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Free bus passes are being offered to Ukrainians being hosted by families in Great Yarmouth, thanks to a tie up between the local council and First Bus.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council leader Carl Smith heard first hand from families staying in the town how difficulties with transport was making it difficult for them to settle in and asked First Bus if they could help.

Now thanks to their generosity, Ukrainian guests will now be able to apply for a free one month pass for travel across the borough, and as far out as Norwich or Lowestoft.

Head of operations and engineering Chris Speed has donated an initial 20 passes for the scheme, which is being coordinated by the council.

One of the first families to benefit from the passes will be Mariana Peda and her two children Anastasiia and Vitalii. They are currently staying with hosts Sheila Daniels and Brian Huggins in Bradwell, having arrived from Sokal in west Ukraine around a month ago.

Published in Press Releases

Work to create a new library, university and learning centre in the heart of Great Yarmouth has stepped up a gear thanks to a £3.5m partnership with the University of Suffolk and East Coast College.

Plans were unveiled in 2020 for a new education and community hub in the former Palmers department store in Great Yarmouth Market Place, including an enhanced Norfolk County Council public library. Last year Great Yarmouth Borough Council bought the building and began initial planning for the new centre.

Now East Coast College and the University of Suffolk have formally committed to the scheme, with a £3.5m contribution that will see the college teach degree level courses at the new centre, accredited by the university. The University of East Anglia is also backing the project, with plans to offer remote learning facilities for its students, alongside professional development courses.

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Residents and visitors to the borough are being invited to stretch their legs and delve into the rich past of Great Yarmouth to explore its history as a seaside resort, fishing port and market town.

Great Yarmouth’s official heritage guides are offering nine walks to explore the borough’s beautiful historic buildings, admire architecture and hear some colourful stories of local characters.

All walks are written and designed by Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s heritage guides, who guide participants off the beaten track and out into the local area to discover more about what went before in Great Yarmouth. 


Published in Norfolk Guide

A reusable cup scheme has been launched today as part of a drive for a Norfolk resort’s greenest ever holiday season.

Cafes and restaurants in Hemsby, near Great Yarmouth, will offer customers a reusable cup from today to help put an end to single use disposable takeaway cups.

Tea and coffee drinkers will be encouraged to borrow a ‘Hemsby Cup’ in return for a £2 deposit, use and then return back to any participating café to get their money back.

The launch at Richardson’s Yacht Club on Beach Road heard how each cup can be used over 1,000 times and is fully recyclable. Nine businesses in the village have signed up to the scheme, which is free for businesses to participate in.

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Norfolk’s newest leisure centre is now recruiting for its top team as plans gather pace for its opening this summer. 

The new £26m Marina Centre on Great Yarmouth’s seafront will boast a six-lane swimming pool, learner pool and leisure water with flumes; along with a gym, sports hall, indoor climbing zone, community spaces and a café.

With only a few months to go until its planned opening in late summer, an exciting recruitment campaign is underway to find some outstanding individuals who will play a crucial role in the opening of the new centre and providing excellent customer service to the residents and visitors. 

The centre will be operated by Freedom Leisure - one of the most successful and growing not for profit leisure and cultural trusts in the UK - on behalf of Great Yarmouth Borough Council. 

Published in Press Releases
Wednesday, 16 March 2022 00:00

Community rallies for pre-season litter pick

Staff and volunteers from several local community groups and businesses came together for a pre-season litter pick at Breydon Water.

Organised by The Broads Authority, the event saw over thirty members of staff and volunteersfrom TheBroadsAuthority, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the Bure Valley Conservation Group, RSPB Love Nature, and the Sea Life Centre team up to tackle the area before the tourism season begins.

On Wednesday 9, March, the teams spent four hours litter picking on the Northern/Southern shore of Breydon Water and came across some interesting finds. Their top discoveries included a singular pristine winter welly boot, one lonely Nike Air trainer, a pre-loved teddy bear, many construction helmets and even a mooring reserved sign.

Published in Clubs & Societies

A unique new archaeology mission is set to launch next week allowing residents to join with professionals to explore Great Yarmouth’s history.

As part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone Scheme, Great Yarmouth Borough Council is partnering with Cotswold Archaeology to create the ‘Uncovering Yarmouth’ project, which will see them investigating the history of the Great Yarmouth Minster churchyard and around the Market Place.

The project will kick off on Monday 14 February, using ground penetrating radar to extend our knowledge of the area’s past. Radar is used by archaeologists to identify structures beneath the ground without having to dig it all up.

The aim of the survey is to discover the line of the medieval town wall and the probable St. Nicholas' Gate, which was totally demolished in 1799 to extend the churchyard as well as any other structures that might have stood in the area in the past. Surveying the line of the old town wall might help establish the shape of the towers and whether the towers were round or square.

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Proposals for a once-in-a-generation facelift for Great Yarmouth's historic town centre have been unveiled.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has released details of the plans to improve the market place and surrounding area, making it a more attractive destination for people to visit and businesses to set up shop in.

The plans will now go out to public consultation to ensure they meet the needs of residents, visitors, businesses, and community organisations that use the town centre.


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Seven of Great Yarmouth’s most iconic buildings will be put in the spotlight from this weekend.

The borough council will flick the switch on new lighting on the Town Hall, St George’s Theatre, the Tolhouse, the Minster Church of St Nicholas, the Arc Cinema at the Royalty, the North West Tower, and Gorleston Pavilion.

The collection includes five listed buildings and a scheduled monument, with all the buildings representing a special place in the town’s history and cultural life.

They will all be bathed in new energy-efficient LED lighting, focusing on the impressive architecture which has seen many of them given legal protection from changes. From spring next year, the council plans to launch a second phase of lighting which will see specially commissioned illustrations projected on to the buildings in a series of light trails.

Published in Norfolk Guide

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 longer used. 

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