Tallest beacon in East Anglia illuminated in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Swaffham Ecotricity Turbine, which stands at over 100 metres tall, has been illuminated in Royal purple and flaming red, making it the tallest beacon in East Anglia lit up in honour of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.The iconic turbine was lit up, and visible for miles around, with powerful coloured lighting by Breckland Council, as part of its tribute to Her Majesty, The Queen. Beacons across the district, county, and…

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Lighting the Beacon at Necton

At 9.45pm on 2nd June 2022, Jean Bass, Chair of Necton Parish Council read out an announcement, to a crowd of over 100 people who had gathered at the Necton Community Centre, to watch the Platinum Jubilee lantern being lit. Once lit, the crowd sang the national anthem. Community reporter, Paul Young, took his microphone along . . .

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Letter from Australia – will the new Prime Minister lead a transition to a Republic?

By Chris O’Connor. Australia’s newly elected Labor Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured) has raised the possibility of the nation ditching the Queen as our head of state and instead becoming a republic. He’s even gone to the extent of appointing an ‘assistant minister for the republic’. Queen Elizabeth may be the most popular head of state in recent history and realistically she has had a dreadful job of holding together…

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Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk officially opens new £1.8 million temporary accommodation project

Pictured: Breckland Council leader, Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, Lady Dannatt MBE, Breckland Chairman, Cllr Mike Nairn and Emma Ratzer MBE from Access Community Trust. The Lady Dannatt MBE, who is the Queen’s representative in Norfolk, officially opened Thetford’s Elm House, a former pre-school which has been refurbished by Breckland Council at a total cost of £1.8 million. A new centre which provides temporary accommodation to people in need of short-term housing…

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Understanding Reactivity in Dogs

Anyone living with a reactive dog will be well aware of the daily challenges this can bring. Reactivity encompasses behaviours triggered by fear, frustration or anger. It is effectively your dog saying, ‘I’m in over my head and I can’t cope’. Reactive behaviour is your cue that your dog is too close to their trigger, which typically includes dogs and people, but also other animals and cars for example. A…

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Arthur Coverdale Memorial Trophy

Pictured: Winners Joe Dickerson & Jim Church. On a glorious may Monday eight pairs of the Richmond park Golf Club Ladies section joined an equal number of Seniors to compete for the annual Arthur Coverdale Memorial Trophy.  The sun shone, the birds sang and there was some really good golf played. The high spot being an eagle three by Gerry Knox. In the previous two years the Ladies have had…

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Call for people to join the Norfolk Residents’ Panel

People across the county are being invited to join and strengthen the Norfolk Residents’ Panel. The panel, launched in 2020 by Norfolk County Council, is currently made up of over 1,000 Norfolk residents recruited from all parts of the region. Norfolk County Council now want to expand the panel, and are asking people to get involved by signing up via norfolk.gov.uk/residentspanel Cllr Andrew Proctor, Leader of Norfolk County Council said:…

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£120,000 Inspiring Communities grant scheme announced in Breckland

Pictured: Dereham Men’s Shed and Dereham Theatre Company who received funding to help with shared resources and training from previous grants. Breckland Council has launched a new Inspiring Communities match funding scheme, which will provide grants of up to £5,000 for groups working within the district. The match funding grants will help support community projects that can demonstrate that they address local community needs and help with the prevention of…

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Free Award-Winning Creative Workshops for elderly individuals!

Pictured are Our Day Out participants, image taken by Anita Staff. Calling all older individuals! Arts charity, Creative Arts East, run free creative workshops and have a range of activities available at our sessions in Watton. These workshops are held at The Methodist Centre in Watton High Street, every first and third Thursday of the month. All people aged 50+, including carers, those living with dementia, long term health conditions…

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Breckland Council has selected its new Chairman for 2022/2023.

At the AGM of Breckland District Council on 19th May 2022, Cllr Mike Nairn, a Bedingfield ward member, was selected by members of the council. He served as vice-chairman in 2021/22. Cllr Nairn has a distinguished military background, serving in the army during the late 60’s and into the mid-1970’s and has been an active member at Breckland Council since his election in 2012. Prior to becoming a councillor, he…

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