Breckland Council celebrates Armed Forces Day

To commemorate this year’s Armed Forces Day Breckland Council have raised the Armed Services flag. The flag ceremony held in Dereham was led by Cllr Mike Nairn, Chairman of Breckland Council. Breckland Council is a leading supporter of the Armed Forces Covenant which ensures those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. Cllr Nairn commented at the ceremony: “As someone who…

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Thetford Priory set to host Cinderella and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet this summer

The medieval Thetford Priory is set to be transformed into an amazing theatrical backdrop this summer, as Breckland Council has organised for two exciting open-air theatre performances to take place in the district. Chapterhouse Theatre Company will be performing a new production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet on 31 August, followed by family favourite pantomime, Cinderella the following day (1 September). The shows have recently been touring across Ireland…

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Free mental health training courses launched in Breckland

The Breckland Mental Health Community Partnership Mindful Town project has launched a series of free mental health champion training courses for local volunteers. Funded by Breckland Council Inspiring Communities programme, the Mindful Towns scheme offers free mental health education and training options for up to 100 volunteers from community organisations and small businesses across the district. The local training programmes will be delivered by Norfolk and Waveney Mind, YANA, the…

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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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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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£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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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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New era for Silver Social

After 4 years of delivering its popular Silver Social Project, Breckland Council has commissioned Creative Arts East to take over the running of the successful arts programme aimed at older people. Silver Social is an ambitious programme of daytime events aimed at older people, in community venues across Breckland. To ensure the long-term future of Silver Social, Breckland Council has partnered with Creative Arts East, a Norfolk-based charity with expertise…

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Breckland Mobile Food Store launches

The Kickstart team

A new mobile food store is launching to serve the rural communities of Breckland. The service will provide a way to shop for healthy, nutritious food and store cupboard staples at a reduced price, to help residents tackle increasing living costs or difficulties getting to other shops due to isolation. Friendly expert staff on the bus are trained to offer wider support such as advice on debt management, isolation &…

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Grants awarded to help Breckland residents celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Almost 30 neighbourhood, charity and community organisations in Breckland have been awarded funding by Breckland Council as part of a special Queen’s Jubilee Grants programme. This year, the country is coming together for a year-long Platinum Jubilee celebration of The Queen’s seventy years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952. An extended bank holiday from June 2-5 will provide an opportunity for communities to come together…

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