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South Norfolk Council’s leisure centres are offering free online gym membership until 1 March, allowing members access to more than 30 live streamed classes and more than 60 on demand classes. By signing up to Your Home Workout, members can try a range of professional classes, from energetic Dance Fit, Body Pump and High Intensity Interval Training to Yoga and Pilates, free of charge, and then for just £10 a month after 1 March. An online class timetable, for those wanting to join in live, is on the South Norfolk Council website – search ‘Your Home Workout from the homepage to view it and see what you’d like to try. 
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The ground has been broken to start construction of Great Yarmouth’s exciting new state-of-the-art Marina Centre, with Great Yarmouth Borough Council sharing a video on social media in order to celebrate this exciting milestone with the community. The council’s £26m investment will be a major boost to the economy and community for decades to come, acting as a catalyst for potential further investment and seafront regeneration, whilst supporting health and well-being for the whole borough. While it was not possible to stage a ground-breaking ceremony on-site, the council worked with main contractor Morgan Sindall Construction to create a “virtual ground-breaking ceremony” in the form of a video shared with residents on the council’s social media channels.
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South Norfolk Council has supported more than 100 families, including more than 150 children, so far this festive season by providing toys, tins of chocolates and Christmas food hampers.The packages and presents were distributed by South Norfolk Council and Broadland Councils’ Help Hub, a partnership between organisations that support people in the two districts by offering practical help, advice and guidance. Donations to make this gifting possible came from The Salvation Army, two local businessmen who have supported the initiative for several years, local charities and community groups, council staff and members of the public. The Help Hub will continue distributing these festive packs to families in need over the coming fortnight to help make Christmas extra special and make sure that no one gets forgotten on Christmas day.
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Residents and visitors are asked to complete a short survey to help bolster a major funding bid to The National Lottery Heritage Fund to save and revive Great Yarmouth’s Winter Gardens. The Grade II*-listed landmark is a national heritage gem, the UK’s last surviving Victorian seaside cast iron and glass winter gardens, and it requires significant national investment to repair and restore, supported by a robust business plan for re-use. With the project among only 12 shortlisted nationally to apply to the Heritage Horizons Awards scheme, Great Yarmouth Borough Council is working with conservation specialists and a preferred operator to finalise the application to the first stage of this very competitive multi-stage national funding pot.
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A unique countryside burial park has become dear to the hearts of many Norfolk people since it opened five years ago. It plans to open its gates and welcome visitors on Christmas Day. Norfolk Bluebell Wood Burial Park is an 18-acre multi-habitat parkland nature oasis. It has proved to be a place of huge comfort to relatives who want to take a few minutes of quiet reflection as they remember – and celebrate – the lives of loved ones who have been laid to rest there. “That is true all year round – but we have found it is especially true at Christmas,” said Andrew Morton who, with his wife Caroline, is the driving force behind the Burial Park. “And that has never been more pertinent than in this Covid-hit…
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New spectacular decorative lighting is brightening up Great Yarmouth’s main shopping and tourism destinations this winter, offering a magical and safe seasonal experience while supporting local businesses during challenging times. Great Yarmouth Borough Council staged a “virtual light switch-on” at 7pm today [Friday, December 4], with a social media video showcasing beautiful displays lighting up Great Yarmouth town centre and seafront, Hemsby’s Beach Road, and Gorleston High Street and seafront. With the Christmas shopping season underway and many shops now re-opened, people are encouraged to come and see the new magical illuminations for themselves to brighten up this festive time, to back their local traders this Christmas, shop locally and shop safe.
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This Christmas scores of children will be waking up to find out that Santa hasn’t forgotten them, thanks to two very generous local businessmen.Today (3 November) Jeremy Payne of J Payne Services and Michael Downes of Carbrooke Cars and Commercials delivered over £2,000 worth of brand-new children’s toys, games and wrapping paper to South Norfolk Council’s Help Hub.The presents will be wrapped up and distributed to families in need within the district, to help ensure every child receives a gift on Christmas Day.
Friday, 23 October 2020 00:00

King’s Arms crowned as Business of the Year

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Top performing businesses took to the virtual stage on Friday at the Spirit of Enterprise Awards, the most prestigious annual celebration of business excellence in the Great Yarmouth borough. Organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the popular awards aim to recognise and raise the profile of the area’s top-performing businesses, while boosting investor confidence in the strength of the local economy. While it was not possible this year to hold the usual gala dinner at the Town Hall, the finalists enjoyed an interactive online awards ceremony to find out the winners in each category, who were invited to make a live acceptance speech via the online platform. The ceremony, hosted by award-winning presenter Lee Derbyshire, saw the King’s Arms in Fleggburgh crowned as 2020 Business of the Year. They were …
Tuesday, 18 August 2020 00:00

Wymondham Pool to reopen its doors

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South Norfolk Council are reopening the swimming pools at Wymondham Leisure Centres on Saturday 22 August.New safety measures are in place, so customers can confidently and safely enjoy the facilities. Customers will be asked to pre-book their swimming sessions online and arrive at the Centre ready to swim.The Centre initially reopened at the end of July and has welcomed a steady flow of customers ever since. While it was closed, the Council also expanded the car park and undertook work to the pool filters.South Norfolk Cabinet Member Councillor Alison Thomas said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming back our customers to our swimming pools. As with our gyms, there are new procedures in place so our customers can be active, with confidence."
Friday, 07 August 2020 00:00

Work starts on new skate park at Cobholm

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Construction of an exciting new stake park at Cobholm is pushing ahead this week – the outcome of close working over several years between Great Yarmouth Borough Council, local young people and the skating community. The new skate park, next to the multi-use games area off Mill Road, will replace a popular but outdated wooden one in the same location, providing a modern, exciting and upgraded facility to support involvement in physical activity. It will be made of reinforced concrete, incorporating ramps and grind rails set into a polished surface. The funding, which comes from the council and housing developer contributions, was agreed following a request to councillors by young people from youth charity MAP and the local skating community, with support provided by the council’s Neighbourhoods and Communities Team.
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