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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…
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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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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Bradfield Cricket Club had a special guest last Saturday (August 18 2018) before their league match against Horsford; North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) Leader, Councillor John Lee, was on hand to present the Club with a plaque celebrating the Council’s £15,000 grant from its Big Society Fund. This was the first serious fixture at the ground since Bradfield opened their refurbished clubhouse on August 4; part of a £120,000 project to secure cricket at one of the best grounds in Norfolk. The new clubhouse, on the edge of the pitch which Bradfield have played on since 1845 now boasts new changing facilities, toilets, kitchen, bar and social area, which together will provide better facilities, especially for children’s cricket at the Club. North Norfolk District Council has run the Big Society…
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Great Yarmouth Borough Council has agreed grants totalling £52,000 to improve town centre frontages over the last 18 months – and businesses and social enterprises are urged to apply soon if they wish to secure some of the remaining funds. Under the Town Centre Shopfront Improvement Scheme, eligible applicants can ask for grants of up to £3,000 to help fund shopfront renovation, decoration, new signage and/or replacement of historic features, in Great Yarmouth town centre. Through five funding rounds over the last 18 months, the council has approved 23 grant applications totalling £52,360, including £19,840 during the last funding round alone, helping to accelerate and unlock investment in frontages. With only £16,000 now left in the grant pot, eligible businesses and social enterprises are encouraged to get in touch soon,…
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Three indoor tennis courts will be at the centre of a key sports development proposed by North Norfolk District Council, bringing sport and leisure benefits to all ages, all year round. Plans for a £3.2m Community Sports Hub in Cromer have been submitted as the country enjoys the first week of Wimbledon fortnight. The project is being developed in conjunction with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and Cromer Academy, whose students will directly benefit from the new facilities. The facility will provide better access to high quality tennis and benefit all ages, with a wider plan to double participation for young people in North Norfolk and beyond.
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Colby Primary School are active participants in the Eco-Schools project, a global programme which is part of Keep Britain Tidy. The school has an Eco Council made up of ten pupils of different ages who campaign within the school to make other pupils aware of environmental issues that affect themselves, their school and their local area. The school is consistently striving to improve its eco credentials further. In order to improve on one of their objectives, clearing litter, the school approached North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) to ask for some new litter pickers as they aspire to keep the school grounds and surrounding area tidy and free of litter. NNDC donated the junior litter pickers to the Eco Council at the school on 28 June.
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The number of #2minutebeachclean boards along the North Norfolk coast has more than doubled. Five new boards, which encourage people to spend 2 (or more) minutes picking up marine litter and plastic pollution, are being introduced at Walcott, Cromer West, East Runton, Sheringham East and Sheringham West. They were delivered in the last few days. The boards are sponsored by North Norfolk District Council and each has a custodian who looks after it day to day. The custodians of the new boards are the Kingfisher Café in Walcott, the Reef Stop Café in Cromer, NCI Coastwatch at East Runton, The Mo in Sheringham and the RNLI in Sheringham.
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