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It has felt more like the height of summer than the end of October today, as unseasonably high temperatures smashed the record for the warmest Halloween in Britain.

Firefighters were called to put out a fire in a car following a crash at Starston this morning.

Kett's Oak is in the running for England's Tree of the Year

For more than 500 years, it has stood as an immovable part of the local landscape, playing a central role in one of the most famous chapter’s in our region’s history – and now, Kett’s Oak needs your help

The geese with their goslings in June enjoying happier times on the Mere. Photograph John Bulloch.

Shorelands Wildlife Gardens, in Dickleburgh, have offered to give the geese a home.

A Sir Alfred Munnings painting of cattle grazing before hay wagons in a landscape.

While everyone wishes they could uncover a Lowry in their loft or a Picasso tucked away in the back of their pantry, one Norfolk man struck gold when he unearthed a painting worth tens of thousands of pounds after clearing out his shed.

(l-r) NFU Mutual Chairman Richard Percy, Peter Beck and Simon Prince, Chief Constable at Dyfed Powys police who was a judge for the competition.

Two watch scheme co-ordinators from Suffolk have been praised by police at an awards ceremony in London.

Stop Hempnalls Onshore Wind Turbines members Geoff Moulton, foreground, Rob Johnson and Trevor Shurmer, right, with SHOWT banners.

A South Norfolk community is celebrating today after winning a battle to stop a windfarm being built.

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Diss Sport

Wed, 17:28

Harleston Magpies Ladies retained their third place in the league by adding three points to their tally on Saturday.

Gorleston returned to winning ways in spectacular fashion last night when they won 5-0 at Premier Division strugglers Walsham-le-Willows.

Diss Town need to get some more points on the board, and fast, if they are to not get cut adrift at the foot of the table. Picture: JOHN HUTTON

Diss Town have another chance this evening to prove their first Premier Division victory of the season was not a false dawn.

Thetford v Whitton Picture by: Sonya Duncan

Norwich United are flying the Norfolk flag as they continue their charge at the summit of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

Action from Diss v Holt at Mackenders. Picture: John Bulloch

Diss secured maximum points against local rivals Holt with an emphatic all-round performance that highlighted the continued progress being made following the appointment of Roger Coombs and Dave Smith as lead coaches.

Diss Events

Family feat pix 23/10/14

Schools are out once again and families looking for some perfect half term fun are spoilt for choice. SIMON PARKIN highlights some of the shows taking place this week.

The winners of the 2014 Paint Out Norwich competition.
1st Prize Haidee-Jo Summers. Title: Work to be Done - Elm Hill in Oil
2nd Prize Chris Daynes. Title: The Watergate - Pulls Ferry in Oil 
3rd Prize Roy Connelly. Title: The Dark Entry - Norwich Cathedral in Oil

An oil painting of one of Norwich’s most historic streets has scooped first prize in the inaugural Paint Out Norwich competition.

Norwich Cathedral Hostry. Photo : Steve Adams.

Artists are getting their paintbrushes and easels ready to take part in a special open air art competition inspired by our fine city.

The People's Tower being built which is a cardboard replica of St Peter Mancroft Church for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2014. The finished tower. Picture: Denise Bradley

A director of music, a city theatre and an art fair are among the people’s choice when it comes to Norfolk’s great champions of the arts.

A scene from the 1984 film Laughterhouse

It was a film which was a celebration of Norfolk, was first shown in Norwich, starring no fewer than 350 geese... and now, 30 years after its release, is being shown again.

Norfolk Entertainment

Goerdie comic Chris Ramsey returns to Norwich

Geordie funnyman Chris Ramsey relives his infamous TV moment, acclaimed blues guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor plus in, North Walsham stages its No/Where Cabaret, there is a celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan, a family fairytale show and five masters of magic baffle King’s Lynn. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.

Forfty Years On - the Alan Bennett play being staged by Sheringham Players. John Standish as the head, and Tim Travers as Mr Franklin.

It was after meeting playwright Alan Bennett in 2012 at Gresham’s School, Holt, that Bernice Escott and Moya Leighton decided that they would like to see a production of Bennett’s first play Forty Years 
On.

Paul Flannery as Treguard in Knightmare Live.

A tolling bell, a thumping heartbeat, an empty knapsack. For people of a certain generation that means only one thing: Knightmare.

Timothy Spall arriving at the BFI London film festival gala of  Mr. Turner at Odeon West End in Leicester Square, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday October 10, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Turner. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

On his death bed, celebrated landscape painter and watercolourist Joseph Mallord William Turner, who was a divisive figure in the 19th-century art world, reportedly lamented, “So I am to become a non-entity.”

Norfolk Sport

Luke Gray, a midfielder for Fakenham Town Under-18s. Picture: TONY MILES

Rugby and youth-team football are the key topics as the West Norfolk Sports Podcast returns after a two-week absence.

rugby

Swaffham’s players have held a clear-the-air meeting to help turn their troubled club’s fortunes around.

Dereham Town striker Luke Tuttle could be sidelined for up to two months. Picture: NEIL SMITH

Dereham Town boss Matt Henman believes his players’ FA Cup exploits can help them pull off a Trophy upset on Saturday.

Tristan Cliffe, left, faces the camera.

Snetterton’s only night race of the season takes place on Saturday when the Lotus Cup UK Championship will be settled in a two-hour night-time event.

Matthew Baker (Great Yarmouth CC), from Norwich, pictured on his way to his first win in the Youth Race at the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League meeting at Mistley. Picture: Fergus Muir

Matt Baker (Great Yarmouth CC) scored his first Eastern Cyclo-Cross League win after an exciting race at Mistley in which five different riders held the lead at various stages of the race.

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