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The latest set of figures detailing how important the tourism sector is to North Norfolk has painted a clear picture of many more overnight stays and a £10m boost to the economy year on year. The Economic Impact of Tourism report for 2017, published this week, has revealed the following: ·The total number of trips (day & staying) to North Norfolk was 8,827,700. ·Of these, 8,207,000 were day trips (up 5.8% from a 2016 total of 7,755,000). ·And 620,700 were ‘staying’ or overnight trips (up 12.1% from a 2016 total of 553,500). ·This gives a total tourism value of £505m (up 3% from a 2016 total of £495m). ·In 2017 there were 11,352 actual tourism jobs (or 8,184 full time equivalent jobs). This is an increase of 3% compared to…
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Do you know someone who deserves to be thanked for the work they do in the community or an organisation which deserves praise? North Norfolk District Council is organising the third Big Society Awards night to thank people for the projects they have managed to help to create a strong community. The Big Society Awards night will be held at Sheringham Little Theatre on November 29, 2018, to celebrate the Big Society community spirit that helps to make North Norfolk such a great place to live. People are being asked to nominate a project or a person that has made a difference in the community.
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The Maids Head Hotel in Norwich is hosting the visit to Norfolk of the 392nd Bomb Group Association from the USA, from 6 to 10 September. Thirty members of the association have made the trip to the UK to honour the memory of their loved ones, who were killed flying B24 Liberator bombers from Wendling Air Base, during World War II. The 392ndBomb Group flew 285 operational missions from Wendling near Dereham, from August 1943 to April 1945, comprising 7000 sorties; 781 young crewmen lost their lives. Bob Books, President of the Bomb Group Association is making his first visit to Norfolk. His father 1/LT Dallas O Books , a pilot in 579 squadron, was killed in action on 18 March 1944, a day when the Bomb Group lost 14…
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TOP-PERFORMING businesses are invited to showcase their achievements by entering the Spirit of Enterprise Awards 2018, the most prestigious annual celebration of business excellence in the Great Yarmouth borough. Organised by enterpriseGY, Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s business support service, the popular awards aim to recognise and raise the profile of the borough’s top-performing businesses, while boosting confidence in the strength of the local economy.
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The search across the county for environmental heroes is officially on, as the Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards opens for applications today. The aim of awards is to celebrate projects and schemes that demonstrate a commitment to an environmentally-friendly ethos, while giving often unsung individuals and groups a platform to showcase their achievements. 
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Bradfield Cricket Club had a special guest last Saturday (August 18 2018) before their league match against Horsford; North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) Leader, Councillor John Lee, was on hand to present the Club with a plaque celebrating the Council’s £15,000 grant from its Big Society Fund. This was the first serious fixture at the ground since Bradfield opened their refurbished clubhouse on August 4; part of a £120,000 project to secure cricket at one of the best grounds in Norfolk. The new clubhouse, on the edge of the pitch which Bradfield have played on since 1845 now boasts new changing facilities, toilets, kitchen, bar and social area, which together will provide better facilities, especially for children’s cricket at the Club. North Norfolk District Council has run the Big Society…
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Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, has unveiled the team of young nature-lovers who have been selected to help the reserve motivate the next generation to connect with nature and look after the environment. The 12-strong group, aged between nine and 11, are the latest recruits for Pensthorpe’s Junior Board, an initiative which has been in place since 2015 to offer passionate young people an opportunity to help influence ways in which the Norfolk attraction can better engage with young people. The latest intake, which will be in place until June 2020, has been selected from a host of entries submitted by budding nature lovers from across the county.
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Great Yarmouth Festival of Bowls, the biggest outdoor open bowling event in the country, will return to Great Yarmouth seafront next week, with some 1,100 bowlers competing over four weeks. Organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and managed by bowls stalwart Derek Webster and the Festival of Bowls Committee, this year’s festival will take place on the Britannia Bowling Greens between Sunday, August 26 and Friday, September 21. Attracting novice and expert players of all ages from across the UK and further afield, the annual festival is free to watch, with participants competing in men's, ladies’ and mixed teams for singles, pairs, triples and fours titles.
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North Norfolk businesses are being encouraged to show off their produce at the region’s largest food and drink trade show. Local Flavours, which will be held at the Norfolk Showground on Wednesday, September 26, will give food and drink producers the chance to show off their wares to buyers from the hospitality, catering, food retail and tourism sectors. The buyers will be both local and from further afield, with multi-national buyers as well as owners of smaller operations such as delis, farm shops and cafes. North Norfolk District Council is supporting the event, and food and drink businesses based in the district that have not previously exhibited at Local Flavours can enjoy a discount if they take a stand.
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Great Yarmouth Borough Council has agreed grants totalling £52,000 to improve town centre frontages over the last 18 months – and businesses and social enterprises are urged to apply soon if they wish to secure some of the remaining funds. Under the Town Centre Shopfront Improvement Scheme, eligible applicants can ask for grants of up to £3,000 to help fund shopfront renovation, decoration, new signage and/or replacement of historic features, in Great Yarmouth town centre. Through five funding rounds over the last 18 months, the council has approved 23 grant applications totalling £52,360, including £19,840 during the last funding round alone, helping to accelerate and unlock investment in frontages. With only £16,000 now left in the grant pot, eligible businesses and social enterprises are encouraged to get in touch soon,…
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