South Norfolk Council’s leisure centres are offering free online gym membership until 1 March, allowing members access to more than 30 live streamed classes and more than 60 on demand classes. By signing up to Your Home Workout, members can try a range of professional classes, from energetic Dance Fit, Body Pump and High Intensity Interval Training to Yoga and Pilates, free of charge, and then for just £10 a month after 1 March. An online class timetable, for those wanting to join in live, is on the South Norfolk Council website – search ‘Your Home Workout from the homepage to view it and see what you’d like to try. 
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The ground has been broken to start construction of Great Yarmouth’s exciting new state-of-the-art Marina Centre, with Great Yarmouth Borough Council sharing a video on social media in order to celebrate this exciting milestone with the community. The council’s £26m investment will be a major boost to the economy and community for decades to come, acting as a catalyst for potential further investment and seafront regeneration, whilst supporting health and well-being for the whole borough. While it was not possible to stage a ground-breaking ceremony on-site, the council worked with main contractor Morgan Sindall Construction to create a “virtual ground-breaking ceremony” in the form of a video shared with residents on the council’s social media channels.
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South Norfolk Council has supported more than 100 families, including more than 150 children, so far this festive season by providing toys, tins of chocolates and Christmas food hampers.The packages and presents were distributed by South Norfolk Council and Broadland Councils’ Help Hub, a partnership between organisations that support people in the two districts by offering practical help, advice and guidance. Donations to make this gifting possible came from The Salvation Army, two local businessmen who have supported the initiative for several years, local charities and community groups, council staff and members of the public. The Help Hub will continue distributing these festive packs to families in need over the coming fortnight to help make Christmas extra special and make sure that no one gets forgotten on Christmas day.
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Residents and visitors are asked to complete a short survey to help bolster a major funding bid to The National Lottery Heritage Fund to save and revive Great Yarmouth’s Winter Gardens. The Grade II*-listed landmark is a national heritage gem, the UK’s last surviving Victorian seaside cast iron and glass winter gardens, and it requires significant national investment to repair and restore, supported by a robust business plan for re-use. With the project among only 12 shortlisted nationally to apply to the Heritage Horizons Awards scheme, Great Yarmouth Borough Council is working with conservation specialists and a preferred operator to finalise the application to the first stage of this very competitive multi-stage national funding pot.
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A unique countryside burial park has become dear to the hearts of many Norfolk people since it opened five years ago. It plans to open its gates and welcome visitors on Christmas Day. Norfolk Bluebell Wood Burial Park is an 18-acre multi-habitat parkland nature oasis. It has proved to be a place of huge comfort to relatives who want to take a few minutes of quiet reflection as they remember – and celebrate – the lives of loved ones who have been laid to rest there. “That is true all year round – but we have found it is especially true at Christmas,” said Andrew Morton who, with his wife Caroline, is the driving force behind the Burial Park. “And that has never been more pertinent than in this Covid-hit…
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