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The father of a Buddhist monk from Norfolk, reported missing in Nepal, said today that the family had received reports that their son was safe.

St Peter and St Paul Carbrooke Church of England Primary Academy has been officially opened as an Academy by the Bishop of Lynn Jonathan Meyrick - The Bishop cuts the ribbon. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A ceremony was held to welcome the latest school to join a church academy group.

Canon Stuart Nairn at St Mary the Virgin Church, near Narborough, which has has lead stolen from the roof again, after just being repaired. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A frustrated rural dean has slammed an “attack on the community” after lead thieves struck at a historic Norfolk church for the second time in a few days.

Two ducks which get bird seed from a stall in Swaffham Market every Saturday are to miss out as stall holders have been asked not to feed them. Photo montage: Matthew Usher.

Feathers have been ruffled in a Norfolk town after market traders were told to stop feeding two ducks.

Left to right: Mid Norfolk candidates George Freeman (Conservative), Simeon Jackson (Green), Harry Clarke (Labour), Paul Speed (Liberal Democrats) and Anna Coke (UKIP)  will answer your questions in tonight's Election debate.

Our latest Election debate with your local candidates saw the Mid Norfolk hopefuls answer your questions.

St Mary the Virgin Church at Narford, near Swaffham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Communities are being urged to stay vigilant as Norfolk churches are struck yet again by lead thieves.

Lynx  Photograph: Erwin Van Maanen

A trust which wants to reintroduce the lynx back into UK woodlands - including Thetford Forest - says the public are behind the scheme after it carried out a survey.


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Watton and Swaffham Sport

Friday, May 1, 2015

Reporter Gavin Caney takes a look back at the 2014/15 semi-professional season in our area.

Swaffham retained their place in Eastern Counties One with a five try to one victory in front of a large crowd to end their season on a high.

Mitch Forbes scored for Yarmouth at Saffron Walden.

Ricci Butler insists Great Yarmouth Town’s season is far from over, despite the agony of missing out on promotion to the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

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Action from Great Yarmouth shock 3-0 home defeat to Debenham last weekend. Picture: James Bass

There are no promotion play-offs in the Thurlow Nunn League – but the final round of matches in Division One has thrown up a mouth-watering winner-takes-all showdown with a place in the top flight at stake.

Premier Division
Cycling Club Breckland riders in the Wolsey Road Club promoted 25- mile time trial near Wortwell, Mark Fairhead. Picture: Steve Rush

Six Cycling Club Breckland riders took part in the Wolsey Road Club promoted 25-mile time trial on the B20/50 course near Wortwell, Bungay.

Watton and Swaffham Events

Diana Brocklebank Scott preparing for Plant Lovers Day at Creake Abbey, North Creake. Picture: Ian Burt

An event that is fast becoming known as Norfolk’s answer to the Chelsea Flower Show is back at the end of next month.

Norfolk Entertainment

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas - Cameron Duncan as Bruno and Sam Peterson as Shmuel

The brutal ordinariness of mass murder is the challenging topic of this play, which charts the strange relationship that builds up between nine-year-old German boy Bruno and his young Jewish friend Shmuel, the two seemingly so similar – except for the concentration camp fence that separates them.

Bruce Forsyth

What drives an 87-year-old man to spend two hours on a Norwich stage? For Sir Bruce Forsyth, the answer seems to be a genuine love of entertaining.

Esther, from Cie Willi Dorner, performing in the outside arches of Norwich Train Station at the launch event for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Photo : Steve Adams.

With just days to go until festival fun descends upon the city and county, a curtain-raiser spectacle at Norwich Train Station has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase “just hanging around.”

Norwich City Council events team, left to right, Lewis Cook, Clare Hubery, Liz Howard and Helen Selleck. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

It took 10 years of asking, three years of talking, and months of planning – and now it’s time to make sure you get the most from Europe’s biggest free festival in Norwich.

Norwich City Council
LightScape: James Turrell at Houghton. Pictured is First Light - Etchings in Aquatint 1989-90. Photo: Pete Huggins.

The stage has been set for a world class contemporary art exhibition that is to open at one of Norfolk’s historic halls next month.

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Norfolk Sport

Gorleston captain Andrew Howell lifts the Norfolk Senior Cup after beating Wroxham at Carrow Road last season. Photo: Bill Smith

Norwich City’s qualification for the Sky Bet Championship play-offs has caused three Norfolk cup finals to be rearranged – although all three will still be played at Carrow Road.

Norwich United(yellow) play Walsham Le Willows at Diss to win the Thurlow Nunn League Cup final.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Two trophy celebrations in three days made for a memorable Bank Holiday weekend for all-conquering Thurlow Nunn League champions Norwich United.

Thurlow Nunn League
Nicklas Porsing helped the Stars end their mini search for an away win in 2015. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

King’s Lynn raced to their first away win of the season at bottom club Leicester last night, with the 50-34 scoreline consolidating their position in the top half of the Elite League.

King's Lynn
Cromer Lifeboat Cup Final - winners Runton United. Picture; RICHARD BATSON

Runton United have completed a hat trick of Cromer Lifeboat Cup wins.

Norwich United(yellow) play Walsham Le Willows at Diss to win the Thurlow Nunn League Cup final.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Norwich United have completed their dominant season with victory in the Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup final.

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