£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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Norfolk’s US Military heritage celebrated at American Library grand re-opening

Pictured above Richard Middleton speaking to Colonel Charles E. Metrolis. Representatives from both sides of the Atlantic were on hand to celebrate the history of the US Air Force in Norfolk at an event held on the evening of 18th May 2022. The American Library, based in Norwich’s Millennium Library, has undergone a transformation to bring the history of the 2nd Air Division to a new generation. Among those in…

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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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Follow the Jubilee High Street Trail!

The Queen has been busy getting ready for her Platinum Jubilee, but she can’t find her favourite crown. Can you help her? Follow the Platinum Jubilee High Street Trail around the district’s five market towns and find the crowns hidden in local high street shops. As a reward for their services to Her Majesty the Queen, shoppers could be in the running to win a big prize. The Platinum Jubilee…

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FOR INNER WHEEL A CELEBRATION —AT LAST!

Pictured above Members lighting candles for Inner Wheel past present and future and for our International friends. From left to right, Stella Leonard, Linda Thomas Maureen Hart, and Fran Parker. After two years of not being able to do more than a very modest gathering, it was wonderful on Friday, May 13th to be able to welcome guests from other Inner Wheel Clubs in the District to help us celebrate…

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Grand Second Hand Book Sales

As I write this the first Sale for far too long is just a few days away, on 21st May. If you missed it, DON’T PANIC, as we’ll be having two more this year on Saturdays 17th September & 26th November! We have a new selection of thousands of books on offer each time, plus refreshments, a tombola, children’s area, and freshly baked cakes and savouries to take home &…

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Great Hockham Gardening Club Diary – May

Norfolk Herbs

For our first outside visit to the year we visited Norfolk Herbs – eventually. A few days before the event the owners had to pull the plug: groundwork they were having done to the site had unexpectedly hit a problem and would not be finished before we arrived. It has to be said that we did not have a well-oiled system that swung into action on occasions like this, but…

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Watton Motorbike Day – May 1st 2022

On Sunday, May 1st, Watton High Street was jammed, not with any old traffic, but with over 1000 magnificent machines. There was a fantastic display as bikers from all over Norfolk brought their bikes along for everyone to admire. The event was run jointly by the King’s Arms pub and Watton Town Council who were both thrilled with the day. Harvey Woodyatt, landlord of the Kings Arms said “I was…

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