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Archbishop Sancroft High School
Pulham Primary School are having a new extension built. Pictured is the area the new classroom will be built.

A south Norfolk primary school has been granted planning permission to build a new reception class area.

A £5 deduction for a security key fob has pushed a Norwich firm onto the government’s “name and shame” list of national minimum wage offenders.

Norwich
Norfolk Constabulary vehicle.

Police have arrested two men after the Co-operative store in Market Place, Harleston was broken into at around 4am this morning.

Dennis Cross from Diss has spent most of his life collecting postcards depicting scenes from the town and surrounding villages.

He’s been collecting postcards since 1973 and cannot put a number on how many he has. But Dennis Cross is not thinking of bringing a halt to his collecting yet.

Needham
A team of ladies from the Diss area are taking part in the Ride The Night cycle around London to raise money for cancer charities.

A group of women from the Diss area are gearing up for a pedal-powered fundraiser that will see them cycle through the streets of London at night.

London
Heather Babb, with Diss and District Rotary Club president Dick Mitchell

The president elect of the Diss and District Rotary Club is preparing to fly to India to help immunise children and babies against polio.

Rotary Club
Staff and customers at Mere Moments in Diss, celebrate last years overall prize award.

The search is on to find the best independent retailer in south Norfolk with people in Diss, Harleston and Wymondham asked to vote for their favourite shops.

Martin Wilby

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Diss Sport

Wayne Anderson
Matt Blake, 10, will be hoping to fire Norwich United to another victory this afternoon. Picture: STEVE ADAMS

Norwich United can take another giant step towards retaining their Premier Division crown by seeing off one of the chasing pack’s top sides.

Action from Wymondham's victory over Crusaders.

Wymondham 27 Crusaders 0

US Federal Reserve

Cantabrigian 19 Diss 5

Haverhill Borough 2 Diss Town 1

Danny Self
Robbie Harris in action for Fakenham Town earlier this season. Picture: TONY MILES

Robbie Harris is desperate for Fakenham Town to hand him the perfect parting gift.

Wayne Anderson

Diss Events

Makers’ Month starts on Monday, February 1 and throughout February people can have a go at spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, sketching, printing and more. 
Picture from left to right are: Edna Standley, from Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers; textile artist Johanne Couldrey; textile artist Kally Davidson; Joy Evitt, from Norfolk Costume and Textile Association; Helen Dawson, chairman of Norfolk Countryside Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild; and textile artist Aviva Leigh. Photo: supplied.

From making felt from raw fleece to creating a crocheted totem pole, people can get involved in an array of activities next month when weavers, spinners and other craft-makers take over The Forum in Norwich.

Norwich
La Boheme is parrt of the Corn Hall On Tour programme

The Merry Opera Company will be bringing the opera La Boheme to Norfolk as part of the Diss Corn Hall on Tour programme.

Paris
Cast of the new Dad's Army film (left to right): Blake Harrison as Pike, Danny Mays as Walker, Tom Courtenay as Corporal Jones, Toby Jones as Captain Mainwaring, Bill Paterson as Fraser, Bill Nighy as Wilson and Michael Gambon as Godfrey. Universal Pictures/PA Wire

The critics may have spoken – and not always in the kindest terms – but for the most ardent of Dad’s Army fans, the new film version of the classic comedy does not disappoint.

Peter Jay at the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth.  Picture: James Bass Picture: James Bass  Copy: Stacia Briggs For: EDP2 Eastern Daily Press © 2010  (01603) 772434

He leaves a legacy of music across the globe – from Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads, just as he sang on Life On Mars.

Norwich

Norfolk Entertainment

Artist Susan Gunn at her new show at Mandells Gallery in Norwich.
 Picture: ANTONY KELLY.

Finding beauty in cracks and flaws is a key inspiration for artist Susan Gunn, and a new Norwich exhibition showcases some of the highlights of her striking works from the past decade.

University of East Anglia
Farmers market at Creak Abbey . Photo: Jake Sugden

There’s lots happening in Norfolk this weekend. Make sure you don’t miss the best events with our weekend guide.

The Night of Spells at Waterstones for Harry Potter Book Night. Chanting spells from a spells book, from left, Edie Kimbley-Shave, eight; Esmêe Norton, eight, and Catriona Gillespie, seven. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The magical world of Harry Potter enchanted a Norwich bookshop as fans of the boy wizard enjoyed A Night Of Spells.

Norwich
Bradley Waterman, from Norwich, who will be appearing on The Voice.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A musician who only started performing three years ago will have his first taste of fame this weekend as he appears on The Voice.

BBC
Ian Waite and Camilla Dallerup from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. Picture: SUBMITTED

For one night only, Cromer Pier’s Pavilion Theatre is inviting dance fans to join Ian Waite and Camilla Dallerup from the BBC’s hit show Strictly Come Dancing.

BBC

Norfolk Sport

Lynn's Lee Smith up against Redditch United's captain Jamey Osborne. Picture: Ian Burt

Lee Stevenson scored a worldy winner and then was one of three players who got sent off as Lynn won a bad-tempered affair at The Walks.

non-league
Carl Wilkinson. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

King’s Lynn have got themselves out of a real muddle by making a reserve switch.

King's Lynn Stars
Lee Stevenson scored in Lynn's last outing at Chippenham. Picture: FOCUS IMAGES

Gary Setchell is refusing to downplay the importance of King’s Lynn Town’s latest Southern League Premier examination.

Gary Setchell
Michael Spillane's return has provided Lowestoft with a timely boost. Picture: MARK CHAPPELL/FOCUS IMAGES

The return of Michael Spillane will go a long way to compensating for the loss of Jack Ainsley, according to Lowestoft Town boss Ady Gallagher.

Andrew Fisk
Interim boss Chris Wigger has overseen two defeats since filling the void left by Stewart Larter at Wroxham. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

After two defeats in their last two games, including a heartbreaking 4-3 injury-time loss against Redbridge last Saturday, Wroxham meet another team in the drop-zone, writes Adrian Gowling.

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