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 Fire service helps young people achieve their potential

Building confidence, improving practical skills and teamwork and getting young people ready for further training and employment are the aims of the Prince’s Trust TEAM programme. The programme is run by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and funded by The College of West Anglia.

The FREE 12 week programme runs in January, April and September and is open to people aged 16 to 26 who are not in employment, training or education. It does not affect benefits and is offered at Dereham, King’s Lynn, North Walsham and Norwich.

Among the highlights of the programme are a week-long residential course, fundraising and community activities, work experience placements and careers advice.

Oliver and residentMany previous attendees have gone on to secure employment or further training.

Oliver (18) found out about TEAM through his local JobCentre and is very glad he took part: “It was quite challenging to start with and I wasn’t very confident, but it was very rewarding. I particularly enjoyed the work placements I did with the fire service, College of West Anglia and at Downham Market Academy in their IT department.

“I found the residential week the most difficult as I was out of my comfort zone, but I learned so much during the programme. I would recommend that anyone who is unsure should give it a go as all of my concerns and worries went away and I had a great experience.”

Pictured above right: Oliver and the TEAM members made friends with residents of Goodwins Hall Care Home in King's Lynn.

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Caring for the county

Better Broadband for Norfolk
We’re on course to increase superfast broadband access in Norfolk to 95% by April 2020.

Mobile coverage
We’re working with the big four mobile providers to improve the county’s mobile coverage – with a target of 98%.

Third River Crossing
The Government has committed £98m to create a third river crossing in Great Yarmouth. We hope to start construction by the end of 2020.

Recruiting for reablement
In November we recruited around 80 new care workers countywide, including posts to provide a ‘wrap around’ service to support people leaving hospital and help them get back home.

Scottow Enterprise Park
The former RAF Coltishall site is a real success story – we now have 92% tenancy occupancy.

Investing in children and families
We’re investing £12m over the next four years to help support children to live safely at home.

Tackling domestic abuse
925 ‘champions’ – people in professions who deal with the public – have been taught how to spot signs of abuse and offer support.

Fire and Rescue
In 2017-18, our Fire and Rescue Service attended 7,398 incidents and rescued over 700 people.


Step closer for first new school in Great Yarmouth in decades

New school GY

Children at North Denes Primary School in Great Yarmouth were excited to watch a short video of how their new school might look in the near future. The £7m, 420 place school would be the first to be built in the town for decades and could be up and running in 2019 – subject to planning and building.

Watch the video of North Denes Primary School on YouTube

Adoption and fostering events

If you’re considering adoption or interested in becoming a foster carer, come and find out more at our drop-in information events. Our friendly staff will be on hand to tell you more and answer your questions.

Thursday 28 June, The Forum Norwich, 11am to 7pm
Friday 29 June, Dereham Library, 11am to 7pm

All systems go!

We’ve introduced LiquidLogic, a new IT system for our social care staff to use for their casework. The system is more user-friendly with features that enable us to efficiently direct our resources to where they are most needed and better track our performance.

Stay up to date with TfN

Transport for Norwich (TfN) is continuing work on improvements across the city’s travel network.

Current and forthcoming projects include construction of a cycle link between Wymondham and Hethersett, a new pedestrian/cycle crossing on St Crispins Road and changes to benefit the centre of Eaton.

TfN is a partnership between Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council. We also work with local authorities within Greater Norwich on schemes in the wider area.

For full details of all schemes, see our website, where you can also find information on project consultations, recent road changes and journey planning.

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£2.4m for No Lonely Day in Norfolk

We’ve stepped up our In Good Company campaign to tackle loneliness in Norfolk by awarding £2.4m of funding to help ensure no one spends a lonely day in our county if they don’t want to.

Our funding is designed to help prevent loneliness, which can cause people to have poor health, to become victims of scams and fraud and to become reliant on public services sooner.

So over the next three years, we’ll be working with Community Action Norfolk, The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and Voluntary Norfolk to develop new and innovative ways of improving the health and wellbeing of people affected by loneliness and social isolation. Our aim is to help residents to stay independent and well for as long as possible.

For events in your area, to find volunteering opportunities or to promote these and to search the Norfolk Community Directory   If you are not online call 0344 800 8020.

Broadband boost

Our Better Broadband for Norfolk (BBfN) programme has now helped to make superfast (24 Megabits per second and above) broadband available to more than 91% of homes and businesses in the county.

You can check whether you can buy a superfast broadband service at your address at BBfN is installing new fibre broadband networks all the time and we won’t be satisfied until all properties in Norfolk can get a good broadband service. Keep checking back on the website to get the latest updates.

Castle Keep to return to its former look in £13.5m project

Plans to restore Norwich Castle’s 12th century stone keep back to its former glory have moved a step closer after archaeological excavations took place in the basement in preparation for the £13.5m project.Keep giving

Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England will see parts of the keep returned to its original internal layout, showcasing the palatial residence of England’s Norman kings. The project is led by Norfolk Museums Service with development funding from Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). A further bid for funding went to HLF this month. There is also a live public fundraising campaign to raise £50,000 towards project costs called #KeepGiving

Meet your new Youth Parliament members

MYP members

Young people across the county voted in new Members of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Norfolk from the 17 candidates who stood for election.  Congratulations to the winning candidates:

  • Cameron Hodds – East Norfolk
  • Ewan Brett – Central and South Norfolk
  • Fee Robinson – North Norfolk
  • Jake Dorman – West Norfolk

Over the next two years, our four MYPs will look into issues that affect young people by using social media, talking to peers and going into schools. As non party-political representatives for Norfolk, they will work with local councillors and MPs and take part in national debates, including one at the House of Commons.

Everyone in Norfolk aged 11 to 18 could vote via the Norfolk County Council website.

Pictured above left to right: Wendy Thomson (Managing Director of Norfolk County Council), Fee Robinson (North Norfolk), Cameron Hodds (East Norfolk), Jake Dorman (West Norfolk), Ewan Brett (Central and South Norfolk), Penny Carpenter (Chairman of Norfolk County Council Children's Services Committee).  

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Broadland Northway - open to traffic

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 The final section of the A1270 Norwich Northern Distributor Road – now named Broadland Northway – is fully open.

This last 3.3 miles from the A1151 Wroxham Road to the Postwick Hub opened in April and completed the 12.1 miles of new dual carriageway around the north and east of Norwich. The full route runs from the A1067 Fakenham Road, north-west of Norwich, to the A47 at Postwick, at the eastern end of Norwich Southern Bypass.

People are telling us Broadland Northway is making a big difference…Broadland Northway 2

  • Significantly reducing journey times
  • Making journey times more reliable
  • Taking traffic off congested roads
  • Improving access to Norwich Airport
  • Making it easier for visitors to get to north Norfolk 


Spotlight on

Summer Reading Challenge


Children’s favourite the Beano features in Mischief Makers which is this year’s FREE Summer Reading Challenge offered at all Norfolk libraries.

Youngsters aged five to 11 are given stickers for reading books, which they can stick on their own Beanotown treasure map. Medals and certificates are given for completing the challenge. There is also ImagiNation, a reading challenge for 11-18 year olds, and reading activities for very young children.

The aim of the project is to encourage children to continue reading throughout the long break from school. Reading has proven health benefits for people of all ages and the reading challenge is put together by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries across the UK. Sign up from 14 July at your local library.

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Characters from Beano © DC Thomson Ltd (2018)


Cut price composting


Our cut price compost bin offer is making it much easier for people to start composting. You can buy a reduced price compost bin from just £11.99 while stocks last.

The Baker family from South Lopham has already pledged to give composting a go and dad Gavin (pictured below right) wants to get his three-year-old daughter involved too. The family used to have chickens that ate up their vegetable and salad scraps. But now they no longer have them, they’ve noticed they throw a lot more waste away. They are starting composting to help improve the environment for the future.

Find details of how to buy a bin and hints and tips about composting at


Having a clear out?

There’s loads you can bring to the recycling centre for FREE: sofas, mattresses, carpet/underlay, green garden waste, all your electricals, free-standing household furniture and scrap metal. DIY waste has a small charge.

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High blood pressure – the silent killer

Public Health experts estimate that one in six adults in Norfolk are unaware they have high blood pressure because there are often no obvious symptoms. The problem can lead to stroke, heart attack or heart disease.

Norwich resident Ian Williams (55) was on holiday in France when he developed a headache he couldn’t shake: “When I got home, I went to the walk-in centre and the first thing they did was check my blood pressure. They were shocked at how high it was. I was told to go straight to Accident and Emergency as my blood pressure was going up and up.”Andy sm

Ian ended up in hospital for five days and was given medication to help bring his blood pressure down. The scare made him look at ways of changing his lifestyle to improve his health: “I took up cycling and now I do a lot of walking – it helps that I don’t own a car. I stopped eating salt, swapped sugar for sweetener and generally cook everything from scratch.

“Thanks to the medication and my lifestyle changes, my blood pressure is now normal. I have annual checks and advise everyone to get their blood pressure checked. Don’t ignore nagging symptoms, it could mean something isn’t right.”

Get checked

If you’re an adult and haven’t had your blood pressure checked in the last five years, you can go along to a participating pharmacist to have it done. The check is quick and simple and the results are immediate, meaning support and guidance is offered straightaway.Get checked logo

Wish we were dualled

 Wish we were dualled

 Thousands of you have shown your support for getting the A47 fully dualled over the last few months by backing our Just Dual It! campaign.

Just 47% of the A47 between Peterborough and Lowestoft is dual carriageway. We believe getting the whole route dualled would hugely benefit Norfolk, improving road safety and making journey times along the road and onwards to the Midlands shorter and more reliable.

We’ll be leaving the Government in no doubt about how important this is to Norfolk by taking the thousands of messages of support we’ve received for getting the road dualled down to Westminster later this summer.

Here are just a few of the reasons people have told us they want the A47 fully dualled as soon as possible – fingers crossed the Government listens to you all and we get some good news later this year.

“It will reduce congestion particularly during the summer months. It will be safer for motorists, eliminating ‘blackspots’…
It will improve transport links to the Midlands, and will make the port of Great Yarmouth more attractive
for trade.”         T Skinner, Wymondham

“It is a vital connecting route for commercial and holiday vehicles in Norfolk. Therefore to improve this connection will increase business and prosperity for the region.”
M Rayner, Sheringham

“It is a main artery for the county as it is, in places it is dangerous. It has cost our local economy millions in delays by the poor layout of the road.”
Jacqueline Vincent, Kettlestone

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Signalling change

Signalling change

Do you struggle to get a strong enough mobile signal to make phone calls where you live? Or maybe you try to browse the internet on the go and the data connection keeps dropping out?

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. We know this is a problem that affects lots of people in Norfolk, so earlier this year we commissioned an independent survey to map what mobile coverage is really like across our county.

The results provide clear evidence that the signal for voice calls and data connections for using the internet are both really patchy. Attempts to make a mobile phone call in locations across Norfolk are likely to be unsuccessful nearly one in five times.

Clearly, this isn’t good enough for the way we live and work today and we want improvements to be made quickly.

So we’re using the information we’ve gathered through the survey to work with the main four mobile network providers:
EE, Telefonica/O2, Three and Vodafone. We’re trying to make it easy for them to improve their network coverage by matching their ‘not spots’ with structures and buildings owned by public sector organisations in Norfolk, where they could install new mobile infrastructure.

We’ve also published an interactive map on our website so you can check what the signal and data network coverage is like by local area and by network provider, according to our independent survey. You can find this map at

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk

Written and funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk

Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care

Your Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Lorne Green, is responsible for commissioning support services for victims of crime in Norfolk.

If you or someone you know has been affected by crime, help is available from the new Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care service.

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What kind of help is available?

Together with his Suffolk counterpart, PCC Lorne Green has teamed up with Victim Support to provide a free, confidential support service for victims and witnesses of crime.

Whatever has happened to you, whatever you may have witnessed and whenever it took place, the Victim Care team is on hand to work with and support you to help you cope and recover.

Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care can provide emotional support, giving you a safe place to confidentially talk through your thoughts and feelings and ask any questions you may have.

The team also offers practical support, like help with filling in paperwork, fitting home security measures, getting medical treatment or repairing damage to property.

It does not matter if you have reported the crime to the police or not, or previously turned down offers of support – whatever you need, Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care is there for you.

What about specialist support?

Your PCC and Victim Support work with a number of organisations across Norfolk which provide specialist support to people affected by crime. You can get more information on the support services available by getting in touch with Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care.

How do I get help?

Report a crime

For information on reporting a crime, visit the Norfolk Police website:

You can get advice and support to report a crime from Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care too.

Contact Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care

Call: 0300 303 3706 Monday to Friday 8am-5pm.

Out of hours, contact Victim Support on 0808 1689 111



Young people given a voice about policing and crime in Norfolk

Youth commission

More than 1,600 young people from across the county have had their say on how to shape policing following the introduction of the Norfolk PCC Youth Commission.

The Commission, launched by Lorne Green last year, enables young people aged 14-25 to support, challenge and inform his work as the county’s PCC and, in turn Norfolk Police.

Over the past few months, members of the 42-strong Commission have toured the county asking young people ‘What Matters Most to You?’ – #WMM2U.

Members then organised and hosted a conference in April to reveal their ‘Big Conversation’ findings.

PCC Lorne Green said: “When I was elected in May 2016, I promised that I would give every man, woman and young person in Norfolk the opportunity to influence policing and help shape my work as PCC.

“To deliver on this promise, I created the first ever Norfolk PCC Youth Commission to ensure the views of young people across the county could be heard.

“Having asked the Commission to identify six key areas within policing that they felt mattered most to young people in Norfolk, I set members the task of gathering the opinions of other young people on those six priorities.

“Youth Commission members have worked hard over the last 12 months, committing hundreds of voluntary hours to give 1,600 young people the opportunity to have their say on policing and crime.

“The views of those young people have been heard and, as we go forward, will be heeded in my office as we work together for a safer Norfolk.”

Youth commissionersThe six priorities identified by the Norfolk PCC Youth Commission were:

  • Journeys through the Justice System
  • Relationship with the Police
  • Mental Health
  • Abusive Relationships
  • Substance Misuse
  • Peer Pressure & Social Media

What the Commissioners said 

Thomas Lynn

Thomas Lynn, 16, said:  “I was quite nervous when I first began working with the Youth Commission but I’ve built a lot in confidence and really enjoyed meeting other young people.  The word ‘police’ can seem quite negative to some young people but some of the feedback we got was quite positive about police and helped a lot. I believe young people deserve to have a voice.”

 Louise Cooke, 18, added: Louise Cooke “The work of the Youth Commission is something I think highly of. I hope it can help other children, as if we understand why they may find it difficult to approach the police we can hopefully try to make their experience better.  I’m really hoping we can help improve the relationship between police and young people.  I hope we can help them to see that police are human, all they do is wear a uniform just like they wear a school uniform, it’s just part of their work and they are approachable.”

Oliver Simmons, 21, added:
“I hope we can help break down any barriers between young people and the police so that young people feel confident to speak
to the police and the police in turn feel more confident to speak to young people, as it’s a two way system.”

Oliver Simmons




Better access to Norfolk's great outdoors

Access to great outdoors

Over the last two years we’ve tested 40 trails and made improvements to 16. There is now a lovely new path up Beeston Bump which replaces the old badly rutted surface, making it even easier for more people to access the hill and enjoy the spectacular views from its summit.

As well as making path surface improvements and removing steps and stiles, we’re creating booklets to help you to take a look at a walk to see if the route is suitable.

Look out for the access tested logo and the new access tested walks on our website
We’re adding more all the time.

Your daily dose of fresh air
There are hundreds of miles of local paths all around Norfolk. Find out where public rights of way are and how to report issues.

Did you know?
The Beeston Bump path improvement was largely funded by Natural England and took six weeks to complete. We used 109 tonnes of granite and carstone, which was airlifted onto the site by helicopter.

Caring for our youngest residents

Chestnut nursery
A successful bid for £1.3m of funding is creating around 350 vital new early years learning and childcare places across the county – and supporting Norfolk’s working parents.Chestnut nursery 3

Four nurseries have already been built, expanded or refurbished with the funding – at RAF Marham, Scarning Pre-school, Bignold Primary School in Norwich and Chestnut at Norwich Research Park. A new nursery at the John of Gaunt School in Aylsham is also planned.

The places will meet demand for the national scheme which entitles working parents to receive up to 30 hours of free childcare for their three and four year olds. Already 3,800 families in Norfolk are benefitting from the scheme and it is anticipated that this number will grow to around 5,200 families.

Chestnut Nursery School is the latest to have been completed under the programme. It has created over 145 additional places for children of parents who work at the advanced research site, which is recognised for its support of the work of women in science. It has a large secure outside play area and a holiday club for children up to 8 years.

Thirty hours of funded childcareChestnut nursery 2
A child will qualify for the 30 hours scheme if:

Both parents are working or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family. Each must earn a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours pay at national minimum wage or national living wage and less than £100,000 per year.

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Pictures: Chestnut Nursery School at Norwich Research Park
Original art photography: Joe Lenton



Boarding school project helps keep young safe

Vulnerable young people in Norfolk are benefitting from a successful boarding school programme that helps to keep them safe.

Norfolk County Council works in partnership with several boarding schools to place children at risk of going into care, giving them access to good emotional support and education which strengthens relationships back at home.

Norfolk has placed more than 50 children under the programme and is supporting the Department for Education to extend the scheme nationally.

Nearly three quarters of children who have benefitted from the scheme have seen the level of risk in their lives reduce.

Some of the placements also receive charitable contributions and the cost is far less than bringing a child into the council’s care.

Norfolk has been highlighted as the leading authority in this area of work and the scheme is one element of its work to keep children safe and strengthen families.

Apprenticeships Training Agency

TrAC Apprenticeships Norfolk, supported by grants from the Local Investment in Future Talent Programme and the New Anglia Skills Deal, is a project to support businesses in rural areas to offer work trials and apprenticeships to vulnerable 16-24 year-olds, including care leavers and looked after children.

The project is running for two years and carefully matches businesses with young people to help them gain workplace experience and complete an apprenticeship. Businesses involved receive bespoke support packages to include: apprentice mentoring skills, mental health guidance, first aid awareness and safeguarding training.

Find out more
Email, call 01603 737739 or follow
TrAC AN on twitter @TrACappnorfolk

Apprenticeships website
If you’re interested in either becoming or employing an apprentice, find out all you need to know at the new Apprenticeships Norfolk website – – where you’ll also find details of current apprenticeship vacancies across Norfolk.

Taking a stand against scams


Scams are affecting the lives of millions of people in the UK – with lonely and older people most at risk. Victims often lose £1,000 or more before realising they’ve been duped.

The Norfolk Against Scams Partnership (NASP) is a partnership of organisations committed to taking a stand against scams and aims to make Norfolk a scam-free county. Working alongside the Friends Against Scams network, organisations are encouraged to become partners and urge everyone to take a stand against scams.

Fred* (80) received a letter from a scam business saying he had an unclaimed lottery prize. He got in touch and was told to send money so business lawyers could start processing his winnings. Fred didn’t receive any prize money but continued to get letters and calls from the company and ended up paying them almost £40,000.

When our Trading Standards officers got involved, they helped Fred to recognise he had been scammed. It soon became clear that he was the victim of at least 20 other fraudulent schemes and was losing hundreds of pounds each month.

Officers worked with Fred and his bank to have all the payments stopped and new bank cards issued. They also set up a call blocker to stop bogus callers. Fred can now recognise scam mail. He used to get around ten letters a day but this has reduced to two a week and he shreds any he receives.

Friends Against Scams

  • 1,288 members recruited in Norfolk
  • The average age of a scam victim is 75 but victims can be as young as 19
  • National figures show that more than 53% of people aged 65+ have been targeted by scammers

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*Fred’s name has been changed to protect confidentiality.  Photo posed by model.  

In Good Company approved


Friend In Deed is one of the many organisations we have awarded an In Good Company quality mark, for their great work tackling loneliness in communities across Norfolk. Friend In Deed was set up to bring different generations together in a variety of ways.

Friend In Deed is looking for volunteers. Email for more details.

The In Good Company quality mark recognises the vast array of businesses, communities and voluntary and statutory organisations that run services or events for lonely people in Norfolk. Apply for yours today.

FriendInDeed 2A promise to tackle loneliness

As part of In Good Company, we organised Norfolk’s first ever summit to tackle loneliness earlier this year. More than 90 people from many different community-based organisations came together at the event and made promises to take action over the next year to reduce the number of lonely people in their local areas. As a result, new coffee morning events have started in Rollesby and more people have been signed up to distribute vital information to residents in West Norfolk.

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Photos: Stuart Beard Photography 

Volunteers digitise war diaries


People living with Asperger syndrome are gaining vital work experience thanks to a unique project between Norfolk Record Office (NRO), Asperger East Anglia and the 448th Bomb Group Collection, Seething, working with South Norfolk District Council.

NRO has been working to digitise files, owned by Pat Everson from the museum, which relate to members of the 448th Bomb Group of the United States Air Force, stationed at Seething during the Second World War, including memoirs and combat diaries.

The project has offered six-week long work experience placements, working with the charity to identify participants, who spend two hours a week at the record office. Those taking part are provided with full training on document handling, using computer software and cameras and the aim is to improve skills and self-confidence and help people to go on to find further training or employment.

Jocelyn Arbon from Asperger East Anglia said: “The Seething Digitisation project has been of great benefit to us. It has provided a safe, supportive and friendly environment for our clients which we have been able to promote with confidence. All of our participants have thoroughly enjoyed their time and are always sorry when the placement comes to an end. It gives our clients meaningful work experience and personal satisfaction to work on such an interesting project.”

So far 13 volunteers have taken part and more than 33 folders of documents have been put into a digital format, creating over 5,000 images.

Volunteer Helen said:
“I’ve been out of work for a while and was only diagnosed with Aspergers last year. The support from Asperger East Anglia has been wonderful and I’m very glad that they suggested I volunteer at the record office. I’ve really enjoyed working on the Seething Air Base project. It’s very rewarding to know that I’m helping to preserve these invaluable records for future generations. The staff at the record office were lovely too and I’ve been enjoying myself very much, as well as feeling useful.” 


NHS Health Checks

NHSIf you’re aged between 40 and 74 you may be eligible for a free NHS Health Check. These checks can help identify your chances of getting heart and kidney disease as well as stroke, diabetes and a type of dementia. A blood pressure check is also included.

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Your say

Norwich Western Link – have your say

With Broadland Northway now helping to make journeys quicker for thousands of people every day, we’re turning our attention to the area between where the new road ends at the Fakenham Road (A1067) and the A47 west of Norwich to see if we need to do anything here to tackle any transport issues.

If you have an opinion on transport to the west of the city, make sure you take part in our Norwich Western Link consultation which closes at midnight on Tuesday 3 July.

Find out more and complete the consultation at

Competitions and offers

Celebrate in Norfolk

Whether you’re renewing your vows, naming a baby, getting engaged or reaffirming your commitment to each other, a celebration is a wonderful way to gather friends and family to commemorate a special occasion.

Here’s your chance to win the services of a celebrant registrar to conduct your ceremony. Celebrate in Norfolk has five prizes worth up to £375 to give away. Winners can choose the location for their event – this could be outdoors in a meadow or on the beach, at home, at one of Celebrate in Norfolk’s own venues or at any other place special to them.

To find out more about Celebrate in Norfolk visit

How to enter


Or write with your name, address and telephone number to: Your Norfolk Competitions, Communications, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH.  The closing date is Friday 6 July 2018.

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  • The prize is for a celebrant registrar to conduct the ceremony
  • The winner is responsible for all other associated costs
  • Dates subject to availability
  • No cash alternative
  • Winners must agree to take part in publicity
  • Norfolk County Council staff may not enter

Win tickets to Blickling’s Great British Prom

Blicking concert

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall takes place on Saturday 11 August and Your Norfolk has five pairs of tickets to give away.

This year’s event celebrates 100 years of the RAF, with local servicemen and women taking part. Highlights include a Spitfire fly-past and a spectacular aerial display by Aerosparx, the only team in the world to combine formation flying, aerobatics and twilight pyrotechnics. Plus Cranwell Military Wives Choir and a display of military vehicles.

The National Symphony Orchestra leads the musical programme which includes well-known RAF inspired music such as William Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and Fugue and Eric Coates’s Dambusters March. Plus all the Proms favourites – Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem.

And to round off this fantastic evening’s entertainment, there’s a spectacular fireworks finale over the lake.

How to enter

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Or write with your name, address and telephone number to: Great British Prom Competition, Communications, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DH.

The closing date is Friday 6 July 2018.

Terms and conditions

  • No cash alternatives available
  • Norfolk County Council staff may not enter

What's on

Paston Treasures reunited and on display

Paston Treasure

Rare works of art originally featured in a Norfolk painting have been brought together for a unique summer exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World runs from 23 June to 23 September. Curated by experts at Norfolk Museums Service and the Yale Center for British Art in the US, the exhibition is the result of a five-year research project to unlock the painting’s many secrets.

Central to the show is The Paston Treasure, a large mysterious oil painting dating from c1663 by an unknown Dutch School artist, donated to Norwich Castle in 1947. The painting’s unique and cryptic subject has mesmerised and puzzled art scholars and historians worldwide.

It features an array of lavish treasures, as well as animals and people. Five of the original objects survive and have been brought together for the first time in three centuries. These include a pair of silver-gilt flagons, a strombus shell cup, two unique nautilus cups and a mother of pearl perfume flask.Prinsenhof cup

In total the show features 130 items including musical instruments, rare timepieces, a globe, jewels, paintings and sculptures, some from prestigious international lenders.

The treasures represent a fraction of what was once owned by Norfolk’s famous Paston family, of Oxnead Hall. The Paston Treasure was commissioned to promote the family’s wealth and sophisticated artistic taste but by the 1730s the Pastons were bankrupt, the collection sold and Oxnead Hall fell into disuse.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to glimpse one of the greatest collections in Britain in the seventeenth century, brought back to Norfolk for the very first time.

Pictured top: The Paston Treasure
Pictured above right: Mounted nautilus cup, Delft, c1592.  Collection Museum Prinsenhof Delft.  Acquired with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt.  Photograph: Tom Haartsen


Norfolk Day


Families across Norfolk are invited to join in our celebrations for the first ever Norfolk Day this summer.

Held on Friday 27 July, Norfolk Day aims to celebrate all that is great about our county. Many of our council services are getting involved. Why not join in the fun, explore more about our great county and make the most of what it has to offer?

Norfolk Museums Service is supporting the day with themed events and activities. There are also plans to throw open the doors to Strangers’ Hall and The Museum of Norwich with free admission being offered to visitors on the day as part of ongoing summer support from the Norwich Freemen.

Norwich Castle will offer family activities inspired by the current exhibition, The Paston Treasure. Other events are planned at museums across Norfolk.

Libraries are hosting family-friendly StoryWalks, ideal for children aged three to seven. These 90-minute sessions are a brilliant way to share stories with the whole family. They’ll take place whatever the weather, so bring both your wellies and your sun hat. All children must be accompanied by an adult and the sessions will take place at libraries in Gaywood, Cromer, North Walsham, Great Yarmouth, Harleston, Tuckswood and at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library.

If you’re interested in looking through historic documents and unusual maps, then Norfolk Record Office is inviting people to learn more about Norfolk. Places are free but must be booked in advance. For more details call 01603 222599.

Norfolk County Council is proud to support the campaign. More details about our plans can be found at

Royal Norfolk Show

If you are going to this year’s Royal Norfolk Show, come and see Norfolk County Council’s stand (stand 92 on Royal Avenue between second and third drive) where you can find out about the services we offer to support businesses in the county.

Explore Norfolk this summer

Castle Acre trail

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What's on near you

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
01362 869263

Sunday 8 July (10am to 5pm)
Story Festival: Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Stories, Art Attack! and performances by Strange Fascination Theatre Company.

Village at war

Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August (10am to 5pm)
Village at War
Step back to the 1940s with costumed characters, military vehicles and toe-tapping music.

Ancient House Museum
01842 752599

From Saturday 7 July
Duleep Singh Exhibition
Discover the museum’s connections with the last Maharajah of the Punjab.

Tuesday 28 August (10am to 1pm)
Discovery Tuesday: Toys and Games through the Ages £2/£1

Lynn Museum
01553 775001

From Saturday 30 June
Animal ABC Exhibition

Animal ABC

Thursday 2 August (10am to 1pm)
Discovery Thursday: Victorians
Meet Victorian characters and handle real objects from that time.

Strangers’ Hall
01603 667229

Sunday 29 July; 5, 12 and 19 August; 2 September (1 to 4.30pm)
Summer Sundays
Enjoy the delightful garden and play traditional games. Plus pop-up mini theatre in August.

Wednesday 8 to Friday 31 August (10.30am to 3.30pm)
Busy for Lizzy!
Craft activities and a new family trail to commemorate the Royal Progress of 1578, when Elizabeth I came to Norwich.

Strangers’ Hall and Museum of Norwich

Tuesday 24 July to Sunday 5 August
Free Days from the Freemen
Two weeks of FREE admission generously supported by the Freemen of Norwich.

Museum of Norwich 01603 629127

Tuesday 24 July to Saturday 1 September (10am to 4.30pm) 
Hare We Go!
Join our hare spotting trail and take part in craft activities.

Go go hares

Norwich Castle
01603 495897/493625

Wednesday 25 July to Wednesday 5 September (10.30am to 3.30pm; not Sundays)
A treasure trove of activities inspired by the Paston Treasure exhibition (see page 14). Includes art, crafts, stories, costumed characters and much more. Programme changes daily. Check website for details.

Paston events

Norfolk Record Office: The Archive Centre
01603 222599

Friday 27 July (2 to 4pm)
What is Norfolk?
Celebrate Norfolk Day with a look at historic documents and unusual maps. FREE but please book.

Wednesday 5 September (1 to 2pm)
Norwich Castle: The Past, Present and Future of a Treasured Landmark
A lunchtime talk by Paris Agar. FREE no need to book.

Time & Tide Museum
01493 743930

Wednesday 1 August (11am to 4pm)
Seaside Family Fun Day
Traditional Punch and Judy, face painting and a chance to make souvenirs.

Punch and Judy

Wednesday 8 August (11am to 4pm)
Draw(n) to the Coast
Become an artist for the day and discover ways of creating landscapes.

Elizabethan House
01493 855746

Monday 30 July (11am to 4pm)
The Mayor’s Magnificent Meal
Help the cook prepare a feast.

Monday 20 August (11am to 4pm)
An Audience with a Queen
Anne Boleyn’s in the house waiting to answer all your questions.

Tolhouse Gaol
01493 858900

Double Bumper History Days (11am to 4pm)
These joint events with the Elizabethan House include costumed characters and hands-on activities. Admission £3.50 for both sites.

Monday 6 August – Prisons and Parlours
Monday 27 August – Rags and Riches

Cromer Museum
01263 513543

Tuesdays 31 July and 28 August (10am to 12.30pm and
1 to 3.30pm)
A Very Victorian Day Out
Punch and Judy, Victorian crafts and costumed characters.

Stone Age

Tuesday 7 August (10am to 12.30pm and 1 to 3.30pm)
Roll into the Stone Age
Help make a Stone Age wall painting, handle prehistoric objects and bring in your own finds.

Museum events are drop in and free with admission unless otherwise stated. Please check museum website for opening hours.

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