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Designed by the prestigious Great Yarmouth Borough Architect J. W. Cockerill back in 1888, refurbishment works on the dilapidated building which was once the ticket office at Wellesley Recreation Ground are now complete. The work, which was was carried out by Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, was funded by a grant from Coastal Revival Fund awarded to the Wellesley project in 2018. The Coastal Revival Fund supports projects which help revive heritage assets that are important to local communities but have not yet reached their full potential or are facing neglect. Situated to the south west corner of the recreation ground adjacent to the gate on the corner of Wellesley Road and Albermarle Road, the building had suffered extensive rot after falling into a state of disrepair once it was no…
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Live music and a virtual reality experience are just some of the additional attractions for this year’s Christmas in The Parks events in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston. Dozens of stalls will make up Christmas markets on the two sites, offering plenty of opportunities for festive shopping, alongside a selection of food and drink vendors to help make the market’s a treat to visit in themselves. Now Great Yarmouth Borough Council has unveiled more attractions to keep the whole family entertained.
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Swaffham Town Council is delighted to have been awarded a £36,000 grant from Historic England as part of the Swaffham High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) to create and deliver community-led cultural activities on the high street over the next year. Swaffham HSHAZ is one of more than 60 high streets to receive a share of £6 million for their cultural programme. Over the next year, the cultural programme activities will centre around the life and work of Howard Carter, the son of Swaffham who discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb a century ago. Activities will include an interactive drama production celebrating the work of Howard Carter, created by Year 9 High School pupils and children from Swaffham primary schools, and performed within the HSHAZ area. 
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Earlier this year, Great Yarmouth Borough Council funded the necessary improvement required by the Great Yarmouth and District Athletics Club to ensure they met the TrackMark requirements for the athletics track which surrounds the main football pitch at the Wellesley recreational ground. TrackMark is UK Athletics’ new quality assurance scheme for outdoor Track & Field Athletics facilities. TrackMark was developed in consultation with track operators, track and field athletics clubs and National Sports Councils and is an accreditation process that utilises a simple web-based portal. A venue that achieves TrackMark will be recognised by UKA as having well managed, compliant facilities that are accessible to participants of all abilities. As England’s stock of athletics tracks age, TrackMark provides venue operators with a professional assessment of their track and field facilities…
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After being abandoned for two decades, a Grade II listed historic building in King Street, Great Yarmouth, is set to receive a new lease of life. Great Yarmouth Borough Council and their partners Historic England and Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust are stepping in to bring 145 King Street back from the brink. Its restoration will form part of the Great Yarmouth High Street Heritage Action Zone project which is delivering a £2.4m scheme putting heritage and the local community at the heart of revitalising the town centre. The building, which is a major landmark in southern King St, is historically associated with St Georges Chapel and has been vacant for some time. After reaching a tipping point of rapid deterioration, the council served a repair notice back in 2019 which…
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Nominations for Broadland District and South Norfolk Council’s Business Awards are now open. The Awards recognise and celebrate the amazing array of successful businesses in both districts. Despite the challenges of the past 18 months, many businesses have survived and even thrived, not just financially, but by being adaptable, innovative and excelling at supporting the very communities that have supported them. To recognise this, the Councils have added five new categories to the awards, including Outstanding Employer, Business in the Community, Working Together, Business Resilience and Business Innovation. Businesses are invited to nominate themselves for an award in any of the 10 categories and residents can support their favourite business by nominating them as ‘Retailer of the Year’.
Thursday, 14 October 2021 00:00

Silver Social returns to the Stage

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A much-loved arts and entertainment programme is set to return to the stage after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Breckland Council’s Silver Social programme will hold iconic in-person events later this month, with further shows planned for November and December. The Silver Social promotes engagement through the arts by staging events in local communities, enabling residents to stay connected and make friends in their area. It forms part of Breckland Council’s Inspiring Communities Programme, using creativity and connection to tackle loneliness and isolation amongst older residents. Cllr Alison Webb, Breckland’s Executive Member for Housing, Health and Communities, commented: “The Silver Social has always been incredibly popular and has brought a vast range of art workshops and shows to the communities of Breckland. The pandemic meant we had to…
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On 12 October 2021 a ceremony was held to mark the beginning of construction of the new Broadland Food Innovation Centre. Broadland District Council recently received final confirmation from the European Regional Development Fund for c. £5.7m for the food innovation project, which includes the Broadland Food Innovation Centre being built close to Norwich in Broadland District; bespoke innovation support packages with access to experts on every aspect of business growth; and a cluster which brings together research, academia, supply, production, the food and drink community, charities, government and finance. This support will be available to both tenants and eligible businesses through Norfolk and Suffolk. The Centre is scheduled to open in autumn 2022.
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Four out of the five originalboat figureheads, dating back to the 1950s, have returned to their rightful home of Great Yarmouth’s Venetian Waterways, after being lovingly restored by local restoration expert Kelvin Thatcher. The figureheads – made of mahogany and in the shape of various animal heads – were added to the gondolas which were used to take families around the Waterways site between the late 1950s and 1980s.The work undertaken was of a delicate nature due to the condition and age of the wood, with many of the boat heads rotten and missing parts, with one boat head damaged beyond repair. Now returned to their original beauty, the figureheads have been placed on the most Northern island of the recently restoredVenetian Waterways as standalone pieces, where they can be…
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Great Yarmouth’s new Marina Centre, currently taking shape on the resort’s seafront, today (Thursday 23 September) moved another step closer to opening its doors to the public when a ‘topping out’ ceremony was held. Pouring a celebratory glass of locally-brewed beer over the top-most beam of the building, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Cllr Carl Smith described the ceremony as “a great privilege for me” as he marked the completion of the exterior of the centre. He said: “We’ve now reached an exciting milestone in the construction of this landmark building. This new state-of-the-art visitor destination will be a major year-round boost for Great Yarmouth and the surrounding area, bringing great benefits in supporting the health and wellbeing of our community and visitors for many years to come. It…
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