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Cranswick Country Foods in Watton - On the production line. Picture; Matthew Usher.

The head of pork producer Cranswick has called on the government to provide greater clarity over the labour market in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Robin Rye and Sabrina Barrow

A slimming consultant and pensioner have raised more than £550 for a hospital’s fundraising appeal after completing a sponsored cycle ride.

Laurence Morlas

The fire service helped free one person from a car following a two-vehicle crash on the A1065 near Swaffham.

Motorists are facing delays on the A47 at Narborough following an accident.

Police believe the two suspects may have been working as part of a larger team. Picture: Ian Burt

A private church service at RAF Marham has been postponed following a week of drama.

King's Lynn
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.

Nigel Pickover
Cranswick Country Foods in Watton. Picture; Matthew Usher.

Plans to remove up to 20 streetlights from outside a busy factory car park, which councillors argued could put lives at risk, have been dropped.

Claire Bowes

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Watton and Swaffham Sport

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Rob Taylor
Jack Defty scores one of his three goals during Swaffham Town's 4-1 win over Newmarket Town at Shoemakers Lane. Picture: Eddie Deane

Experienced striker Jack Defty has re-signed for a second spell with Swaffham Town.

Robert Purton in bat for Cromer on Saturday. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

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

Chad Bowes
Julie Ellis (centre) received the Secretary's Salver from Richmond Park ladies’ secretary Lesley Davis (left) accompanied by ladies’ captain Lesley Matthews.

Following the torrential rain storm on Referendum Day, when Richmond Park Golf Club was flooded and bridges damaged or entirely washed away, the course understandably was closed for some time.

Cricket.
Norfolk Alliance: Lowestoft (batting) v Thetford Town (bowling/ fielding) at the Denes Oval.
Lowestoft batsman caught out.

Picture: James Bass

Brooke almost took full advantage of the wet weather to open up a 15-point gap at the top of the Premier Division.

Premier Division
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (left) and Michael Carrick (right) lift the FA Cup trophy after the Emirates FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium last season. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

The draw for the early qualifying rounds of the FA Cup has been made today, as well as the early rounds of the FA Trophy, FA Vase and FA Youth Cup.

Fakenham Town

Watton and Swaffham Events

Gemma Sutton, William Thompson and Michael Crawford in The Go-Between. Photo: Johan Persson

The Go-Between marks Michael Crawford’s long-awaited return to London’s West End. For the musical’s producer Joseph Smith, it’s a return to his Norfolk roots. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage finds out more.

BBC
Gemma Sutton, William Thompson and Michael Crawford in the West End production of The Go-Between. Photo: Johan Persson

That classic Norfolk-set tale of forbidden love, The Go-Between, has been turned into a West End musical starring Michael Crawford. And for the musical’s producer Joseph Smith, it’s a return to his county roots. Wayne Savage finds out more.

BBC
Summer holiday activities: get closer to wildlife at Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, practice football skills with Norwich CFS and take part in Junior fun sessions at Highball. (L-R)

Looking for a way to keep your children motivated and active during their break from school? Here are 17 fun things happening across the county that will keep them entertained.

Norwich
Scenes from Folk in a Field 2016 at West Acre. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Today is the final day of the festival, which takes place in West Acre near Swaffham.

Swaffham

Norfolk Entertainment

Ollie George, right, and Jon Carnall from Outside Live are organising outdoor shows at Taverham Hall.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Fans of hit musicals are being given the chance to enjoy West End spectacle in a special open air setting this weekend.

Norwich
Norwich-based theatre company The Sun Apparatus, including(l to r) Sarah Kenney, Dana Etgar, Katherine Vince and Justina KaminskaitÄ— rehearse a new show called The Me at The Garage.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

A group of performers who developed their latest show in Norwich are preparing to take it to Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre in London. Photo: Manuel Harlan.
L-R Jamie Parker (Harry Potter) and Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter).

The new Harry Potter stage show has enchanted critics as new production pictures reveal scenes from the magical spectacle.

Norwich
Cool treats in Norwich: Cocktails at The Ten Bells, ice cream from Lakenham Creamery and cool desserts at Figbar. (L-R)

Need something to cool you down as the weather warms up? Here’s a look at some of the places in Norwich serving up cold delights - from iced coffee to alcoholic ice lollies, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Norwich
Ema Scott Rowlands and Claudia Martinez of Breakers Cafe in Cromer with their decorated beach hut. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

More than 100 imaginatively-decorated beach huts will be gathered for all to admire on Cromer seafront next month.

Tony Shipp

Norfolk Sport

Lowestoft Town (blue/ white) v Braintree Town at Crown Meadow.
Pre Season Friendly.
Andrew Fisk.

Picture: James Bass

Lowestoft Town enjoyed their best work-out of pre-season so far despite going down to a 3-1 defeat against Braintree Town at Crown Meadow.

Lynn Town
Topcroft's Greg Rostron. Picture: Ian Burt

Division One leaders Dereham had a day to forget at relegation threatened Topcroft – but remain 10 points clear at the top as rivals Horsford A also struggled.

Barton Wanderers
Action from the Swardeston V Vauxhall Mallards cricket match. Peter Lambert batting for Swardeston misses the ball and was given out for LBW. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The picture at both ends of the East Anglian Premier League table became a lot clearer at the weekend on what was a mixed day for Norfolk teams.

Peter Lambert
Action from day one of Norfolk's match against Lincolnshire at Manor Park in July 2015,  James Spelman moves to his century with a well timed sweep. Picture: Tim Ferley

James Spelman produced his second superb batting display in successive games yesterday to put Norfolk in an strong position on day one of their Minor Counties Championship clash with Lincolnshire at Manor Park.

Cyclists mark the completion of the new first section of the new £1m Hoveton to Horning Three Rivers Cycleway.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Neighbouring riverside villages have been opened up to visitors after a £1m cycle path, the first stretch in a longer route, was unveiled after years of campaigning.

Norfolk County Council

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