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Wednesday, 21 September 2022 00:00

Mayor's Design Awards 2022 winners announced

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Local architectural excellence and craftsmanship was celebrated last night. The Mayor’s Design Awards winners were announced at a special ceremony held at King’s Lynn Town Hall. An initial 72 entries and 52 site visits were shortlisted down to 35 nominated schemes for awards in ten categories. Mayor of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Lesley Bambridge, said: "The awards ceremony was a great evening, a celebration of our push for better design and innovation and construction standards across our borough. We've worked closely with architects, contractors, developers, and their clients to achieve this aim, and we are glad to reward buildings and schemes that illustrate this focus on quality and innovation.
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The Borough of Great Yarmouth has formally proclaimed the accession of King Charles III. In a ceremony at the Town Hall led by the Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Councillor Graham Plant, the borough formally marked the death of Her Majesty The Queen and the accession of King Charles III. The Bishop of Thetford the Rt Revd Alan Winton opened the ceremony with a prayer before the Mayor read the formal Proclamation of Accession, ratified by the Privy Council in London yesterday. Introducing the reading, His Worship said: “It is with a heavy heart I stand before you today following the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of the Borough of Great Yarmouth, I have sent condolences to the Royal Family"
Tuesday, 16 August 2022 00:00

Mayor helps Hemsby launch itself as an eco-resort

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One of Norfolk's top tourist destinations has launched itself as a sustainable resort after embracing a project aimed at promoting sustainability.Businesses in Hemsby, a popular tourist attraction and resident favourite in Great Yarmouth, have launched multiple schemes over the last six months to help promote sustainability during their busy summer season thanks to a project called FACET.Tourists and residents visiting the resort are encouraged to join the tourism industry in their fight against plastic pollution and food waste by being more ‘green’ on their visits by participating in FACET projects. Current FACET projects ongoing in Hemsby include the Hemsby Cup, the Hemsby #BottleshipsGY, the Community Fridge and Smart Bins.Mayor Plant launched the seaside town as an “eco resort” on Tuesday 16, August with an event held at the new Coastal…
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Businesses and would-be entrepreneurs around Great Yarmouth now have easy access to free business support and advice thanks to the launch of an exciting new Enterprise Hub.Great Yarmouth Borough Council has teamed up with the Town Centre Partnership to launch the service in Market Gates Shopping Centre. The Hub is a new one stop shop for start-up, new and more established businesses and offers business advice, support, and training. Businesses can also book the space for their own business events. The opening times are 10am – 4pm on, Monday to Friday. His Worship the Mayor, Cllr Graham Plant, officially opened the Enterprise Hub with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday 10, August at 11am, which was followed by refreshments and networking.
Thursday, 11 August 2022 00:00

#BottleShipsGY moor up at their final destinations

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An innovative campaign to reduce plastics left on local beaches has launched today, with the aim of highlighting the importance of disposing of waste correctly. Three new permanent #BottleShipsGY art installations have been installed in Great Yarmouth, Hemsby and Gorleston aimed at encouraging beachgoers to dispose of their plastic drinks bottles correctly, preventing them from entering the sea.Each ship has been designed by artists Hatty + Young and has been inspired by vessels that form part of our proud maritime history, featuring plaques with historic information on each ship. Great Yarmouth Jetty saw the arrival of HMS Elephant, the Lydia Eva landed in Gorleston and Hemsby pays homage to its lifeboat, Sea Weaver. The BottleShips will fill with plastic bottles which will be collected for recycling.
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Staging a story that has worldwide appeal, Westacre Theatre presents Pippin The Musical created by multi-award winning Stephen Schwartz. Young Pippin refuses to spend his life in the quest of ‘common things’ but aspiring instead to a greater fulfilment. His search for how to reach out for the secret of true happiness and contentment leads him - through loyalty to his father - to discover the horrors of war. Declining to participate in the victory celebrations, he is lured by temptations of the flesh. Unsatisfied by those experiences, he follows the intrigues involved in political power. Seen by some as a dark tale, it highlights the dangers of false appearances and empty promises. The soul-searching Pippin dwells under the illusion that there has to be an absolutely perfect place and…
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Actor Gillian Dean is set to play a blind woman in a summer drama thriller, using her own visual impairment to bring extra realism to the role. But two weeks later she will play a fully-sighted character in a classic comedy, using stage craft and support from fellow cast members so her disability is not noticeable. The inspirational 42-year-old from Lakenham, Norwich is currently rehearsing and learning lines for both roles at Sheringham Little Theatre this month.In Wait Until Dark she is blind Susy who is alone in her 1960s London flat with a doll being targeted by three desperate con men. In Table Manners she is Annie, who is trying to spend an illicit weekend with her brother-in-law. Gillian said: “Thumbs up to the Little Theatre for casting a…
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One of the country’s most historically important football grounds is to get a £972,078 investment in new grassroots facilities. Great Yarmouth Borough Council is working with the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation to improve facilities at the Wellesley Recreation Ground in Great Yarmouth. Thanks to a Football Foundation grant of £747,078 and match funding of £225,000 from the Council, a total of £972,078 will be invested in the grounds. The funding will include the construction of a new floodlit 9v9 3G artificial grass football pitch and renovation works to the Grade II listed Tennis Pavilion building, bringing the building back into use by providing changing and meeting facilities to support the new pitch. The works are expected to begin in September this year and are anticipated to…
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A well-supported community clean up at beaches along the West Norfolk coast on Sunday resulted in around 30 bags of rubbish being removed. The event was organised by the council’s Single Use Plastics Working Group (SUPWG) and was attended by a number of borough councillors, including the council leader, Cllr Stuart Dark MBE, chair of the SUPWG, Cllr Terry Parish, the council’s cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Paul Kunes, and Councillors Sandra Squire, Carol Bower, Ben Jones, Chris Morley and Anthony Bubb. The event was also attended by the area’s MP, James Wild, parish councillors, the council’s chief executive, Lorraine Gore, family members and members of the public.
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Seven new CCTV cameras have been installed in various spots around Gorleston thanks to the funding awarded to the council from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, through its successful bid to the Home Office's Safer Streets Fund. The cameras have been installed in areas known to experience issues of anti-social behaviour with the aim of increasing the public’s feeling of safety by deterring such activities. The locations of the CCTV cameras are Magdalen Square, Windsor Way, the Crow Hall Green area, Lowestoft Road and Lower Esplanade. The cameras will be monitored by a team of Police Support Volunteers. These areas were chosen following a public consultation in August 2021 where residents, businesses, community groups and sports clubs were invited to share their feedback on the…
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